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Tarot reading for tatas

OUR WORLD — A ROAR for Relay for Life Fundraiser! All proceeds go to American Cancer Society. October 24, and 31, in two hour blocks, each reading 10 minutes for $5 via Zoom.

Call Terri at 707-354-2485 to schedule your appointment. To pre-pay please call Kendra 179-946-5510 or 719-680-0693.

 

Children of the Inquisition: Online screening event and discussion

OUR WORLD — Temple Aaron of Trinidad Colorado will be screening the documentary film Children of the Inquisition in an online event Saturday, Oct. 24. You’ll have 48 hours to view the film: 5 pm MT on 10/22/20 to 5 pm MT 10/24/20.

After watching the film, join us Sat. Oct. 24, 6 pm for a live (via Zoom) discussion with Peabody award-winning producer Joseph Lovett. Joining him will be Carlos de Madeiros, a contemporary descendant featured in the film, and Corinne Brown (Vice President of Communications at Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies and Editor of their journal, HaLapid).

Cost for the film viewing and discussion is $10. Temple Aaron’s online screening of Children of the Inquisition is made possible with support from JewishColorado. Questions? email info@templeaaron.org or call 303-905-2161 Register: https://crm.templeaaron.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id =9 . A link to the film will be sent after registration.

Children of the Inquisition is a critically acclaimed documentary film that unearths 500 years of hidden history. It explores what happened to the families forced to convert to Catholicism or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions through the eyes of their contemporary descendants, many of whom are just discovering their often nuanced Jewish roots. Its story- tellers uncover the connections between their family’s journeys and this buried history. The discoveries of these flights to safety over the past 500 years give a new perspective to the world events we face today.

 

Dining with Diabetes Challenge free 4- week email program

OUR WORLD — Do you want to learn how to manage your diabetes with updated information? Dining with Diabetes invites you to enroll in an e-mail challenge. This 4-week program will encourage those with diabetes to improve their selfcare behaviors and learn: What is diabetes? What are carbohydrates and how many can I have? How to build a support system.

Participants will receive two weekly emails from CSU Ex- tension faculty to share diabetes health practices, recipes, goal setting and support to increase knowledge, try new approaches, and receive virtual support through a private Face- book group and local CSU Extension staff.

Register by Monday, Oct. 26 Register at: https://forms.gle/agZptm2LsTfMEACr8

The challenge starts Nov. 2. For more info contact extension agent, Laura Griffin at 719-583-6566.

 

Legal Resource Day free legal clinic

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — The 3rd Judicial District (Huerfano and Las Animas counties), Colorado Legal Services, and volunteer attorneys will host three virtual events on Tuesday, October 27, as part of Legal Resource Week, sponsored by Colorado Judicial Institute.

Residents of the district representing themselves in civil cases will have an opportunity from 1-6 p.m. to speak, free of charge, with an attorney during a 25-minute phone consulta- tion. Attorney consultations are by appointment only. These consultations are for informational purposes only and do not constitute attorney-client relationships.

Immediately preceding the Ask-A-Lawyer event, two virtual presentations will be offered. Log in information for both presentations is posted on the 3rd Judicial District’s website.

1. Legal Options for Relatives Raising Children, facilitated by Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Staff Attorney Kacie Mulhern, will be offered from 10-11 a.m. via WebEx. Topics covered include Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (APR) for Nonparents, Guardianship of Minors, and Kin- ship/Custodial Adoptions.

2. Consumer Bankruptcy Law presentation, facilitated by Pueblo-based Attorney at Law Thomas Mathiowetz, will be offered from 12-1 p.m. via WebEx. Topics covered will include Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy eligibility requirements, pre-bankruptcy planning, and information on dischargeable and non-dischargeable debts.

To make an appointment or to get presentation login in- formation, contact self-help coordinator Kate Johnson at 719- 695-6555 or sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/y2a2wvos

 

Hospice volunteer training

LAS ANIMAS/HUERFANO COUNTIES — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice is planning a fall volunteer training, Friday November 13 (note date change) in Trinidad. We are seeking volunteers both for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. There are many roles individuals can fill that provide invaluable support not only to patients, but perhaps even more so to families. In home volunteers may spend a few hours a week providing companionship, respite for family members, reading to patient, helping record their stories and the all-important role of being a good listener. All volunteer work does not need to be done in the home; errands can be run, weeds pulled, a dog walked, a meal cooked, administrative help in the office are just a few of the many other things that keep hospice wheels turning If you want to be part of an amazing organization doing great work please give me a call. There is a place for everyone. Please contact: Sandy Dolak; sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com; call or text: 719-251-1271

 

Nominate students for the Future Leaders Award

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Applications are being accepted now for the 2020-2021 Future Leaders program, presented by CBS4 and PDC Energy, to recognize Colorado high school students excelling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics.)

Teachers, parents, mentors, and others are encouraged to nominate students who they believe will be Colorado’s future STEM leaders. Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis now through April 2021. One student will be selected each month to receive this special recognition award that includes a $1,000 and a student profile on CBS4.

STEM studies may include, but are not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, computer and information technology science, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, anthropology, ecology, economics, robotics, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, astrophysics.

Nominations should include basic information on the student as well as information on the student’s STEM field of study/focus, and any extraordinary circumstances/obstacles the student has had to overcome in order to pursue his/her STEM studies. Nominate the next future leader at https://den- ver.cbslocal.com/future-leaders/

 

Nominations being accepted for the Colorado Redistricting Commission

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Help Trinidad/Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce (TLAC) find interested people! Do you know someone who would be perfect to apply for the Colorado Redistricting Commission? Please send the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_RTWVBu9heSAoHtjqGznTmVjLJ1TO1gHUpwCV7mObOM/prefill to your contacts to help find people to apply to the redistricting commission.

Their information will only be used by TLAC, it will not be sold or shared. After you nominate them TLAC will follow up with them to share information about the commission and how to apply! Thank you for helping Southern Colorado!

 

HUERFANO

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WALSENBURg — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

Discussion pods at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Discussion pods alternate each Thursday at 2 p.m. between book and movie discussions. Today, Thursday, October 22, we will kick off with an open book discussion! Come talk about what you are reading or your favorite recommendation! Sign-up opens each Monday for that Thursday’s Discussion Pod. Stop by the front desk or call 742-3572 to reserve your space!

 

Fall Scavenger Hunt in La Veta

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness is hosting a Fall Scavenger Hunt in La Veta Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.. Everything will be outside, with a map provided to show the perimeter of the hid- den objects. Prizes for the first 3 contestants that finish! Kids are welcome to dress up. $1 per entry. Registration booth will be outside Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St. beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 23. Call 719-742-3555 for additional information.

 

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

WALSENBURg — Join the Mayor at Heritage Park every Friday 11 am – 1 pm for community oriented improvement projects. There are countless little things we can do to make things better and the Mayor is confident that one of them has your name on it! Come have a little fun and become part of the solution!

 

Sensory Saturdays

LA VETA — Stimulate your young child’s senses with sensory activities while you work out Saturdays, Oct. 24 – Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main Street. The class is free to members or $5 day pass for non-members. Dress your kid for fun and work out while your child plays. Limited to ages 3 and up and only 5 kids allowed to promote social distancing. Call 719-742-3555 to reserve a spot.

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Oct. 25 the message is “In the Song and Silence” with music by Eldaa Royer.

 

Spooky story contest

HUERFANO COUNTY — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. A $50 first prize – donated by La Veta Galleries Supporting the Arts – will be awarded to top student in each category! Submissions are due Monday, October 26. For more information, contact the library or email stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

 

Water Conservancy District Board meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held remotely by GoTo Meeting Monday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.. A draft agenda and login information for the meeting are available on the HCWCD website at: www.hcwcd.net .

The public is welcome to join as follows: Join from computer, tablet or smartphone at : https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/251836869. To dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3311, Access Code: 251-836-869

 

La Veta Village Food Services boxes

LA VETA — For qualified individuals and families, please re- serve a box and schedule a pick-up, email lvvillageinc@gmail.com or call (719) 247-1393 before Wednes- day, October 28 for the next free food pick-up Saturday, Oc- tober 31, 9 – 10 a.m. at 109 E. Francisco St.

We also offer a grocery shopping service: (719) 357-7633. If you or someone you know is a 60+ year old senior, or have a preexisting condition that puts you at high risk and you live in the 81055 zip code and are in need of transporting groceries from Charlie’s to your home, please contact us at (719) 357- 7633 or email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com. Orders are taken Mondays and Thursdays. Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fri- days.– lavetavillage.org

Volunteering: If you would like to volunteer for La Veta Village Food services, please call us at 719-247-1393

 

Spooktacular Trunk or Treat at St. Mary

WALSENBURg — The 3rd annual free Trunk or Treat Street Community Event will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church, 121 E. 7th Street. This year will have a Pumpkin Carving Contest. Please bring the carved pumpkins to the church Friday, Oct. 30, 8 to noon or 1 to 5 for judging. All the pumpkins will be displayed during the drive by Trunk or Treat event.

This year’s event looks a little different due to COVID-19. It will be a drive by trunk or treat street. The health department approved the Spooktacular with these requirements: Not only should you wear your Halloween mask, but everyone in the car must also wear a COVID-19 face covering in order to remain compliant with the CDC guidelines. All families are welcome to attend this Spooktacular Event.

For more ways to be involved in this year’s event, please contact the event Coordinator: Rhonda D. Thibault-Lloyd at (970) 424-4478.

 

Halloween Costume Party at Walsenburg Golf Club

WALSENBURg — Come out for live music, costume contest, food and drink specials, and late night Karaoke Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. at Walsenburg Golf Club. Please RSVP by calling 719 -738-2730, space is very limited.

 

Ann Klikus 4-H Scholarship now available

LA VETA —A donation of $200 in memory of Ann Klikus, rancher’s wife, homemaker and La Veta School Head Cook was received by the Huerfano County Extension Office to honor her lifelong commitment to the students and community of La Veta. The donation will be used for scholarships to support 4-H youth in the Snowy Range 4-H Club in La Veta. The monies were donated to assist 4-H’ers in the La Veta club who need financial help with their 4-H enrollment, attending conferences, camps, or leadership events. To apply for the scholarship funds, youth in the Snowy Range 4-H club can contact the Huerfano County Extension Office. The extension office and the 4-H program would like to thank the anonymous donor who has entrusted these funds to us.

 

Tech Single Pod: Intro to Social Media

LA VETA — “What the Tech?!”, funded by IMLS, offers a single pod on Social Media Wednesday, Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m. -12:20 p.m. at La Veta Public Library. This will be an introduction to Social Media: what it’s used for, terms, the many different options available, and more! To register, call 719-742-3572 or stop by the front desk!

Inner Idea Artists, Clay & Fiber Art

show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The public is invited to see the new artwork on display at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus. The Inner Idea Artists are showing works by 6 of their members: Peggy Zehing, Marta Moore, Mary Sewell Cooper, David Zehring, Rena Kaplowitz, Maggie MacIndoe, and Lana Thomas. In the Main Gallery, Mary Scott, Judy Sims-Barlow, and Ann Gethen are offering exquisite wearable pieces created from an array of fibers. Robin Richards is also sharing some of her amazing cloth sculptures. Nicole Copel and Lori Hannon both have original, functional art made with clay.

Face masks are required, social distancing is observed, with a limit of 10 visitors at one time and no food or beverages are allowed. Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer are avail- able for guests. There is no admission fee and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719-742-3074.

SPACe is open Tues, Thurs. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The show will be on display until Nov. 7. SPACe, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships and donations.

2020 Parade of Lights canceled WALSENBURg — The 31st annual Holiday Parade of Lights

is canceled due to COVID 19 restrictions. See you next year!

 

Order Christmas wreaths & garlands now

LA VETA — If you love the smell of a fresh wreath and desire festive décor that will last throughout the holiday season, then we have the perfect opportunity for you! Upon the Rock Christian Camp is selling fresh Douglas fir wreaths for the Christmas season, both decorated and undecorated! Wreaths range from smallest at 18″ to largest at 36″ and garland is 25 feet. Please make your order via snail mail, phone, or our new website order form as soon as possible!

To order: P.O. Box 1007 La Veta, Colorado 81055; TEL: 719-742- 6777; upontherockcamp@gmail.com; office hours; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Delivery begins Dec. 2 – 5. The proceeds from this fund- raiser help to keep the ministry of Upon The Rock moving forward, and we are always grateful for your support! For more information: www.uponthertock.com.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Blood Drive today

TRINIDAD — City of Trinidad will host a Blood Drive Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Call Vitalant at 877-258-4825 to sign up; sponsor code: Trini- dad. COVID-19 antibody testing included.

 

Free COVID-19 testing

TRINIDAD — A free Community Testing Site is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. through October 28. at the Las Animas County Community Testing Site, (Justice Center) 2309 E. Main Street. No insurance or ID needed.

 

SCFC Family/friends/teens Zombie Paintball Gallery

TRINIDAD — Come join Southern Colorado Family Center for some zombie paintball gallery fun Friday, Oct. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Skateland. We will have three shooting rooms of horror targets. The cost is $5 per round.

At 7:30, the Zombie Paintball fun will continue for 11 – 17 year olds only. Your parent must sign you in and out. Parents are welcome to stay. We will have three shooting rooms of hor- ror targets. If you want to buy more paintballs, they will be $2 for 15. The first 30 paintballs will be free.

If you have any questions please call Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509

 

Pumpkin Patch open Saturdays and Sundays

HOEHNE — Come out and pick your pumpkins each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. through October at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75! Call Mary to schedule a private time for groups – 719-680-1402

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

Safe Trick or Treat Drive Thru Art Car Scare A Thon

TRINIDAD — Halloween in Trinidad will look a little different this year. The annual Safe Trick-or-Treats for Kids and Cos-tume Contest usually held downtown will not be taking place. Instead, families are invited to a “Safe Trick-or-Treat Drive- Thru Art Car Scare-a-Thon” Friday, October 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds.

In cooperation with the Art Cartopia Museum, the City of Trinidad Police Department, and Las Animas County Sheriff’s Department, The First National Bank in Trinidad plans to sponsor this “reverse parade” with the hope to keep everyone safe. Cars full of parents and children will drive around the perimeter of the fairgrounds to view the “Spooktakular” Art Cars that will be parked along the route. Trinidad merchants have donated enough candy to fill 1,000 bags of treats to be handed out to kids in the cars as they drive out.

Here’s to a happy and COVID-19 safe Halloween! For more information about this event, visit www.fnbtrinidad.com.

 

Call for artists: Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Commemorative Event

TRINIDAD — Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is announcing a Call for Artists/Request for Proposals for the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Commemorative Event . The deadline for entry is November 18, 2020.

The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is one of many organizations participating in the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Commemorative Event, which will successively occur along the original route of the trail throughout 2021. The event will formally take place in Trinidad from September 27 – October 3, 2021. The district wishes to commission an artist or artist team to develop a unique project in celebration of this event. The project budget is $1,500.00

The district seeks to commission an artist or artistic team to develop and produce a unique project which encompasses all or some of the Colorado portion of the Santa Fe Trail. The project may include any or all of the following: photography, text, video, performance, drawing or painting. The actual pro- duct will be negotiated with the commissioned artist or artist- team as part of their contract, based on their proposed medium of choice.

It is the intention of the creative district to display the work for eight weeks between Sept. 1 – Oct. 31, 2021; however, given the uncertainty of being able to display actual work dur- ing that time, the district reserves the right to present it online.

It is open to all artists who are legal US residents, age 18 and over, and who reside within the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District’s service area: southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. There is no entry fee.

The budget for this project is $1,500, which is inclusive of all artist costs related to the artist and/or team’s costs associated with the art project. In addition to the physical product produced for an applicant’s commission, the final product will also be delivered in digital form as specified in the contract.

Artist(s) will retain ownership and copyright of all mate- rials produced; however, artist will also grant Creative District use of all images and materials for educational, marketing, and promotional purposes.

How to Apply: Put “SANTA FE TRAIL SUBMISSION” in subject line and submit proposals through: TrinidadCDsubmissions@gmail.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For further information: If you have questions, please contact Mark Johnstone at: 208-720-5578.

 

COVID Small Business grant program

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage Center fall/winter hours

AgUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming fall-winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.

 

COLFAX

Early voting 2020 info

RATON — Colfax County Clerk Rayetta M. Trujillo, announces that anyone wishing to absentee vote in-person for November 3, 2020, general election may do so through Saturday, Oct. 31 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Regular office hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m..

 

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be tonight, Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street. Currently we engage in wildland and structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays.

 

Raton Ministerial Alliance food distribution

RATON — The next food distribution will be Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. until supplies are gone, everyone is welcome. at City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street.

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens

COLFAX COUNTY — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solano’s) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come- first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

 

Haunted Street drive-thru Trick-or-Treat

RATON — The safe trick or treat this year will be a drive through only event, Saturday, Oct. 31, 4 to 5 p.m. in Raton. Drive South on First Street From Ripley Park. All North Bound Traffic on First will be blocked from Cook Avenue to Savage Avenue. Trick-or- treaters must remain in their vehicles. Tune into KRTN to hear spooky sounds as your family drives down the street collecting treats from our participating businesses. The Elk’s Lodge will also be on-site handing out hot dogs.

 

Halloween Masquerade Concert

RATON — Come out for masquerade and concert Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. at Colfax Ale Cellar. Come dressed up in your favorite Halloween mask and enjoy the live music of Second- hand. In keeping with state COVID-19 mandates, seating is limited due to social distancing, so $5 ticket purchase is required. Ticket sales contribute to payment for the band.

 

Free 2 Worship Tour w/ 5ive, Kurtis Hoppie, & JP

RATON — Join us Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. for a special night of worship and hip hop at Mesa Church. The concert is free to attend. Wear your mask and social distance. There will be prizes for the best decorated mask, as well as best costume.

 

DCA launches new online portal for “Invite an Educator” program

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has launched a new website devoted to the Invite a DCA Educator program. This new online portal simplifies the process of welcoming an expert from one of the divisions of the DCA into a virtual classroom setting.

By visiting https://dcaeducates.nmculture.org and filling out a request form, school teachers, homeschool instructors, afterschool clubs, and community organizations can schedule an online visit from an educator to discuss a variety of subjects related to the DCA. The new website allows users to navigate through available programs via presenter, age group, or topic.

The DCA includes eight museums, seven historic sites, New Mexico Arts, the Office of Archeological Studies, the Historic Preservation Division, and the New Mexico State Library.

 

Out of this world Call to artists

PUEBLO — The Creations for Conservation Art Show is looking for artists to participate in this year’s show. The event will be a little different than in past years in that we are asking artists to 100% donate pieces. Art will be up for sale during the online show on Nov. 11-15 and all proceeds will be going to help the Pueblo Zoo animals as well as going to help conservation of native species through Rocky Mountain Wild.

Intake for art collection will be at the Pueblo Zoo on November 1 from Noon-7pm, November 2 & 3 from 9am-7pm, or Saturday the 7th by appointment. Artists who donate art will receive a pass to the Pueblo Zoo!

All mediums are welcome with an animal or nature theme and both professional AND amateurs are welcome to join.

Let us know if you have a website or business card you would like displayed in the show along with your pieces. We want to make sure everyone who sees the show knows where they can find the artists!

We are also looking to film artists working on their pieces, do a video highlighting a local gallery, and inter- views with artists. If you or anyone you know would like to do this please let us know and we will schedule a time for filming.

For more information, contact Brittany at bmerlo@pueblozoo.com.

Upcoming Events for week of October 15, 2020

throughout our world

Hospice volunteer training

LAS ANIMAS/HUERFANO COUNTIES — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice is planning a fall volunteer training, Friday November 13 (note date change) in Trinidad. We are seeking volunteers both for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. There are many roles individuals can fill that provide invaluable support not only to patients, but perhaps even more so to families. In home volunteers may spend a few hours a week providing companionship, respite for family members, reading to patient, helping record their stories and the all-important role of being a good listener. All volunteer work does not need to be done in the home; errands can be run, weeds pulled, a dog walked, a meal cooked, administrative help in the office are just a few of the many other things that keep hospice wheels turning If you want to be part of an amazing organization doing great work please give me a call. There is a place for everyone. Please contact Sandy Dolak; sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com; call or text: 719-251-1271

 

Children of the Inquisition: online screening event and discussion

OUR WORLD — Temple Aaron of Trinidad Colorado will be screening the documentary film Children of the Inquisition in an online event Saturday, Oct. 24. You’ll have 48 hours to view the film: 5 pm MT on 10/22/20 to 5 pm MT 10/24/20.

After watching the film, join us Sat. Oct. 24, 6 pm for a live (via Zoom) discussion with Peabody award-winning producer Joseph Lovett. Joining him will be Carlos de Madeiros, a contemporary descendant featured in the film, and Corinne Brown (Vice President of Communications at Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies and Editor of their journal, HaLapid).

Cost for the film viewing and discussion is $10. Temple Aaron’s online screening of Children of the Inquisition is made possible with support from JewishColorado. Questions? email info@templeaaron.org or call 303-905-2161 Register: https://crm.templeaaron.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id =9 . A link to the film will be sent after registration.

Children of the Inquisition is a critically acclaimed documentary film that unearths 500 years of hidden history. It explores what happened to the families forced to convert to Catholicism or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions through the eyes of their contemporary descendants, many of whom are just discovering their often nuanced Jewish roots. Its story- tellers uncover the connections between their family’s journeys and this buried history. The discoveries of these flights to safety over the past 500 years give a new perspective to the world events we face today.

 

Dining with Diabetes Challenge free four-week email program

OUR WORLD — Do you want to learn how to manage your diabetes with updated information? Dining with Diabetes invites you to enroll in an e-mail Challenge. This 4-week pro- gram will encourage individuals with diabetes to improve their diabetes selfcare behaviors and learn: What is diabetes? What are carbohydrates and how many can I have? How to build a support system.

Participants will receive two weekly emails from Extension faculty to share diabetes health practices, recipes, goal setting and support to increase knowledge, try new approaches, and receive virtual support through a private Facebook group and local Extension staff.

Register by Monday, Oct. 26  Register at: https://forms.gle/agZptm2LsTfMEACr8

The challenge starts Nov 2nd! For more information please contact CSU Extension Agent, Laura Griffin at 719-583- 6566.

 

Nominate students for the Future Leaders Award

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Applications are being accepted now for the 2020-2021 FUTURE LEADERS pro- gram, presented by CBS4 and PDC Energy, to recognize Col- orado high school students excelling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics.)

Teachers, parents, mentors, and others are encouraged to nominate students who they believe will be Colorado’s future STEM leaders. Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis now through April 2021. One student will be selected each month to receive this special recognition award that includes a $1,000 and a student profile on CBS4.

STEM studies may include, but are not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, computer and information technology science, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, anthropology, ecology, economics, robotics, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, astrophysics.

Nominations should include basic information on the student as well as information on the student’s STEM field of study/focus, and any extraordinary circumstances/obstacles the student has had to overcome in order to pursue his/her STEM studies. Nominate the next future leader at https://denver.cbslocal.com/future-leaders/. Click here to view past CBS4 Future Leaders.

 

Legal Resource Day free legal clinic

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — The 3rd Judicial District (Huerfano and Las Animas counties), Colorado Legal Services, and volunteer attorneys will host three virtual events on Tuesday, October 27, as part of Legal Resource Week, sponsored by Colorado Judicial Institute.

Residents of the district representing themselves in civil cases will have an opportunity from 1-6 p.m. to speak, free of charge, with an attorney during a 25-minute phone consultation. Attorney Consultations are by appointment only. These consultations are for informational purposes only and do not constitute attorney-client relationships.

Immediately preceding the Ask-A-Lawyer event, two virtual presentations will be offered. Log in information for both presentations is posted on the 3rd Judicial District’s website.

1. Legal Options for Relatives Raising Children, facilitated by Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Staff Attorney Kacie Mulhern, will be offered from 10-11 a.m. via WebEx. Topics covered include Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (APR) for Nonparents, Guardianship of Minors, and Kinship/Custodial Adoptions.

2. Consumer Bankruptcy Law presentation, facilitated by Pueblo-based Attorney at Law Thomas Mathiowetz, will be offered from 12-1 p.m. via WebEx. Topics covered will include Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy eligibility requirements, pre-bankruptcy planning, and information on dischargeable and non-dischargeable debts.

To make an appointment or to get presentation login in- formation, contact Self-Help Coordinator Kate Johnson at 719- 695-6555 or sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/y2a2wvos

 

HUERFANO

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WALSENBURG — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

Last La Veta farmers market

LA VETA — The last La Veta farmers market for the 2020 sea- son will be today, Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Meet Amos Mace at local farmers markets

LA VETA/GARDNER/WALSENBURG — Come tap elbows and talk with Amos Mace who will be in La Veta, next to the Library, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m.; in Gardner under the pavilion next to the Methodist Church on Saturday Oct. 17, 10 a.m. – Noon. Come meet and discuss issues. If people have question or would like to schedule a meeting with Amos please call 970-309-1799.

 

Huerfano Dems meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — We are having our monthly central committee meeting Thursday, Oct. 15 , 6 p.m. via Zoom. If you care to join in, please email huerfanodems100@gmail.com and we will send you an invite. At our meeting we will have up- dates from our elected officials on events in our county and will have some discussion on upcoming campaigning. Please get involved, we have a very important election this year! There is so much work to do and we need all the help we can get to be successful. We encourage everyone to visit our new website: huerfanodems.cum

 

Coffee with Sandy White

LA VETA/GARDNER/WALSENBURG — Join Sandy for cof- fee Saturday, October 17, 9 to 10 a.m. at Walsenburg Golf Club (Lathrop State Park), 1399 C.R. 502.

 

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

WALSENBURG — Join the Mayor at Heritage Park every Friday 11 am – 1 pm for community oriented improvement projects. There are countless little things we can do to make things better and the Mayor is confident that one of them has your name on it! Come have a little fun and become part of the solution!

 

The Night Gallery Sci/Fi Reception

LA VETA — Join us for an opening reception with Gary Wes- ton Friday, Oct. 16. Doors open at 5 p.m., Metropolis will be revealed with a special lights-out viewing around 7 p.m. Food, drink, music and fun for the whole family at The Painted Horse, 206 Main Street.

The Painted Horse Gallery presents for the first time, The Night Gallery – A solo exhibit of Sci/fi sculptural furniture by Gary Weston. Each piece of furniture in the exhibit has a story associated with an unusual event in history. Furniture inspired by Salvidore Dali, Rocker Man, Tessla, Philidelphia Experiment Lab, Lamp of Horrors and for the culmination of our evening, after dark, we will reveal a 7 foot tall chair inspired by Metropolis with dramatic electronics and lighting. For more information call 469-744-1082.

 

Stand-up comedy at the Fox

WALSENBURG — Derrick Stroup headlines when stand-up comedy returns to Walsenburg Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. Derrick is an Alabama native and is not your average slow-talking Southerner. with the cadence of a pissed- off auctioneer, he locks people in with his detailed stories and over the top energy. Derrick tours the South regularly and loves a Waffle House that’s clean and cares about its customers. Tickets are (2) for $40. Doors open at 6, ticket price includes delicious Fox popcorn!

Tickets for sale at: foxwalsenburg.com
For your safety and ours, Fox Walsenburg follows all requirements established by the Health Department.

These requirements include: Concessions and Libations will be delivered to you at your assigned seat by a team member; Ticket sales will be limited to 50% of seat capacity; Only certain seats will be available to ensure proper social distancing in the theaters and facilitate cleaning; Staff will wear face masks and have their temperature taken upon arrival; Customers are re- quired to wear face masks unless eating or drinking; Cus- tomers are required to maintain proper social distancing; Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online or use contact-less payment methods at the theatre; All high touch point areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly including seats, and armrests.

 

Last Gardner Farmers Market on Saturday

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Mar- ket will see it’s last day Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Live music at Walsenburg Golf Course

WALSENBURG — Daniel Topash (Acoustic Rock) will per- form Saturday, Oct. 17, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Walsenburg Golf Course Clubhouse. No cover! Come out for great music, food, beverages, and awesome view! No park pass required.

 

Inner Idea Artists, Clay & Fiber Art show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The public is invited to see the new artwork on display at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus. The Inner Idea Artists are showing works by six of their members: Peggy Zehing, Marta Moore, Mary Sewell Cooper, David Zehring, Rena Kaplowitz, Maggie MacIndoe, and Lana Thomas. In the Main Gallery, Mary Scott, Judy Sims-Barlow, and Ann Gethen are offering exquisite wearable pieces created from an array of fibers. Robin Richards is also sharing some of her amazing cloth sculptures. Nicole Copel and Lori Hannon both have original, functional art made with clay.

Face masks are required, social distancing is observed, with a limit of 10 visitors at one time and no food or beverages are allowed. Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer are avail- able for guests. There is no admission fee and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719-742-3074.

SPACe is open Tues, Thurs. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The show will be on display until Nov. 7. SPACe, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships and donations.

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Oct. 18 the message is “In Reverence, Hope and Wonder” with music by Eldaa Royer.

 

Tech Squad Pod: Computer Basics at LVPL

LA VETA — La Veta Public Library is offering a 5 week “What the Tech” class with sessions on Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., October 19 through November 16.

“What the Tech?!”, funding by IMLS, offers a 5-week squad pod on computer basics! This is an introduction to the desktop, file system, security, maintenance, internet, e-mail, and more! You are committing to the full 5 weeks with your squad. To register, call 719-742-3572 or stop by the front desk.

 

Free Diabetes Self-Management classes

WALSENBURG — Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is pleased to offer the public a series of FREE classes to help those with diabetes improve their health by learning more about self- care.

These informal classes — held both online and in-person – will review healthy eating, active lifestyle tips, blood sugar monitoring techniques, medications, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing health risks and more.

Participants will learn in group and individual sessions, guided by a Certified Health Care team, resulting in a Personalized Diabetes Management Plan and the knowledge to better manage diabetes.

The classes will be held Wednesdays at 3 p.m on: Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4. These classes are completely free of charge. To register, please call Ellen White at 719-738-5200 Ext. 407.

 

Fall Scavenger Hunt in La Veta

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness is hosting a Fall Scavenger Hunt in La Veta Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.. Everything will be outside, with a map provided to show the perimeter of the hid- den objects. Prizes for the first 3 contestants that finish! Kids are welcome to dress up. $1 per entry. Registration booth will be outside Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St. beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 23. Call 719-742-3555 for additional information.

 

Spooky story contest

HUERFANO COUNTY — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. A $50 first prize – donated by the La Veta Galleries Supporting the Arts – will be awarded to top student in each category! Submissions are due Monday, October 26. For more information, contact the library or email stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

 

Spooktacular Trunk or Treat at St. Mary

WALSENBURG — The 3rd annual free Trunk or Treat Street Community Event plus Pumpkin Carving Contest will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 121 E. 7th Street . More details coming soon to make this year’s Spooktacular event even more exciting.

This years event looks a little different due to COVID-19. It will be a drive by trunk or treat street. Health Department approved the Spooktacular with these requirements: Not only should you wear your Halloween mask, but everyone in the car must also wear a COVID-19 face covering in order to remain compliant with the CDC guidelines. All families are welcome to attend this Spooktacular Event.

For more ways to be involved in this year’s event, please contact the event coordinator: Rhonda D. Thibault-Lloyd at (970) 424-4478.

 

Ann Klikus 4-H Scholarship now available

LA VETA —A donation of $200 in memory of Ann Klikus, rancher’s wife, homemaker and La Veta School Head Cook was received by the Huerfano County Extension Office to honor her lifelong commitment to the students and community of La Veta. The donation will be used for scholarships to support 4- H youth in the Snowy Range 4-H Club in La Veta. The monies were donated to assist 4-H’ers in the La Veta club who need financial help with their 4-H enrollment, attending conferences, camps, or leadership events. To apply for the scholarship funds, youth in the Snowy Range 4-H club can contact the Huerfano County Extension Office. The Huerfano County Ex- tension Office and the 4-H program would like to thank the anonymous donor who has entrusted these funds to us.

 

Time to plan for the 2020 Parade of Lights!

WALSENBURG — The 31st annual Holiday Parade of Lights will be held Friday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.. The theme this year is “Christmas, Past and Present!”. The parade entry forms are at Legends Flooring & Interior, 726 Main Street. For more information call 719-738-2033.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Pumpkin Patch open Saturdays and Sundays

HOEHNE — Come out and pick your pumpkins each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. through October at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75! Call Mary to schedule a private time for groups – 719-680-1402

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

Leaders of the Future student registration now

TRINIDAD — High School students are invited to join Mt. Carmel’s Leaders of the Future program which begins virtually Monday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This well-developed program offers expert advice to help prepare students for the road ahead.

Knowledgeable guest speakers will present valuable in- formation about career opportunities, scholarships, and trade schools. We will also provide instructions on how to write resumes and essays.

All Students: Receive a drawstring backpack filled with a water bottle, mechanical pencils, a notebook, highlighters, 8MG USB and masks, and much more!

Seniors: Apply for $1000 scholarship (2 available) Application and essay required.
Register here: www.mtcarmelcenter.org/…/leaders-of-the-future-3

 

Blood Drive in Trinidad

TRINIDAD — City of Trinidad will host a Blood Drive Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Call Vitalant at 877-258-4825 to sign up; sponsor code: Trini- dad. COVID 19 antibody testing included.

 

SCFC Family/friends Zombie Paintball Gallery

TRINIDAD — Come join Southern Colorado Family Center for some zombie paintball gallery fun Friday, Oct. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Skateland. We will have three shooting rooms of horror targets. The cost is $5 per round. If you have any questions please call Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509

 

A Spooky Comedy Showcase with Jordan Doll and friends!

TRINIDAD — Jordan Doll is a standup comedian, actor and writer from Denver, Colorado where he is a regular at the world famous Comedy Works. Doll will be performing Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT).

Masks are required for entry into this socially distanced comedy show and must be worn while moving throughout the venue. Susceptible populations are strongly recommended to refrain from participating in this event. There are less than 50 seats available so get your tickets before they’re gone.

 

Safe Trick or Treat Drive Thru Art Car Scare A Thon

TRINIDAD — Halloween in Trinidad will look a little different this year. The annual Safe Trick-or-Treats for Kids and Costume Contest usually held downtown will not be taking place. Instead, families are invited to a “Safe Trick-or-Treat Drive- Thru Art Car Scare-a-Thon” Friday, October 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds.

In cooperation with the Art Cartopia Museum, the City of Trinidad Police Department, and Las Animas County Sheriff’s Department, The First National Bank in Trinidad plans to sponsor this “reverse parade” with the hope to keep everyone safe. Cars full of parents and children will drive around the perimeter of the fairgrounds to view the “Spooktakular” Art Cars that will be parked along the route. Trinidad merchants have donated enough candy to fill 1,000 bags of treats that will be handed out to the youthful occupants in the cars as they drive out.

Here’s to a Happy and COVID-19-Safe Halloween! For more information about this event, visit www.fnbtrinidad.com.

 

COVID Small Business grant program

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage center winter hours

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming Fall-Winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.

 

COLFAX

Absentee voting 2020 info

RATON — Rayetta M. Trujillo, Colfax County Clerk announces that anyone wishing to absentee vote in-person for November 3, 2020, general election may do so beginning October 6, 2020 through Saturday, Oct. 31 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Reg- ular office hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.. Anyone desiring to vote by mail may request an application at NMvote.org or from the County Clerk’s Office (575) 445-5551. Every Registered Voter was mailed an Absentee Application in September. If you have moved and need to up- date, your address, please call the Clerk’s Office. The last day for the County Clerk to receive your application for an absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

 

Luna Offering Eight-Week Courses- register by Friday!

SPRINGER/LAS VEGAS — Luna Community College is offering a number of eight-week courses set to begin the week of Oct. 12. Registration for the classes is now open and will continue through Friday, Oct. 16.

Those seeking more information and details about how to enroll are advised to visit luna.edu/schedule or call 505-454-

2550.The college typically offers a select number of short-term courses for various reasons, including the fact they may fit more readily into some students’ schedules.

This fall, the offerings include Cultures of the World, Introduction to Business, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Short Fiction, First-Year Seminar for College Students, U.S. History II, Algebra with Applications, Music Appreciation: Western Music, American National Government, Introduction to Video Game Development, Introduction to Sociology, History of Christianity, Introduction to Psychology, Medical Terminology. More classes, including one in baking, are expected to be added to the list.

Tuition rates at Luna remain among the best values in the Southwest, starting at $40 per credit hour for in-district residents. Additionally, financial assistance is available.

Classes will run through the end of the fall semester on Dec. 4. As with most of the classes this semester, they will be offered online to help ensure the health and safety of students and others in the campus community.

 

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be tonight, Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street. Currently we engage in wild land and structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays.

 

Raton Ministerial Alliance food distribution

RATON — The next food distribution will be Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. until supplies are gone, everyone is welcome. at City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street.

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens

COLFAX COUNTY — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solanos) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

 

Haunted Street drive-thru Trick-Or-Treat

RATON — The safe trick or treat this year will be a drive through only event, Saturday, Oct. 31, 4 to 5 p.m. in Raton. Drive South on First Street From Ripley Park. All North Bound Traffic on First will be blocked from Cook Avenue to Savage Avenue. Trick -Or- Treaters MUST remain in their vehicles. Tune into KRTN to hear spooky sounds as your family drives down the street collecting treats from our participating businesses. Elk’s Lodge will also be on-site handing out Hot Dogs!!!

 

DCA launches new online portal for “Invite an Educator” program

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has launched a new website devoted to the Invite a DCA Educator program. This new online portal simplifies the process of welcoming an expert from one of the divisions of the DCA into a virtual classroom setting.

By visiting https://dcaeducates.nmculture.org and filling out a request form, school teachers, homeschool in- structors, afterschool clubs, and community organizations can schedule an online visit from an educator to discuss a variety of subjects related to the DCA. The new website allows users to navigate through available programs via presenter, age group, or topic.

The DCA includes eight museums, seven historic sites, New Mexico Arts, the Office of Archeological Studies, the Historic Preservation Division, and the New Mexico State

Upcoming Events for week of October 8, 2020

The Mediterranean Diet-Webinar

OUR WORLD — Join CSU Extension-Pueblo County Agent, Laura Griffin, to learn how to apply the Mediterranean diet to enjoy good food and improve your health Thursday, October 22, 1 to 3 p.m.; registration deadline is Wednesday, October 21. A link will be provided at registration. Registration required at: https://meddietoct.eventbrite.com . For more info, call 719- 583-6566.

During this free 2-hour webinar presented on Zoom, Griffin will cover: The key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle; How foods in the Mediterranean diet contribute to health; and Strategies for incorporating Mediterranean foods and habits into your life as you sample quick, easy recipes.

 

Mental Health Colorado to host online candidate forums

DEnVER — As a nonpartisan organization, Mental Health Colorado doesn’t endorse candidates, but the nonprofit advocacy group is educating candidates and constituents from all parties about the urgency of supporting healthier minds across the lifespan for all Coloradans. Mental Health Colorado will host a series of candidate forums ahead of election day with one goal: ensuring all Colorado voters are confident that anyone they are voting for will lead us in the right direction on mental health.

During each forum, Mental Health Colorado will ask candidates questions about what’s at stake for mental health in this election, why voting down the ballot matters for mental health, and what supporting improved mental health across the lifespan looks like from the perspective of the office they seek.

 

District Attorney and Board of Education – Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12 p.m.

Registration is live, and the forums are free to attend. Reg- ister at: https://www.mentalhealthcolorado.org/event/2020-candidate-forums. Mental Health Colorado has a platform on their website where candidates can submit a statement regarding their respective mental health priorities. Candidates also have the option to consult with Mental Health Colorado staff about policy priorities for mental health. The platforms, consultations, and forums are a part of Mental Health Colorado’s goal to make sure mental health is on every ballot.

 

Patrick J. Kennedy featured at virtual Mental Health Colorado fundraising gala

DEnVER — For 37 years, Mental Health Colorado—the state’s leading mental health advocate—has hosted their annual Tribute Gala fundraiser. For the first time, the event will be virtual and former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy will give the keynote. With former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers as the host, attendees will hear stories of hope, recovery, and courage, while paying tribute to those working to achieve healthier minds across the lifespan for all Coloradans by ending shame and discrimination, improving access to housing and support, and prioritizing mental wellness for Colorado’s children.

In 2015, Kennedy co-authored the New York Times Best-seller, “A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction,” which details a bold plan for the future of mental health care in America. In 2017, he was appointed to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Reggie Rivers, former Denver Bronco, will be interview- ing Kennedy for Mental Health Colorado’s Virtual Tribute Gala on Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.. Registration is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. Register and donate at www.mentalhealthcolorado.org/tribute2020.

 

A new meat school coming to a town or computer near you!

OUR WORLD — Are you interested in learning more about production, processing and selling high quality meat through diverse market channels? Would you like new ways to manage risk in your livestock business and improve your profit- ability? If the answers are yes, then you’ll want to check out the Western Meat School.

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN), an Extension program housed at Oregon State University, is collaborating with Colorado State University and other institutions to offer this 6-week class. Funded by Western Extension Risk Management Education grants and the Globetrotter Foundation, the Western Meat School is an accessible and affordable way for farmers and ranchers to learn the most practical aspects of producing and marketing meat while deepening their understanding of the full niche meat supply chain. You can attend classes at one of 4 sites in Colorado: Montrose, Rocky Ford, Pueblo or Colorado Springs, or from your own home computer.

All speakers will be brought to you via the Zoom webinar platform. Classes cover marketing, production, and process- ing topics – all critical for direct marketing high-quality meat. Classes will also include a live beef animal evaluation and yield analysis demonstration with Nathan Parker of the Oregon State University Clark Meat Science Center, and similar “hoof to rail” demonstrations on pig and lamb carcasses at the University of Wyoming Meat Lab. Participants will receive a text and gain access to a resource guide, recorded videos, and optional add-on modules, one on hogs (breeds, forages and finishing) and another on meat pricing.

Registration is open now, the deadline to enroll is October 28th. Classes begin on November 4th and run every Wednesday evening through December 16th (skipping Thanksgiving week). Visit the Western Meat School website to learn more and enroll. For more information, please contact Martha Sullins, Colorado State University Extension, at martha.sullins@colostate.edu.

 

Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census

OUR WORLD — Don’t miss your chance to get counted in the 2020 Census. Households that have not been counted are encouraged to respond today, as time is running out.

Census takers in Colorado are currently following up with households that have not yet responded – and it’s making a difference. More than 96% of Colorado housing units have been accounted for so far. We urge Coloradans to cooperate with census takers to make sure everyone living their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.

It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail — all without having to meet a census taker. This is the first year the census has been con- ducted primarily online, which has helped with responses during the pandemic.

Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge.

The Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working together to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees. Census takers are trained to follow CDC recommendations.

Ways to respond now: Online at 2020census.gov; by phone at 844-330-2020 in English and 12 Non-English languages; by mail using the paper questionnaire mailed to non- responding addresses

 

Hospice volunteer training

LAS AnIMAS/HUERfAnO COUnTIES — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice is planning a fall volunteer training, Friday, October 30 in Trinidad. We are seeking volunteers both for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. There are many roles individuals can fill that provide invaluable support not only to patients, but perhaps even more so to families. In home volunteers may spend a few hours a week providing companionship, respite for family members, reading to patient, helping record their stories and the all-important role of being a good listener. All volunteer work does not need to be done in the home; errands can be run, weeds pulled, a dog walked, a meal cooked, administrative help in the office are just a few of the many other things that keep hospice wheels turning If you want to be part of an amazing organization doing great work please give me a call. There is a place for everyone. PLEASE CONTACT: SANDY DOLAK; sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com; call or text: 719-251-1271

 

HUERFANO

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WALSEnBURG — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

Last La Veta farmers market

LA VETA — The last La Veta farmers market for the 2020 sea- son will be this Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Meet Amos Mace at local farmers markets

LA VETA/GARDnER/WALSEnBURG — Come tap elbows and talk with Amos Mace who will be in La Veta, next to the Library, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 3-5 p.m.; in Gardner under the pavilion next to the Methodist Church on Saturday Oct. 10, 10 a.m. – Noon. Come meet and discuss issues. If people have question or would like to schedule a meeting with Amos please call 970-309-1799.

 

Coffee with Sandy White

LA VETA/GARDnER/WALSEnBURG — Join Sandy for coffee Friday, October 9, 9 to 10 a.m. at GOP Headquarters, 511 Main Street, Walsenburg; Wednesday, October 14, 9 to 10 a.m. at H&H Café, 902 W. 7th Street, Walsenburg; Saturday, October 17, 9 to 10 a.m. at Walsenburg Golf Club (Lathrop State Park), 1399 C.R. 502.

 

Live music at Walsenburg Golf Course

WALSEnBURG — Kurt Corsair with the Apache Creek Fiddlers will perform Friday, Oct. 9, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Walsenburg Golf Course Clubhouse. Come out for great music, food, beverages, and awesome view!

 

Gardner farmers market

GARDnER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.(until Oct. 17) under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Inner Idea Artists, Clay & Fiber Art show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The public is invited to see the new artwork on display now at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus. There will be a reception Saturday,. Oct. 10, 5 – 7 p.m.. The Inner Idea Artists are show- ing works by 6 of their members: Peggy Zehing, Marta Moore, Mary Sewell Cooper, David Zehring, Rena Kaplowitz, Maggie MacIndoe, and Lana Thomas. In the Main Gallery, Mary Scott, Judy Sims-Barlow, and Ann Gethen are offering exquisite wearable pieces created from an array of fibers. Robin Richards is also sharing some of her amazing cloth sculptures. Nicole Copel and Lori Hannon both have original, functional art made with clay.

Face masks are required, social distancing is observed, with a limit of 10 visitors at one time and no food or beverages are allowed. Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer are avail- able for guests. There is no admission fee and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719-742-3074.

SPACe is open Tues, Thurs. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The show will be on display until Nov. 7. SPACe, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships and donations.

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Oct. 11 the message is “The Life We Share” with guest musician Tom Munch.

 

Ann Klikus 4-H Scholarship now available

LA VETA —A donation of $200 in memory of Ann Klikus, rancher’s wife, homemaker and La Veta School Head Cook was received by the Huerfano County Extension Office to honor her lifelong commitment to the students and community of La Veta. The donation will be used for scholarships to support 4- H youth in the Snowy Range 4-H Club in La Veta. The monies were donated to assist 4-H’ers in the La Veta club who need financial help with their 4-H enrollment, attending conferences, camps, or leadership events. To apply for the scholarship funds, youth in the Snowy Range 4-H club can contact the Huerfano County Extension Office. The Huerfano County Ex- tension Office and the 4-H program would like to thank the anonymous donor who has entrusted these funds to us.

 

Free virtual legal clinic

WALSEnBURG — Despite the COVID-19 closures of libraries across Colorado, the Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) clinics will still be held as scheduled. The next clinic will be Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4 to 5 p.m. As a work-around, instead of clinic patrons coming in-person to your local public library (which is closed), the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron’s telephone directly, during the clinic hours, using the phone number provided. Please contact your Spanish Peaks Library at (719) 738-2774 to be added to the sign-up sheet. Space is limited. Library staff will be checking messages, so leave a message.

 

Lauren Boebert joins the Republicans via zoom

WALSEnBURG — The Huerfano County Republic Committee will meet Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 p.m. to welcome Lauren Boebert, Congressional candidate for District 3 via zoom (the link will be sent out later). Then, at 6 p.m., we will convene our regularly scheduled monthly meeting. We are grateful for the amazing support and the number of volunteers helping with candidate help, phone calling and headquarters staffing.

You are making a difference in this extremely crucial voting year. Join us in person at 511 Main Street or on Zoom, then feel free to come eat with us at the La Plaza Inn after the meet- ing. Remember, we have free candidate signs and a variety of Trump paraphernalia for sale.

 

Free Diabetes Self-Management Classes

WALSEnBURG — Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is pleased to offer the public a series of FREE classes to help those with diabetes improve their health by learning more about self-care.

These informal classes — held both online and in-person – – will review healthy eating, active lifestyle tips, blood sugar monitoring techniques, medications, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing health risks and more.

Participants will learn in group and individual sessions, guided by a Certified Health Care team, resulting in a Personalized Diabetes Management Plan and the knowledge to better manage diabetes.

The classes will be held Wednesdays at 3 p.m on: Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4. These classes are completely free of charge. To register, please call Ellen White at 719-738-5200 Ext. 407.

 

Huerfano Parks and Recreation District regular meeting

WALSEnBURG — The Huerfano Parks and Recreation Dis- trict Board of Directors has called a Regular Meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 4:30 p.m at the La Plaza B&B Inn, 118 W. 6th Street. The purpose of the meeting will be to conduct the business of the Huerfano Parks and Recreation District. The public notice and agenda will be posted at 118 W. 6th St. For more information about the meeting, contact Marilyn Russell, Chair, Huerfano Parks and Recreation District, at russellm9999@gmail.com.

 

Huerfano Dems meeting

HUERfAnO COUnTy — We are having our July central committee meeting Thursday, Oct. 15 , 6 p.m. via Zoom. If you care to join in, please email huerfanodems100@gmail.com and we will send you an invite. At our meeting we will have updates from our elected officials on events in our county and will have some discussion on upcoming campaigning. Please get involved, we have a very important election this year! There is somuchworktodoandweneedallthehelpwecangettobe successful. We encourage everyone to visit our new website: huerfanodems.com

 

Stand-up Comedy Returns to Fox Walsenburg

WALSEnBURG — Derrick Stroup headlines when stand-up comedy returns to Walsenburg Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. Derrick is an Alabama native and is not your average slow-talking Southerner. with the cadence of a pissed-off auctioneer, he locks people in with his detailed stories and over the top energy. Derrick tours the South regularly and loves a Waffle House that’s clean and cares about its customers. Tickets are (2) for $40.

 

Spooky story contest

HUERfAnO COUnTy — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. A $50 first prize – donated by the La Veta Galleries Supporting the Arts – will be awarded to top student in each category! Submissions are due Monday, October 26. For more information, contact the library or email stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

 

Time to plan for the 2020 Parade of Lights!

WALSEnBURG — The 31st annual Holiday Parade of Lights will be held Friday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.. The theme this year is “Christmas, Past and Present!”. The parade entry forms are at Legends Flooring & Interior, 726 Main Street. For more information call 719-738-2033.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Survival is Insufficient – call to artists

TRInIDAD — The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District invites all artists and creatives in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico to submit their work to an online multimedia salon, focusing upon the theme: “Survival is Insufficient.” Participants will share how they have continued to be creative during the pandemic. Featured works will include pieces that are thematically connected to artists’ experiences and insights related to the pandemic, as well as other works completed as they have carried on with their lives.

People working in all media, including crafts, music, writing, performance arts, quilting, dance, painting, happenings, printmaking or any other creative medium are invited to participate.

Works submitted should be done during the pandemic. As a salon, works represented will reflect experiences during this unique and challenging season. Original work only. This multimedia salon will include visual, musical, literary and performance pieces, with images or self-produced YouTube videos.

This salon will take place on the Creative District website. The salon may be accessed through the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District website www.corazondetrinidad.org, or through the Creative District Facebook page beginning Tuesday, September 22.

Complete submission guidelines are available at Survival is Insufficient Submission Guidelines. If you have questions, contact Doug Holdread at or 719-680-3900

 

Pumpkin Patch open Saturdays and Sundays

HOEHnE — Come out and pick your pumpkins each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. through October at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75! Call Mary to schedule a private time for groups – 719-680-1402

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRInIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

COVID Small Business grant program

LAS AnIMAS COUnTy — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

2nd Annual Fall Festival

HOEHnE — Nicols Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75.1, is offering this event free to the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families. Come out and participate in our pumpkin patch Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.! This is an outdoor event. Social Distancing and masks encouraged per CDC Guidelines. For more information con- tact us at 719-220-4558

 

Free legal help at Carnegie Library

TRInIDAD — While the library is open for curbside service only, you can still sign up for Free Legal Help on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 3 to 4 p.m.. Just call the library at 719-846-6841 to sign up. On the date and time of the event, the attorney will call you during the hour. Please call the library (846-6841) to reserve a time slot.

 

Leaders of the Future student registration now

TRInIDAD — High School students are invited to join Mt. Carmel’s Leaders of the Future program which begins virtually Monday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This well-developed program offers expert advice to help prepare students for the road ahead.

Knowledgeable guest speakers will present valuable in- formation about career opportunities, scholarships, and trade schools. We will also provide instructions on how to write resumes and essays.

All Students: Receive a drawstring backpack filled with a water bottle, mechanical pencils, a notebook, highlighters, 8MG USB and masks, and much more!

Seniors: Apply for $1000 scholarship (2 available) Application and essay required.
Register here: www.mtcarmelcenter.org/…/leaders-of-the-fu- ture-3

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage center winter hours

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming Fall-Winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.

 

Safe Trick or Treat Drive Thru Art Car Scare A Thon

TRInIDAD — Halloween in Trinidad will look a little differ- ent this year. The annual Safe Trick-or-Treats for Kids and Costume Contest usually held downtown will not be taking place. Instead, families are invited to a “Safe Trick-or-Treat Drive- Thru Art Car Scare-a-Thon” Friday, October 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds.

In cooperation with the Art Cartopia Museum, the City of Trinidad Police Department, and Las Animas County Sheriff’s Department, The First National Bank in Trinidad plans to sponsor this “reverse parade” with the hope to keep everyone safe. Cars full of parents and children will drive around the perimeter of the fairgrounds to view the “Spooktakular” Art Cars that will be parked along the route. Trinidad merchants have donated enough candy to fill 1,000 bags of treats that will be handed out to the youthful occupants in the cars as they drive out.

Here’s to a Happy and COVID-19-Safe Halloween! For more information about this event, visit www.fnbtrinidad.com.

 

COLFAX

Absentee voting 2020 info

RATOn — Rayetta M. Trujillo, Colfax County Clerk announces that anyone wishing to absentee vote in-person for November 3, 2020, general election may do so beginning October 6, 2020 through Saturday, Oct. 31 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Regular office hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.. Anyone desiring to vote by mail may request an application at NMvote.org or from the County Clerk’s Office (575)445-5551. Every Registered Voter was mailed an Absentee Application in September. If you have moved and need to up- date, your address, please call the Clerk’s Office. The last day for the County Clerk to receive your application for an absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

 

Luna Offering Eight-Week Courses-register now!

SPRInGER/LAS VEGAS — Luna Community College is offering a number of eight-week courses set to begin the week of Oct. 12. Registration for the classes is now open and will continue through Friday, Oct. 16.

Those seeking more information and details about how to enroll are advised to visit luna.edu/schedule or call 505-454- 2550.

The college typically offers a select number of short-term courses for various reasons, including the fact they may fit more readily into some students’ schedules.

This fall, the offerings include Cultures of the World, Introduction to Business, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Short Fiction, First-Year Seminar for College Students, U.S. History II, Algebra with Applications, Music Appreciation: Western Music, American National Government, Introduction to Video Game Development, Introduction to Sociology, History of Christianity, Introduction to Psychology, Medical Terminology. More classes, including one in bak- ing, are expected to be added to the list.

Tuition rates at Luna remain among the best values in the Southwest, starting at $40 per credit hour for in-district residents. Additionally, financial assistance is available.

Classes will run through the end of the fall semester on Dec. 4. As with most of the classes this semester, they will be offered online to help ensure the health and safety of students and others in the campus community.

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens

COLfAX COUnTy — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solanos) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATOn — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive- through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

 

Haunted Street drive-thru Trick-Or-Treat

RATOn — The safe trick or treat this year will be a drive through only event, Saturday, Oct. 31, 4 to 5 p.m. in Raton. Drive South on First Street From Ripley Park. All North Bound Traffic on First will be blocked from Cook Avenue to Savage Avenue. Trick -Or- Treaters MUST remain in their vehicles. Tune into KRTN to hear spooky sounds as your family drives down the street collecting treats from our participating businesses. Elk’s Lodge will also be on-site handing out Hot Dogs!!!

 

Out of this world

Call to artists

PUEBLO — The Creations for Conservation Art Show is look- ing for artists to participate in this year’s show. The event will be a little different than in past years in that we are asking art- ists to 100% donate pieces. Art will be up for sale during the online show on Nov 11-15 and all proceeds will be going to help the Pueblo Zoo animals as well as going to help conservation of native species through Rocky Mountain Wild.

Intake for art collection will be at the Pueblo Zoo on November 1 from Noon-7pm, November 2 & 3 from 9am-7pm, or Saturday the 7th by appointment. Artists who donate art will receive a pass to the Pueblo Zoo!

All mediums are welcome with an animal or nature theme and both professional AND amateurs are welcome to join. Please let us know if you have a website or business card you would like displayed in the show along with your pieces. We want to make sure everyone who sees the show knows where they can find the artists!

We are also looking to film a few artists working on their pieces, do a video highlighting a local gallery, and other interviews with artists just talking about what they do. If you or anyone you know would like to do this please let us know and we will schedule a time for filming.

If you have any questions, contact Brittany at bmerlo@pueblozoo.com. You can also visit the event’s web- site for more information below!

Upcoming Events for week of October 1, 2020

SOCO Electric Vehicle (EV) survey

sOUtheRN COLORaDO — Pueblo County is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan that will identify key partnerships and actionable strategies that will help the county prepare for EVs and make EV adoption easy and affordable. We are circulating an EV survey right now throughout southern Colorado.

Pueblo County received DOLA funds to pursue an EV Readiness Plan, and this survey is the first stage. We are looking for all Southern Colorado residents to complete this survey – not just Pueblo County. The consultants will parse out responses by zip code and we will use the feedback to help us with future EVSE installations and EV program planning, and will share it with our stakeholders. : Go to: https://www.sur- veymonkey.com/r/PuebloCountyEV . Thanks for your input!

 

The Mediterranean Diet-Webinar

OUR WORLD — Join CSU Extension-Pueblo County Agent, Laura Griffin, to learn how to apply the Mediterranean diet to enjoy good food and improve your health Thursday, October 22, 1 to 3 p.m.; registration deadline is Wednesday, October 21. A link will be provided at registration. Registration required at: https://meddietoct.eventbrite.com . For more info, call 719- 583-6566.

During this free 2-hour webinar presented on Zoom, Griffin will cover: The key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle; How foods in the Mediterranean diet contribute to health; and Strategies for incorporating Mediterranean foods and habits into your life as you sample quick, easy recipes.

 

Mental Health Colorado to host online candidate forums

DeNVeR — As a nonpartisan organization, Mental Health Colorado doesn’t endorse candidates, but the nonprofit advocacy group is educating candidates and constituents from all parties about the urgency of supporting healthier minds across the lifespan for all Coloradans. Mental Health Colorado will host a series of candidate forums ahead of election day with

one goal: ensuring all Colorado voters are confident that anyone they are voting for will lead us in the right direction on mental health.

During each forum, Mental Health Colorado will ask candidates questions about what’s at stake for mental health in this election, why voting down the ballot matters for mental health, and what supporting improved mental health across the lifespan looks like from the perspective of the office they seek.The dates for the forums are as follows:

State House – today, Thursday, Oct. 1, 12 p.m.
District Attorney and Board of Education – Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12 p.m.

Registration is live, and the forums are free to attend. Register at: https://www.mentalhealthcolorado.org/event/2020-candidate-forums. Mental Health Colorado has a platform on their website where candidates can submit a statement regard- ing their respective mental health priorities. Candidates also have the option to consult with Mental Health Colorado staff about policy priorities for mental health. The platforms, consultations, and forums are a part of Mental Health Colorado’s goal to make sure mental health is on every ballot.

 

A New Meat School coming to a town or computer near you!

OUR WORLD — Are you interested in learning more about production, processing and selling high quality meat through diverse market channels? Would you like new ways to manage risk in your livestock business and improve your profitability? If the answers are yes, then you’ll want to check out the Western Meat School.

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN), an Extension program housed at Oregon State University, is collaborating with Colorado State University and other institutions to offer this 6-week class. Funded by Western Extension Risk Management Education grants and the Globetrotter Foundation, the Western Meat School is an accessible and af- fordable way for farmers and ranchers to learn the most practical aspects of producing and marketing meat while deepening their understanding of the full niche meat supply chain. You can attend classes at one of 4 sites in Colorado: Montrose, Rocky Ford, Pueblo or Colorado Springs, or from your own home computer.

All speakers will be brought to you via the Zoom webinar platform. Classes cover marketing, production, and process- ing topics – all critical for direct marketing high-quality meat. Classes will also include a live beef animal evaluation and yield analysis demonstration with Nathan Parker of the Oregon State University Clark Meat Science Center, and similar “hoof to rail” demonstrations on pig and lamb carcasses at the University of Wyoming Meat Lab. Participants will receive a text and gain access to a resource guide, recorded videos, and optional add-on modules, one on hogs (breeds, forages and finishing) and another on meat pricing.

Registration is open now, the deadline to enroll is October 28th. Classes begin on November 4th and run every Wednesday evening through December 16th (skipping Thanksgiving week). Visit the Western Meat School website to learn more and enroll. For more information, please contact Martha Sullins, Colorado State University Extension, at martha.sullins@colostate.edu.

 

Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census

OUR WORLD — Don’t miss your chance to get counted in the 2020 Census. Households that have not been counted are encouraged to respond today, as time is running out.

Census takers in Colorado are currently following up with households that have not yet responded – and it’s making a difference. More than 96% of Colorado housing units have been accounted for so far. We urge Coloradans to cooperate with census takers to make sure everyone living their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.

It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail — all without having to meet a census taker. This is the first year the census has been con- ducted primarily online, which has helped with responses during the pandemic.

Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge.

The Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working together to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees. Census takers are trained to follow CDC recommendations.

Ways to respond now: Online at 2020census.gov; by phone at 844-330-2020 in English and 12 Non-English languages; by mail using the paper questionnaire mailed to non- responding addresses

 

HUERFANO

Coffee with Sandy White

La Veta/gaRDNeR/WaLseNBURg — Join Sandy for coffee 9 – 10 a.m., Thursday Oct. 1, at H&H Café, 902 W. 7th Street, Walsenburg; and 9 – 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at Walsenburg Golf Club (Lathrop State Park), 1399 C.R. 502.

 

HCCC Zoom meeting today at noon.

hUeRFaNO COUNty — The Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) is now sponsored by the Business Alliance this year. Our monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 1, 12 p.m. will be a Zoom meeting. To receive an invitation to the meeting email: Deb Channel at: dchannel356@gmail.com. Please let Deb Channel know if you have anything you want discuss on the agenda. Although we are on limited exposure, there’s a lot going on.

 

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WaLseNBURg — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

La Veta/Cuchara Chamber monthly meeting today

La Veta — The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce will be having their monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 1, 4 p.m. at the La Veta fire station. Enter at the north entrance. If you wish to be on the agenda please contact us in advance at info@lavetacucharachamber.com

 

La Veta farmers market

La Veta — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday through Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Drive-in movie every Friday

La Veta — The teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be hosting a drive-in movie every Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the 4-H barn. $5 per person…

 

Two Peaks Fitness holds Half Marathon and Fun Run

La Veta — The Las Animas-Huerfano County Health Department has approved this year’s Spanish Peaks Half Marathon and Two Mile Fun Run for Saturday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m.. These are out and back runs from the Grandote Peaks Club- house. The half marathon, a RABA Cinco event, is along the scenic Highway of Legends (CO State Hwy 12), while the fun run is within Grandote Peaks. Start times are staggered to pro- mote social distancing. Register at active.com or twopeaksfitness.org/activities/running-events. Walk-up registration also available; t-shirts may be limited. Registration fee is $45 for the half marathon; $20 for the fun run (9 am). Packet pickup is Friday Oct. 2 2-6 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness,216 S Main St. or Saturday, Oct. 3 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Grandote Peaks Clubhouse.

 

Swinging for a Better Future 4 man scramble-Sponsors and players- sign up now!

WaLseNBURg — The 2020 John Mall Panther Open will be held Saturday, October 3 at Walsenburg Golf Course and will benefit the Huerfano 4 Kids fundraising group, a non-profit, school approved organization, whose programs focus on improving the opportunities for students in Huerfano County.

“Swinging for a Better Future!” is an 18 Hole – 4-Man Scramble which begins with sign ups at 8 a.m.; the Shotgun start is at 9 a.m.. The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per team and includes, cart, green fee, range balls. Mulligans are $10 each, 2 per player maximum; 50/50 Raffle; Longest Drive Contest – $5; Closest to the Pin – $5

For additional information, please contact Randy Royse at The Walsenburg golf course @ (719) 738-2730. Sign Sponsorship- This sponsor will receive signage at a specific assigned hole on the course. The company logo/sign will be on the tee box of your designated hole. The cost is $50. Thank you for your support.

 

Check Out The Leaves Ride

WaLseNBURg — Join Cruisin’ Pueblo for a casual, fun bicycle ride in Walsenburg Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m.. We will be riding from the Welcome Center to Lathrop State Park, around the park and back.

Meet at the Spanish Peaks Country Welcome Center in Walsenburg, 400 Main St (the old train station with a Red Caboose) at 9:30 am. We will roll out at 9:50 a.m. This ride is about 12 miles with an optional 2 miles if the group feels up to it.

Gravel bikes, fat tire bikes, or mountain bikes are recommended over skinny road bike tires since the country road is gravel. Estimated time of return to the Welcome Center will be 12:00 pm.

There will be 2 rest stops with water and bathrooms avail- able. Food and beverages are optional afterward at Rollin’ Smoke Garage BBQ. This will be a free, moderate paced – no one left behind ride.

Masks highly suggested for the rest stops. Helmets and water are also a good idea. Don’t forget some money if you want to partake after the ride

 

65+ Drive-thru flu shot clinic

WaLseNBURg — This year, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot. The good news… it’s easier than ever! Our clinic in Walsenburg is hosting a Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Outreach and Women’s Clinic, 129 Kansas Avenue for those 65 and older (FluZone – High Dose). That’s right, you won’t even need to get out of your car to get this important vaccine and a friend can drive you if you wish.

In order to expedite the flow of the Drive-Thru clinic please adhere to the following:
• Bring and wear a mask (everyone in the vehicle must be wearing a mask)
• Only those receiving the vaccine should be in the vehicle
• Bring your own pen
• Wear short sleeves
• Position yourself in the vehicle so that the desired arm to receive the shot is closest to a window
• Bring photocopies of your insurance card (front and back please)
• Stay in the vehicle at all times
• Plan to park for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor for reactions
**Due to COVID19 we ask that if you are having symptoms or are isolating/quarantining to not come to the Drive Thru Flu Clinic, there will be other options/dates available to receive the vaccine. Please call 738-4590 if you have questions and we look forward to seeing you!

 

Gardner farmers market

gaRDNeR — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUChaRa — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Oct. 4 the message is “The Gift of Love” with guest musician Peggy Arnold-Hoobler.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market Sundays

WaLseNBURg — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday 11 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all.

 

Fall Show at SPACe

La Veta — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council invites everyone to the Fall Show, with featured artists Rebecca Meyers, Hugh Keating and Carrie Fox now through Oct. 3. Due to Health Dept. requirements, only 10 people at a time are allowed inside, face coverings, and social distancing are required, so no refreshments.

Rebecca Meyers is showing an amazing collection of Native American and African cultures’ masks, created from clay and re-purposed materials. Along the same lines, Gary Weston has new fantastical works also from re-purposed materials. Hugh Keating is showing some of his crayon and acrylic works featuring loosely rendered architectural scenes on canvas, and Carrie Fox has included contemporary embroidery and photography “sketches” inspired by the rivers and wildlife in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Other area artists sharing their original art are Kathy Hill, Ann Gethen, Cathy Mullens, Pat Newell, Karen Voepel, Kenny Schneider, Barb Kowalik, Jim Lambert, Gordon “Shorty” Schockey, Martha Lancaster, and Linda Shelley.

 

Special meeting: Huerfano Parks and Recreation District

WaLseNBURg — The Huerfano Parks and Recreation District Board of Directors has called a Special Meeting Thursday, Oct. 7, 2020, 4:30 p.m. at La Plaza B&B Inn, 118 W. 6th Street. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the status of and opening the Huerfano County Recreation Center to meet Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department COVID safety procedures. The Board will make no decisions at this meeting. The public notice and agenda are posted at 118 W. 6th Street. For more information about the meeting, contact Marilyn Russell, Chair, Huerfano Parks and Recreation District, at russellm9999@gmail.com.

 

Farm Bureau candidate forum canceled

WaLseNBURg — Huerfano County Farm Bureau will not hold a candidate forum Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 to 9 p.m. at Washington School.

 

Lauren Boebert joins the Republicans via zoom

WaLseNBURg — The Huerfano County Republic Commit- tee will meet Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 p.m. to welcome Lauren Boebert, Congressional candidate for District 3 via zoom (the link will be sent out later). Then, at 6 p.m., we will convene our regularly scheduled monthly meeting. We are grateful for the amazing support and the number of volunteers helping with candidate help, phone calling and headquarters staffing.

You are making a difference in this extremely crucial voting year. Join us in person at 511 Main Street or on Zoom, then feel free to come eat with us at the La Plaza Inn after the meet- ing. Remember, we have free candidate signs and a variety of Trump paraphernalia for sale.

 

Spooky story contest

hUeRFaNO COUNty — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. A $50 first prize – donated by the La Veta Galleries Supporting the Arts – will be awarded to top student in each category! Submissions are due Monday, October 26. For more information, contact the library or email stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

 

LAS ANIMAS

Senior Day at Books & More

tRiNiDaD — Sept. Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street, is Friday, Oct. 2 Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

 

Survival is Insufficient – call to artists

tRiNiDaD — The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District invites all artists and creatives in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico to submit their work to an online multimedia salon, focusing upon the theme: “Survival is Insufficient.” Participants will share how they have continued to be creative during the pandemic. Featured works will include pieces that are thematically connected to artists’ experiences and insights related to the pandemic, as well as other works completed as they have carried on with their lives.

People working in all media, including crafts, music, writ- ing, performance arts, quilting, dance, painting, happenings, printmaking or any other creative medium are invited to participate.

Works submitted should be done during the pandemic. As a salon, works represented will reflect experiences during this unique and challenging season. Original work only. This multimedia salon will include visual, musical, literary and performance pieces, with images or self-produced YouTube videos.

This salon will take place on the Creative District website. The salon may be accessed through the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District website www.corazondetrinidad.org, or through the Creative District Facebook page beginning Tuesday, September 22.

Complete submission guidelines are available at Survival is Insufficient Submission Guidelines. If you have questions, contact Doug Holdread at or 719-680-3900

 

Good Food Project farm stand Friday

JaNseN — This Friday, Oct. 2 will be our last farm stand of the season! We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of our volunteers and community members that have staunchly supported this labor of love.

This week we will have: Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions, Carrots, Pumpkins, Radishes, Basil, Greens and chard, Farm Eggs, Honey, And more! The farm stand is located 33812 Highway 12 in Jansen.

 

2020 Purgatoire River Annual Fall Cleanup

tRiNiDaD — Join Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association for the 2020 Purgatoire River Annual Fall Cleanup Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m.. Come help take care of your river plus free snacks, speakers & river goodies!

 

ABC 2nd Annual Day at the Ranch

tRiNiDaD — ABC Disability Support Group has partnered with Lazy Y D Horse Village Therapeutic Program, 39511 Hwy 160, to offer this event free to the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families Friday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come out and participate in our mini rodeo! This is an outdoor event. Social Distancing and masks encouraged per CDC Guidelines. For more information contact us at 719- 220-4558

 

Pumpkin Patch open Saturdays and Sundays

hOehNe — Come out and pick your pumpkins each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. through October at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75! Call Mary to schedule a private time for groups – 719-680-1402

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

tRiNiDaD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

Blessing of The Animals (Feast Of St. Francis)

tRiNiDaD — Join us for a drive by blessing of the animals Sunday, October 4, 5 to 6 p.m. at United Methodist Church. All animals are welcome!

 

COVID Small Business grant program

Las aNiMas COUNty — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

Meet the candidates

tRiNiDaD — Join the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6pm to hear from the candidates running for Senate District 35, Senate District 64, US Colorado House District 4, US House District 64, District Attorney, and County Commissioners. There will also be information shared regarding ballot measures and propositions. For more information contact the Chamber at 719-846- 9285.

 

2nd Annual Fall Festival

hOehNe — Nicols Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75.1, is offering this event free to the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families. Come out and participate in our pumpkin patch Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.! This is an outdoor event. Social Distancing and masks encouraged per CDC Guidelines. For more information contact us at 719-220-4558

 

Leaders of the Future student registration now

tRiNiDaD — High School students are invited to join Mt. Carmel’s Leaders of the Future program which begins virtually Monday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This well-developed program offers expert advice to help prepare students for the road ahead.

Knowledgeable guest speakers will present valuable information about career opportunities, scholarships, and trade schools. We will also provide instructions on how to write resumes and essays.

All Students: Receive a drawstring backpack filled with a water bottle, mechanical pencils, a notebook, highlighters, 8MG USB and masks, and much more!

Seniors: Apply for $1000 scholarship (2 available) Application and essay required.
Register here: https://www.mtcarmelcenter.org/…/leaders- of-the-future-3

 

Fishers Peak State Park new website

tRiNiDaD — The new Fishers Peak State Park website was launched over the weekend! There are still a few additions to make as we continue down this planning path. Visit it today! https://www.fisherspeakstatepark.com/

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage center winter hours

agUiLaR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming Fall-Winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie a t 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203

 

COLFAX

Ribbon Cutting today for Raton Motors

RatON — There will be a ribbon cutting by the Raton Ambassadors and a Key to the Heart of the City presentation by Raton MainStreet today, Thursday, October 1, 4 p.m. for the new business, Raton Motors, 300 N. 2nd Street. Raton Motors is a used car and auto detailing shop owned by Noby Gomez. Raton Motors Business Hours are Mon – Fri 8 am – 5 pm and 8 am to Noon on Saturdays by appointment. Phone is 575-445- 9678 for more information.

 

Ribbon cutting Friday for Willow Springs Traders

RatON — The Raton Ambassadors will host a ribbon cutting Friday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m. for Willow Springs Traders, 1222 South 2nd Street.

 

Raton Recycling Center

RatON — The Raton Regional Recycling Hub Facility, Armex Building, 420 East 4th Ave. is currently limited to the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on an as-needed basis for large loads of materials (call 575-445-9181). The Center will be open Saturday, Oct. 3. Check back for information on additional hours. We are working on acquiring collection trailers, which are expected to be spread around the area and be available for daily deposits of materials.

Accepted Materials: Corrugated cardboard and brown paper bags; mixed paper including junk mail, magazines, and newspapers; plastic #1 bottles with necks, caps, and labels like water and soda bottles or salad dressing; plastic #2 bottles like laundry detergent, milk, and juice jugs (no motor oil products); steel / tin cans (clean soup,) vegetable, pet food, and sauce containers; aluminum beverage cans, clean food containers, pie pans, and foil. Visit the website: www.ratonnm.gov/156/Recycling for more information.

In Raton, there are non-governmental organizations where you can take selected recyclables. Citizens for the Developmentally Disabled, 230 E 4th Avenue, will pay a variable rate for aluminum cans and some types of copper. Call them at 575-445-5674 for collection days and times.

 

Luna Offering Eight-Week Courses- register now!

sPRiNgeR/Las Vegas — Luna Community College is offering a number of eight-week courses set to begin the week of Oct. 12. Registration for the classes is now open and will continue through Friday, Oct. 16.

Those seeking more information and details about how to enroll are advised to visit luna.edu/schedule or call 505-454- 2550.

The college typically offers a select number of short-term courses for various reasons, including the fact they may fit more readily into some students’ schedules.

This fall, the offerings include Cultures of the World, Introduction to Business, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Short Fiction, First-Year Seminar for College Students, U.S. History II, Algebra with Applications, Music Appreciation: Western Music, American National Government, Introduction to Video Game Development, Introduction to Sociology, History of Christianity, Introduction to Psychology, Medical Terminology. More classes, including one in bak- ing, are expected to be added to the list.

Tuition rates at Luna remain among the best values in the Southwest, starting at $40 per credit hour for in-district residents. Additionally, financial assistance is available.

Classes will run through the end of the fall semester on Dec. 4. As with most of the classes this semester, they will be offered online to help ensure the health and safety of students and others in the campus community.

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens soon

COLFaX COUNty — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solanos) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RatON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come- first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

 

Raton Regional Aquatic Center open for lap swims

RatON — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation-Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open. Lap Swim is Monday-Fridays 6 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p. m.- 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 – 11 a.m..

 

out of this world

Pueblo Historical Ghost Walk

PUeBLO — Enjoy storytelling of Pueblo’s past Friday, Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. This tour begins at El Pueblo History Museum and travels through town ending at the Heritage Museum. You will meet 10 “ghosts” of Pueblo’s past along the way. The walk typically lasts one and a half hours and benefits the Domestic Violence Task Force in association with the Sheriff’s office

 

Upcoming Events for week of September 24, 2020

throughout our world

Borderlands online lecture: Fort Lewis Indian School

OUR WORLD — Join us for a Zoom lecture tonight, Thursday, September 24, 6 p.m. for our next Borderlands of Southern Col- orado online lecture. In this lecture, Dr. Majel Boxer will present “Any Step Back Into the Old Ways is Naturally a Hindrance: Fort Lewis Indian School, 1892-1911”

This presentation focuses on locating and “hearing” the voices of Indigenous students attending Fort Lewis Indian School during the two decades of operation. Dr. Boxer will explore how the federal Indian policy of assimilation was manifested in the daily life of children attending the boarding school.

Dr. Majel Boxer (Sisseton and Wahpeton Dakota) is an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Montana. Dr. Boxer served as the 2018-2019 president of the American Indian Studies Association, serves as a contributing editor to Wicazo Sa Review and is currently an associate professor of Native American & Indigenous Studies at Fort Lewis College.

The event is free and open to the public. Register for this meeting at: https://zoom.us/…/1115974203241/WN_Tz0swmeYTDuD_LP8jbcNtQ

Please consider supporting the Borderlands Lecture Series by contributing at http://coloradogives.org/CommunityMuseumsOnline. Our Online Borderlands Lecture Series is generously supported by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and Colorado State University Pueblo.

 

Senator Bennet’s office outreach for Southern Colorado

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Do you need help dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs, IRS, Social Security Administration, or another federal agency? Do you have a suggestion for Congress that will help your family or community? If so, then Senator Bennet invites you to connect with Jennifer Barela, the Southeast Regional Constituent Advocate. Jennifer is scheduling one-on-one conversations with constituents from Huerfano, Las Animas and Fremont Counties on Monday and Wednesday afternoons now through Wednesday, September 30. Connect with her and explore how Senator Bennet’s office may be helpful.

To schedule an appointment, please send an email to Jennifer_barela@bennet.senate.gov. Please include your name, address, and phone number, and a brief description of the issue you want to address, as this will help her assist you. If you are already working with someone in our office, please include that information in your email, as well. If you have any questions feel free to call Jennifer at 719-542-7550.

You do not need to wait for these office hours to reach out to any of Senator Bennet’s offices for help. Please call our offices at any time to share your opinions or ask for assistance. Washington office: 261 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, Phone: (202) 224-5852; or Denver office: 1244 Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80204, Phone: (303) 455-7600.

 

Colorado Proud Virtual Lunch and Learn Roundtable

OUR WORLD — Tuesday, Sept. 29, 12 to 1 p.m. join a zoom meeting “Resilience in Southern Colorado Agriculture: Adapting, Recovering and Thriving”. A mix of Southern Colorado-based ag panelists will share their stories, to help guide other ag communities in building resilience and thriving through the challenges of 2020, and strategic shifts for new opportunities and productivity.

The panelists are: Wendy White, marketing specialist, Colorado Proud: Moderator for the panel discussion;

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg, Colorado Department of Agriculture: Southern Colorado’s resiliency over the past six months, a look ahead into ag this fall, next year;

Jim Ehrlich, executive director, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Monte Vista: Potato crop, weather challenges, export disruptions;

Max Fields and James Plate, Fields to Plate Produce, first-generation produce farmers, Durango: Transportation and distribution, CSAs, alternative dining experiences, marketing and social media;

George Whitten, cattle producer, San Juan Ranch, San Luis Valley near Saguache: Beef production, supply chain, consumer interest in local beef and;

Michael Hirakata, fourth-generation farmer, Hirakata Farms, Rocky Ford: Work force, harvest update, farmers/road- side markets, local support, multi-generational farming

Held online via Zoom – RSVP: https:// us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CiEq67IcSpifomldxJT4Ig The meeting password, link and phone number will be provided with RSVP. “Check-in” will begin starting at 11:45 a.m., with discussion starting promptly at Noon.

 

SOCO Electric Vehicle (EV) survey

SOUTHERN COLORADO — Pueblo County is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan that will identify key partnerships and actionable strategies that will help the county prepare for EVs and make EV adoption easy and affordable. We are circulating an EV survey right now throughout Southern Colorado.

Pueblo County received DOLA funds to pursue an EV Readiness Plan, and this survey is the first stage. We are look- ing for all Southern Colorado residents to complete this survey – not just Pueblo County. The consultants will parse out responses by zip code and we will use the feedback to help us with future EVSE installations and EV program planning, and will share it with our stakeholders. : Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PuebloCountyEV . Thanks for your input!

 

Gallagher Amendment informational webinars

OUR WORLD — Downtown Colorado Inc. (DCI) and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) have teamed up once again to establish and present educational content to build awareness and informed action on the Gallagher Amendment in advance of the November election as the Col-orado Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Property Tax Assessment Rates Measure has made it to November’s ballot.

The Future of Fiscal Health will be on tap Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m.. Join us for a panel discussion with Urban Representatives, moderated by Reeves Brown, who will dis- cuss the unintended consequences of the statewide amendment which has adverse impacts on Colorado’s metro areas across the state.

Please contact Maggie at membership@downtowncoloradoinc.org with and questions about how to register, suggestions or comments.

 

HUERFANO

RE-2 seeks volunteers for Branding and Visual Identity Guidelines

LA VETA — The Board of Education of the La Veta School District RE-2 is seeking letters of interest to serve on a short-term committee to address the District’s Branding and Visual Identity Guidelines. A new mascot will be considered this fall, along with other elements of “branding” and “visual identity” including: definition of colors (specifying “Crimson” and determining an accent color, for instance gray or black), fonts, and symbols to be used in the new building, on uniforms and other school-branded apparel, and on business cards, letter- head, and electronic communications like the website and social media accounts.

A committee of approximately 15 people will be appointed on Monday, Sept. 28, and the committee is scheduled to meet in the school library at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates: Mondays, Oct. 5, and Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 (joint session with the School Board), Nov. 16, and Nov. 30 (joint session with the School Board)

Residents of the La Veta School District RE-2 may submit a letter of interest to serve on this committee by sending a letter to the Board of Education at P.O. Box 85, La Veta, CO 81055 or by e-mail to boe@lvk12.org. All applicants must commit to attendance on the scheduled meeting nights.

The committee will be responsible for working with TreanorHL, the district’s architectural firm, and a contracted graphic artist, Mr. Tim Kliewer of Kliewer Design Co. Members will be charged with seeking public input through surveys and focus groups and studying the historical record of the school. The committee will make recommendations to the Board of Education, while the Board will retain the authority for final decisions on Branding and Visual Identity Guidelines, with plans to adopt those on or before December 21, 2020.

 

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WALSENBURG — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

La Veta farmers market

LA VETA — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday through Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Wahatoya Lake Trail work day

LA VETA — Bring your work gloves, hats, water, and smiles Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. for the Wahatoya Lake Trail work day.

Meet at the Wahatoya Lake Trail Elm Street parking lot. See you there!

 

Drive-in movie every Friday

LA VETA — The teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be host- ing a drive-in movie every Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the 4-H barn. $5 per person…

 

Tire collection event in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Last year the “tire roundup” was for the 81055 La Veta area. This year it is for 81089 Walsenburg area. The event will be on Saturday, September 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Walsenburg Public Works garage parking lot, 525 S. Albert.

Each household is limited to nine passenger auto or light truck tires. Proof of 81089 residence will be needed. If you have tires that are larger than 22 inches in diameter, or tires with rims in, call ahead and leave a message at 303-449-6483 so that we can make arrangements with the private hauler to accept them. This collection event is not open to any commercial entity or tire business.

This year’s “tire roundup” will be conducted by volunteer members of the Huerfano County2 Road Clean Up Committee just as the La Veta event last year. This collection is a free service of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

 

Coffee with Sandy White

LA VETA/GARDNER/WALSENBURG — Join Sandy for cof- fee 9– 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at the pavilion next to Gardner United Methodist Church, Hwy 69, Gardner; 9 – 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 28, at The Divide, Cuchara Ave E, Cuchara; 9 – 10 a.m., Thursday Oct. 1, at H&H Café, 902 W. 7th Street, Walsenburg; and 9 – 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at Walsenburg Golf Club (Lathrop State Park), 1399 C.R. 502.

 

La Veta Village garage sale

LA VETA — Every Saturday through Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a garage sale at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco Street. All donations go toward the Assisted Living Project.

 

65+ Drive-thru flu shot clinic

LA VETA/WALSENBURG — This year, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot. The good news… it’s easier than ever! Our clinics in Walsenburg and La Veta are each hosting a Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic for those 65 and older (FluZone – High Dose). That’s right, you won’t even need to get out of your car to get this important vaccine and a friend can drive you if you wish.

Clinic dates/times are:
La Veta – Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Family Clinic La Veta, 908 S. Oak
Walsenburg – Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Outreach and Women’s Clinic, 129 Kansas Avenue.

In order to expedite the flow of the Drive-Thru clinic please adhere to the following:
• Bring and wear a mask (everyone in the vehicle must be wearing a mask)
• Only those receiving the vaccine should be in the vehicle
• Bring your own pen
• Wear short sleeves
• Position yourself in the vehicle so that the desired arm to receive the shot is closest to a window
• Bring photocopies of your insurance card (front and back please)
• Stay in the vehicle at all times
• Plan to park for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor for reactions
**Due to COVID19 we ask that if you are having symptoms or are isolating/quarantining to not come to the Drive Thru Flu Clinic, there will be other options/dates available to receive the vaccine. Please call 738-4590 if you have questions and we look forward to seeing you!

 

Gardner Farmers Market

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Sept. 26 the message is “As The Sun Rises,” with guest musician Eldaa Royer or Peggy Hoobler.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market Sundays

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday 11 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all.

 

Disc golf tournament and mini-festival at CMP

CUCHARA — The 2020 Inaugural Cuchara Mountain Park “Fall Colors” disc golf tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at Cuchara Mountain Park 1234 Panadero Avenue. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m., tournament begins at 10 a.m.. There are two divisions – open to all: 1.Competitive division with cashprizes for a $30 entry fee; 2. Recreational division for beginners, novices or people who just want to have fun: just make a $1 donation or more to the park! Everyone is welcome! We are also looking for SPONSORS! Sign up, donate, or be a sponsor at: Discgolfscene.com . Just use the tournament tab at the top then scroll down the left and select Colorado, then scroll down the list to our tournament then select and follow the prompts. You may also email one of us with any questions: Jim Swenson – jswen077@aol.com or John Galusha – john@huerfano.us

Jim Swenson said “We are hoping to use this event to en- courage people to come out and join us and turn in into a mini festival. Visitors will be introduced to the renovated ski lodge and the Baker Creek Event center is serving hot dogs and beverages. We would like to invite Huerfano County businesses/entrepreneurs to come out and participate in some way if possible. Maybe even just jump on as a sponsor.”

 

Kurt Corsair & Apache Creek Fiddlers at Walsenburg Golf Club

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Golf Club presents local cowboy and singer-songwriter Kurt Corsair with old-fashioned Texas-style fiddlers, Apache Creek Fiddlers Saturday, Sept. 26, 6 to 9 p.m.. Come out to hear good music, enjoy the view, and have a nice casual dinner!

 

Water Conservancy District Board meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held remotely by GoTo Meeting on Monday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.. A draft agenda and login information for the meeting are available on the HCWCD website at: www.hcwcd.net .

The public is welcome to join as follows: Join from computer, tablet or smart -phone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/717011117, or dial in using your phone: (312) 757-3121; Access Code: 717-011-117.

 

State Candidate forum presented by KSPK Radio

WALSENBURG — This online event will be held Monday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on KSPK radio, 102.3. The Fox Theatre Walsenburg will LIVE STREAM the event from their page. The in-person event at the hotel is not open to the public, only candidates and the staff required to produce the event

 

Two Peaks expands group yoga offerings

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness is expanding their group yoga sessions! Classes will now be every Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. – noon. starting Tuesday, Sept. 29. The classes feature Ashtanga Yoga, led by a certified instructor.

Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St, classes are limited to 5 participants for social distancing. These classes are free to Two Peaks Fitness, SilverSneakers, and Renew Active members; daily membership is $5. Call 719-742-3555 for additional information.

 

Lathrop hosts coat, hat, and glove drive

WALSENBURG — Lathrop State Park is hosting a winter clothing drive for boys and girls during the month of September. All clothing will be distributed to our local Huerfano County schools: Peakview, Gardner, and La Veta. We need us- able hats, gloves, and coats for boys and girls. There are three drop off locations: Lathrop State Park visitor center; Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, 23500 US Hwy 160; and JM Tire, 928 Main Street. For more information contact Danette Barela at 719-738-2376 x 7 or danette.barela@state.co.us .

 

Fall Show at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council invites everyone to the Fall Show, with featured artists Rebecca Meyers, Hugh Keating and Carrie Fox now through Oct. 3. Due to Health Dept. requirements, only 10 people at a time are allowed inside, face coverings, and social distancing are required, so no refreshments.

Rebecca Meyers is showing an amazing collection of Native American and African cultures’ masks, created from clay and re-purposed materials. Along the same lines, Gary Weston has new fantastical works also from re-purposed ma- terials. Hugh Keating is showing some of his crayon and acrylic works featuring loosely rendered architectural scenes on canvas, and Carrie Fox has included contemporary embroidery and photography “sketches” inspired by the rivers and wildlife in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Other area artists sharing their original art are Kathy Hill, Ann Gethen, Cathy Mullens, Pat Newell, Karen Voepel, Kenny Schneider, Barb Kowalik, Jim Lambert, Gordon “Shorty” Schockey, Martha Lancaster, and Linda Shelley.

 

Two Peaks Fitness holds Half Marathon and Fun Run

LA VETA — The Las Animas-Huerfano County Health Department has approved this year’s Spanish Peaks Half Marathon and Two Mile Fun Run for Saturday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m.. These are out and back runs from the Grandote Peaks Clubhouse. The half marathon, a RABA Cinco event, is along the scenic Highway of Legends (CO State Hwy 12), while the fun run is within Grandote Peaks. Start times are staggered to pro- mote social distancing. Register at active.com or twopeaksfitness.org/activities/running-events. Walk-up registration also available; t-shirts may be limited. Registration fee is $45 for the half marathon; $20 for the fun run (9 am). Packet pickup is Friday Oct. 2 2-6 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness,216 S Main St. or Saturday, Oct. 3 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Grandote Peaks Clubhouse.

 

Swinging for a Better Future 4 man scramble-Sponsors and players- sign up now!

WALSENBURG — The 2020 John Mall Panther Open will be held Saturday, October 3 at Walsenburg Golf Course and will benefit the Huerfano 4 Kids fundraising group, a non-profit, school approved organization, whose programs focus on im- proving the opportunities for students in Huerfano County.

“Swinging for a Better Future!” is an 18 Hole – 4-Man Scramble which begins with sign ups at 8 a.m.; the Shotgun start is at 9 a.m.. The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per team and includes, cart, green fee, range balls. Mulligans are $10 each, 2 per player maximum; 50/50 Raffle; Longest Drive Contest – $5; Closest to the Pin – $5

For additional information, please contact Randy Royse at The Walsenburg golf course @ (719) 738-2730. Sign Sponsorship- This sponsor will receive signage at a specific assigned hole on the course. The company logo/sign will be on the tee box of your designated hole. The cost is $50. Thank you for your support.

 

Farm Bureau candidate forum

WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Farm Bureau will hold a candidate forum Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 to 9 p.m. at Washing- ton School. Come with questions in hand and see where your candidates stand on issues.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Survival is Insufficient – call to artists

TRINIDAD — The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District invites all artists and creatives in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico to submit their work to an online multimedia salon, focusing upon the theme: “Survival is Insufficient.” Participants will share how they have continued to be creative during the pandemic. Featured works will include pieces that are thematically connected to artists’ experiences and insights related to the pandemic, as well as other works completed as they have carried on with their lives.

People working in all media, including crafts, music, writing, performance arts, quilting, dance, painting, happenings, printmaking or any other creative medium are invited to participate.

Works submitted should be done during the pandemic. As a salon, works represented will reflect experiences during this unique and challenging season. Original work only. This multimedia salon will include visual, musical, literary and performance pieces, with images or self-produced YouTube videos.

This salon will take place on the Creative District website. The salon may be accessed through the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District website www.corazondetrinidad.org, or through the Creative District Facebook page beginning Tuesday, September 22.

Complete submission guidelines are available at Survival is Insufficient Submission Guidelines. If you have questions, contact Doug Holdread at or 719-680-3900

 

Kid’s Craft Hour (Virtual)

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center presents “Kid’s Craft Hour” creative time for busy little hands every Friday, through Nov. 6, 10 to 11 a.m.. Join Sophia and Hazen to make easy crafts designs for kids. Call Laura with for registration details and any questions or concerns (719) 845- 4894 or send an email to: ljordan@mtcarmelcenter.org

 

Good Food Project farm stand every Friday

JANSEN — Stop by to see us as we expand our selection of in season organic and locally grown produce at the Good Food Project. The farm stand is located on Highway 12 in Jansen, on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday Oct. 2. This week: Silver queen corn, cantaloupe, tomatoes, Colorado honey, Farm fresh eggs, homemade elderberry jam, baked goods, Arnold Palmer (tea/lemonade) with organic cane sugar and fresh lemons.

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

Main Street Comedy w/Ben Roy

TRINIDAD — Come out Saturday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. for standup Comedy at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT). The show is presented by The Other Place is Greener with support from Bigtop Studios and Nana & Nano Monteleone’s Deli and Pasta House. who are proud to bring Ben Roy and friends to Trinidad.

Socially distanced comedy is back in Trinidad, Colorado featuring Ben Roy, Zach Abeyta and Elise Kerns hosted by Na- than Lund. Tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.; there are less than 50 seats available so get your tickets before they’re gone! Visit the SCRT website or call the office at 719-846-4765.

Masks are required for entry into this socially distanced comedy show and must be worn while moving throughout the venue. Susceptible populations are strongly recommended to refrain from participating in this event.

 

COVID Small Business grant program

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

SCRT is looking for help!

TRINIDAD — If you have a passion for theatre and support- ing our community SCRT might be just what you are looking for. Trinidads’s community theatre is on a mission to find an energetic, enthusiastic staff of actors, directors, stage managers, set builders, and lighting/sound techs some will eventually lead to paid positions. Experience is great, but we are willing to provide training. If you would like to contribute to the art scene in Trinidad, join our team. Call the office at 719-846-4765 (leave a message if there is no answer) or send an email to info.scrtheatre@gmail.com with your contact information.

 

Fishers Peak State Park new website

TRINIDAD — The new Fishers Peak State Park website was launched over the weekend! There are still a few additions to make as we continue down this planning path. Visit it today! https://www.fisherspeakstatepark.com/

 

Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra

TRINIDAD — The Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra meets virtually every Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.. Each Wednesday participants can receive:
■ Free Group Lessons

■ Music Provided
■ Affordable Instrument Rental
■ First Concert in December
Kids ages 10 and up register at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtduGvqDMtG93xOVwr23OVmTsUw82GNoTv call Laura with any questions or concerns (719) 845-4894 or send an email to: ljordan@mtcarmelcenter.org

 

ABC 2nd Annual Day at the Ranch

TRINIDAD — ABC Disability Support Group has partnered with Lazy Y D Horse Village Therapeutic Program, 39511 Hwy 160, to offer this event free to the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families Friday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come out and participate in our mini rodeo! This is an outdoor event. Social Distancing and masks encouraged per CDC Guidelines. For more information contact us at 719- 220-4558

 

Meet the candidates

TRINIDAD — Join the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6pm to hear from the candidates running for Senate District 35, Senate District 64, US Colorado House District 4, US House District 64, District Attorney, and County Commissioners. There will also be information shared regarding ballot measures and propositions. For more information contact the Chamber at 719-422- 8054.

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage center winter hours

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming Fall-Winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.

 

COLFAX

28th Annual Fish Fest and 2nd Annual Pike Round-Up

EAGLE NEST — The 28th Annual Fish Fest and 2nd Annual Pike Round-Up will be held Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 24-27, at Eagle Nest Lake State Park, 42 Marina Way. Cash Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place trout based on the length and girth. $500 cash prize will be awarded to the largest pike caught (length and girth).

There will be a limited amount of t-shirts this year. If you would like one, please order one early by calling the marina 575-377-6941. More details coming soon… Hope to see every- one there!

 

Free Flu Shots at Raton VA Clinic

RATON — There is going to a drive thru flu shot clinic Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sept 24, and 25, and 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for at the Raton VA. The free flu shots are for all vets registered at the VA Clinic

 

Gopher Control Webinar

COLFAX COUNTY — Thursday, Sept. 24, 6 -7 p.m join NMSU Lea County Extension Service webinar to demonstrate and answer questions on ‘Gopher Control’ here in New Mexico. Our presenter will be NMSU Extension Wildlife Specialist Dr. Sam Smallidge. This webinar will be offered via Zoom. You may register at the following link: https://nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEoc-GtqTsiH9ShS1_WyuIZP_emrQDA6lHw or contact Lea County Extension Service at 575-396-2819.

 

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be tonight, Thursday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street. Currently we engage in wild land and structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays.

 

Angel Fire Avalanche Sale

ANGEL FIRE — Score a 4 or 6 pack during The Angel Fire Avalanche Sale Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27! 4 packs are $249, 6 packs are $349.

After our first snow of the season, we’re even more excited for winter at New Mexico’s favorite family resort. Angel Fire Resort has the best snow in New Mexico, and we can’t wait to welcome your family to our slopes in December!

Aside from a Season Pass, the best way to experience Angel Fire Resort is with a 4 or 6 Pack Pass! Each pass is good for one person to ski four or six times throughout the season with zero blackout dates. That means worry-free riding or ski- ing in the beautiful Southern Rockies for a steal of a deal. This is the best deal of the season — don’t miss your chance to save big!

We are also offering teacher passes at huge savings – only $109 until Dec. 1st! K-12 teachers save big with the Teacher Pass. Enjoy unlimited skiing and riding at Angel Fire Resort during the 20-21 season with no blackout dates! Contact us at 844-218-4107 or marketing@angelfireresort.com to get your passes!

Be assured, we’re practicing all social distancing guide- lines, and implementing new cleaning and sterilizing protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while keeping our activity offerings accessible. As we open back up to our valued guests, we kindly remind everyone to enjoy Angel Fire Family Resort with social distancing measures including the mandatory mask mandate and abide by new health and safety guidelines posted throughout the Resort and on our website at angelfireresort.com.

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens soon

COLFAX COUNTY — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solanos) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come- first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

 

Raton Regional Aquatic Center open for lap swims

RATON — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation-Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open. Lap Swim is Monday-Fridays 6 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p. m.- 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 – 11 a.m..

 

Raton Recycling Center

RATON — The Raton Regional Recycling Hub Facility, Armex Building, 420 East 4th Ave. is currently limited to the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on an as-needed basis for large loads of materials (call 575-445-9181). The Center will be open Saturday, Oct. 3. Check back for information on additional hours. We are working on acquiring collection trailers, which are expected to be spread around the area and be available for daily deposits of materials.

Accepted Materials: Corrugated cardboard and brown paper bags; mixed paper including junk mail, magazines, and newspapers; plastic #1 bottles with necks, caps, and labels like water and soda bottles or salad dressing; plastic #2 bottles like laundry detergent, milk, and juice jugs (no motor oil products); steel / tin cans clean soup, vegetable, pet food, and sauce containers; aluminum beverage cans, clean food containers, pie pans, and foil. Visit the website: http://www.ratonnm.gov/156/Recycling for more information.

In Raton, there are non-governmental organizations where you can take selected recyclables. Citizens for the Developmentally Disabled, 230 E 4th Avenue, will pay a variable rate for aluminum cans and some types of copper. Call them at 575-445-5674 for collection days and times.

 

Upcoming Events for week of September 17, 2020

throughout our world

Colorado Proud Virtual Lunch and Learn Roundtable

OUR WORLD — Tuesday, Sept. 29, 12 to 1 p.m. join a zoom meeting “Resilience in Southern Colorado Agriculture: Adapting, Recovering and Thriving”. A mix of Southern Colorado- based ag panelists will share their stories, to help guide other ag communities in building resilience and thriving through the challenges of 2020, and strategic shifts for new opportunities and productivity.

The panelists are: Wendy White, marketing specialist, Colorado Proud: Moderator for the panel discussion;

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg, Colorado Department of Agriculture: Southern Colorado’s resiliency over the past six months, a look ahead into ag this fall, next year;

Jim Ehrlich, executive director, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Monte Vista: Potato crop, weather challenges, export disruptions;

Max Fields and James Plate, Fields to Plate Produce, first- generation produce farmers, Durango: Transportation and distribution, CSAs, alternative dining experiences, marketing and social media;

George Whitten, cattle producer, San Juan Ranch, San Luis Valley near Saguache: Beef production, supply chain, consumer interest in local beef and;

Michael Hirakata, fourth-generation farmer, Hirakata Farms, Rocky Ford: Work force, harvest update, farmers/road- side markets, local support, multi-generational farming

Held online via Zoom – RSVP: https:// us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CiEq67IcSpifomldxJT4Ig The meeting password, link and phone number will be provided with RSVP. “Check-in” will begin starting at 11:45 a.m., with discussion starting promptly at Noon.

 

SOCO Electric Vehicle (EV) survey

SOUTHERN COLORADO — Pueblo County is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan that will identify key partnerships and actionable strategies that will help the county prepare for EVs and make EV adoption easy and affordable. We are circulating an EV survey right now throughout Southern Colorado.

Pueblo County received DOLA funds to pursue an EV Readiness Plan, and this survey is the first stage. We are look- ing for all Southern Colorado residents to complete this survey – not just Pueblo County. The consultants will parse out responses by zip code and we will use the feedback to help us with future EVSE installations and EV program planning, and will share it with our stakeholders. : Go to: https://www.sur- veymonkey.com/r/PuebloCountyEV . Thanks for your input!

 

Gallagher Amendment informational webinars

OUR WORLD — Downtown Colorado Inc. (DCI) and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) have teamed up once again to establish and present educational content to build awareness and informed action on the Gallagher Amendment in advance of the November election as the Colorado Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Property Tax Assessment Rates Measure has made it to November’s ballot.

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., DCI’s Big Talks Series features Joe Minicozzi of Urban 3 who will dive into Colorado Tax Policy, what our policies encourage, and what Gallagher and TABOR will mean in a post pandemic economy.

The Future of Fiscal Health will be on tap Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m.. Join us for a panel discussion with Urban Representatives, moderated by Reeves Brown, who will dis- cuss the unintended consequences of the statewide amendment which has adverse impacts on Colorado’s metro areas across the state.

Please contact Maggie at membership@downtowncoloradoinc.org with and questions about how to register, suggestions or comments.

 

HUERFANO

Virtual Celebration of Celtic Festival Artists – Sept. 17-20!

HUERFANO COUNTY — We want to share some good news with you. Though we remain officially cancelled for this year, neither you, nor our artists, are forgotten. We are busy arrang-

ing a series of virtual events to be held during the original Festival dates Thursday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 20. These events are planned to include performances each of the four evenings, and also to include workshop opportunities during the day. In that regard, if you are fiddler you can look forward to a work- shop with Martin Hayes. If whistle and/or flute is your pleasure, we will have Kevin Crawford. I think that you can expect additional artists to be added as workshop presenters.

Visit: celticmusicfest.com to see the schedule. All events are FREE, as we want you to be able to take in whatever you have the time for. However, we likewise want this to benefit our artists in a year that has been extremely tough for musicians to make their living. Therefore, each event will have a donation option for that artist. Please be assured that 100% of all donations will go to that artist. We encourage you to be as generous as you can, but please “attend” regardless of whether you can donate.

In the days to come we will be announcing the schedule of virtual events, as well as guidance about how you can access each event. YouTube will be the most frequently used performance platform, but Facebook may also be used. You can expect that Zoom may be used for some workshops, in addition to YouTube or Facebook.

 

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WALSENBURG — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday, Sept. 17 thru October 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional in- formation call 303-419-0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

Trinidad State adult learning center classes

WALSENBURG —The fall semester of GED & Adult Basic Education Courses will be held now through Dec. 9 at Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic, 129 Kansas Ave.

Classes are offered Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Stop by anytime for more information or call 719-845-7043 or surf on by at: trinidadstate.eduiadulteducation. The Outreach Clinic now has on-site wi-fi. Trinidad State adult education services offers instruction in basic literacy, GED preparation and English as a Second Language (ESL).

 

La Veta farmers market

LA VETA — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday through Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Meet Amos Mace at local farmers markets

LA VETA/GARDNER/WALSENBURG — Come tap elbows and talk with Amos at any of our county Farmers Markets. Mace will be in La Veta, next to the Library, on Thursday, Sept. 17, 3-5 p.m.; in Gardner under the pavilion next to the Methodist Church on Saturday Sept. 19, 10 a.m. – Noon ; and on Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Walsenburg Farmers Market in Heritage Park. Come meet, discuss issues, and pick-up campaign yard signs, pins, stickers, and T-shirts!

 

American Legion Blood Drive / Vietnam Veteran Commemoration

WALSENBURG — The American Legion, Post 16 will be hosting a Community Blood Drive on National POW/MIA Remembrance Day, Friday, September 18, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue. It is highly recommended that if you desire to donate blood that you make an appointment by calling Vitalant at 1-800-365- 0006, ext. 2 or online at www.Vitalant.org. If you use the online option, you can fill out a medical questionnaire to bring with you on the date of the appointment. The American Red Cross has determined that there is a nationwide Blood shortage and your donation would be greatly appreciated.

We will also honor Vietnam War Era Veterans who served in the military between November 1, 1955 and May 15th, 1975. Veterans who served during that period can come to the Community Center and pick up a Commemorative Pin, Certificate and “thanks” from a grateful nation for your service. To re- member the Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA) a small table will be set up in the gymnasium to memorialize the over 81,900 US service members of our military still missing or unaccounted for from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and other conflicts.

We will be observing all CDC, state and local health department guidelines. Wearing of masks and social distancing is mandatory. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the community center. For additional information call Vice Commander Keith Hauber (816) 277-4833.

 

Key behaviors of a 24/7 dad

LA VETA — N-X Ranch will present a weekend symposium “Key Behaviors of a 24/7 Dad” Friday, Sept. 18, 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Feed Store Church Youth Room, 1012 Cherry Street. There is no cost to attend but participants need to register by contacting Joe Nix, 719-746- 2329 or nxranch2011@gmail.com .

 

Drive-in movie every Friday

LA VETA — The teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be host- ing a drive-in movie every Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the 4-H barn. $5 per person..

 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

WALSENBURG — Join us Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 to 10 a.m. at Lathrop State Park. The walk helps raise funds and awareness to provide care and support services, prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. We invite you to participate in two ways: Grab your sneakers and join us. Just meet us at the main entrance, under the pergola. You must wear a mask during registration and we will be social distancing. If you want to raise money for the walk, visit: http://act.alz.org/goto/sprhc-huerfanocty and click “join our team” and your friends can support you. If you raise $100, you’ll get an awesome free t-shirt. Or, if you’re able, please visit the website above and support us with a donation of any size. Our goal is $5,000 and every little bit helps.

 

Meet the Candidates

LA VETA — Meet the Huerfano County Commissioner District 2 candidate, Arica Andreatta, and District 1 candidate, Amos Mace, as well as Carlos Lopez who is running for the CO Senate District 35, and Donald Valdez, CO House Representative, District 64 Saturday, Sept. 19, 2 to 6 p.m. at Ryus Ave Park.

 

The Cody Sisters in concert

LA VETA — No Oktoberfest in La Veta this year, but your Oktoberfest committee friends are at it again with a special fund- raiser to end the summer. Join them Saturday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m. as they present special guests, The Cody Sisters for a COVID safe, Health Department sanctioned, open air concert. This special event will be held on the lawn of the Grandote Peaks Golf Course near the clubhouse. Please bring your own chairs, blankets, drinks and refreshments and get ready for a great evening! Tickets are $20 per person, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for the little ones, and can be purchased with cash or check at the La Veta Mercantile, at the gate, or by calling Wendy at 719-742-3288. As always, the funds generated will be used to help those in need in Huerfano county. Hope to see you there!

 

Almost Fall rummage sale

LA VETA — Christ the King Catholic Church in La Veta is having an “Almost Fall” fundraiser rummage sale hosted by St. Ann’s Guild, on Friday & Saturday, Sept. 18 & 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. There will be a lot of “new” preowned items for sale or make offer! Enjoy the drive, weather and scenery!

 

Coffee with Sandy White

LA VETA/GARDNER/WALSENBURG — Join Sandy for coffee 9 – 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept.19, at the Corners, 701 South Main Street, La Veta. (coffee and signs); 9– 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 21, at H&H Café, 902 W. 7th Street, Walsenburg; 9 – 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Walsenburg Golf Club (Lathrop State Park), 1399 C.R. 502; 9 – 10 a.m., Saturday, September 26, at the pavilion next to Gardner United Methodist Church, Hwy 69, Gardner

 

La Veta Village garage sale

LA VETA — Every Saturday through Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a garage sale at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco Street. All donations go toward the Assisted Living Project.

 

Gardner Farmers Market

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Mar- ket will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Sept. 20 the message is “A Day Set Apart” with guest musician Eldaa Royer.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market Sundays

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday 11 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all.

 

Fall Show at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council invites everyone to the Fall Show, with featured artists Rebecca Meyers, Hugh Keating and Carrie Fox now through Oct. 3. Due to Health Dept. requirements, only 10 people at a time are allowed inside, face coverings, and social distancing are required, so no refreshments.

Rebecca Meyers is showing an amazing collection of Native American and African cultures’ masks, created from clay and re-purposed materials. Along the same lines, Gary Weston has new fantastical works also from re-purposed materials. Hugh Keating is showing some of his crayon and acrylic works featuring loosely rendered architectural scenes on canvas, and Carrie Fox has included contemporary embroi- dery and photography “sketches” inspired by the rivers and wildlife in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Other area artists sharing their original art are Kathy Hill, Ann Gethen, Cathy Mullens, Pat Newell, Karen Voepel, Kenny Schneider, Barb Kowalik, Jim Lambert, Gordon “Shorty” Schockey, Martha Lancaster, and Linda Shelley.

 

Lathrop hosts coat, hat, and glove drive

WALSENBURG — Lathrop State Park is hosting a winter clothing drive for boys and girls during the month of Sep- tember. All clothing will be distributed to our local Huerfano County schools: Peakview, Gardner, and La Veta. We need us- able hats, gloves, and coats for boys and girls. There are three drop off locations: Lathrop State Park visitor center; Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, 23500 US Hwy 160; and JM Tire, 928 Main Street. For more information contact Danette Barela at 719-738-2376 x 7 or danette.barela@state.co.us .

Balcony Concert at LVPL

featuring Ken Saydak

LA VETA — La Veta Public Library and La Veta Mercantile will host a concert Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the Library. Space is limited to 25 people. Please reserve a spot at the front desk, by calling 742-3572 or e-mailing info@lvpl.org. You are welcome to bring your own chair. Masks required. All Health Department guidelines will be followed. Ken Saydak is an American Chicago blues pianist & singer-songwriter. In his long career, he has played as a side- man with Lonnie Brooks, Mighty Joe Young, Johnny Winter & Dave Specter. Saydak has released three albums under his own name since 1999. Billboard once described him as “a grip- ping frontman”. This event is co-sponsored with La Veta Mercantile. Don’t miss local favorite Ken Saydak!

 

Tire collection event in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Last year the “tire roundup” was for the 81055 La Veta area. This year it is for 81089 Walsenburg area. The event will be on Saturday, September 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Walsenburg Public Works garage parking lot, 525 S. Albert.

Each household is limited to nine passenger auto or light truck tires. Proof of 81089 residence will be needed. If you have tires that are larger than 22 inches in diameter, or tires with rims in, call ahead and leave a message at 303-449-6483 so that we can make arrangements with the private hauler to accept them. This collection event is not open to any commercial entity or tire business.

This year’s “tire roundup” will be conducted by volunteer members of the Huerfano County2 Road Clean Up Committee just as the La Veta event last year. This collection is a free service of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

 

Disc golf tournament and mini-festival at CMP

CUCHARA — The 2020 Inaugural Cuchara Mountain Park “Fall Colors” disc golf tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at Cuchara Mountain Park 1234 Panadero Avenue. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m., tournament begins at 10 a.m.. There are two divisions – open to all: 1.Competitive division with cash prizes for a $30 entry fee; 2. Recreational division for beginners, novices or people who just want to have fun: just make a $1 donation or more to the park! Everyone is welcome! We are also looking for SPONSORS! Sign up, donate, or be a sponsor at: Discgolfscene.com . Just use the tournament tab at the top then scroll down the left and select Colorado, then scroll down the list to our tournament then select and follow the prompts. You may also email one of us with any questions: Jim Swenson – jswen077@aol.com or John Galusha – john@huerfano.us

Jim Swenson said “We are hoping to use this event to en- courage people to come out and join us and turn in into a mini festival. Visitors will be introduced to the renovated ski lodge and the Baker Creek Event center is serving hot dogs and beverages. We would like to invite Huerfano County businesses/entrepreneurs to come out and participate in some way if possible. Maybe even just jump on as a sponsor.”

 

Swinging for a Better Future 4 man scramble-Sponsors and players- sign up now!

WALSENBURG — The 2020 John Mall Panther Open will be held Saturday, October 3 at Walsenburg Golf Course and will benefit the Huerfano 4 Kids fundraising group, a non-profit, school approved organization, whose programs focus on improving the opportunities for students in Huerfano County.

“Swinging for a Better Future!” is an 18 Hole – 4-Man Scramble which begins with sign ups at 8 a.m.; the Shotgun start is at 9 a.m.. The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per team and includes, cart, green fee, range balls. Mulligans are $10 each, 2 per player maximum; 50/50 Raffle; Longest Drive Contest – $5; Closest to the Pin – $5

For additional information, please contact Randy Royse at The Walsenburg golf course @ (719) 738-2730. Sign Sponsorship- This sponsor will receive signage at a specific assigned hole on the course. The company logo/sign will be on the tee box of your designated hole. The cost is $50. Thank you for your support.

 

LAS ANIMAS

COVID Small Business grant program

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

Volunteers sought for Fishers Peak State Park trails: sign up by 9/18

TRINIDAD — Volunteers are needed to help build the first hiking trails at Fishers Peak State Park Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 21-22 and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 -27. We will be working on trails for the public to enjoy. Volunteers are needed each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; lunch will be provided.

Come prepared for hard work and quickly changing weather. Meet at Fishers Peak Trailhead near Trinidad. Additional information will be provided in a confirmation email. Be the first to volunteer at Colorado’s newest state park! If a person volunteers for 48 hours they will receive a free annual state parks pass good for all of Colorado. Register by emailing us at Trinidad.Lake@state.co.us by Friday, Sept. 18.

 

Good Food Project farm stand Friday

JANSEN — Stop by to see us as we expand our selection of in season organic and locally grown produce at the Good Food Project. The farm stand is located on Highway 12 in Jansen, on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This week: Silver queen corn, cantaloupe, tomatoes, Colorado honey, Farm fresh eggs, homemade elderberry jam, baked goods, Arnold Palmer (tea/lemonade) with organic cane sugar and fresh lemons. More produce to be announced soon!

 

Branson Hi Lo Country Gravel Grinder

BRANSON — Join us for the fabulous gravel bike ride in southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico Saturday Sept. 19. There are 28, 50 and 100-mile routes. Visit: https://www.bikereg.com/47248 to get more information.

 

SCRT is looking for help!

TRINIDAD — If you have a passion for theatre and support- ing our community SCRT might be just what you are looking for. Trinidads’s community theatre is on a mission to find an energetic, enthusiastic staff of actors, directors, stage managers, set builders, and lighting/sound techs some will eventually lead to paid positions. Experience is great, but we are willing to provide training. If you would like to contribute to the art scene in Trinidad, join our team. Call the office at 719-846-4765 (leave a message if there is no answer) or send an email to info.scrtheatre@gmail.com with your contact information.

 

Fishers Peak State Park new website

TRINIDAD — The new Fishers Peak State Park website was launched over the weekend! There are still a few additions to make as we continue down this planning path. Visit it today! https://www.fisherspeakstatepark.com/

 

Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra

TRINIDAD — The Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra meets virtually every Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.. Each Wednesday participants can receive:
■ Free Group Lessons

■ Music Provided
■ Affordable Instrument Rental
■ First Concert in December

Kids ages 10 and up register at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtduGvqDMt G93xOVwr23OVmTsUw82GNoTv

 

Main Street Comedy w/Ben Roy

TRINIDAD — Come out Saturday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. for standup Comedy at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT). The show is presented by The Other Place is Greener with support from Bigtop Studios and Nana & Nano Monteleone’s Deli and Pasta House. who are proud to bring Ben Roy and friends to Trinidad.

Socially distanced comedy is back in Trinidad, Colorado featuring Ben Roy, Zach Abeyta and Elise Kerns hosted by Na- than Lund. Tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.; there are less than 50 seats available so get your tickets before they’re gone! Visit the SCRT website or call the office at 719-846-4765.

Masks are required for entry into this socially distanced comedy show and must be worn while moving throughout the venue. Susceptible populations are strongly recommended to refrain from participating in this event.

 

Meet the candidates

TRINIDAD — Join the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6pm to hear from the candidates running for Senate District 35, Senate District 64, US Colorado House District 4, US House District 64, District Attorney, and County Commissioners. There will also be information shared regarding ballot measures and propositions. For more information contact the Chamber at 719-422- 8054.

 

Aguilar Library now open

AGUILAR — The Aguilar Public Library is open allowing one patron at a time with the required safety measures in place: A face covering must be worn at all times while in the library and a 6 ft distance between each computer will be practiced and cleaned after each use. Thank you for allowing us to serve you in a safe and healthy way. Our business days and hours are as follows: Thanks again!

Closed: Sun & Mon. ; Open: Tues, Thurs, Fri, and Sat from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Wed: 12:30 pm – 4:30 p.m.

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage center winter hours

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming Fall-Winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.

 

COLFAX

Prairie Dog Management Webinar

COLFAX COUNTY — NMSU Lea County Extension Service will be hosting a webinar to discuss different strategies and techniques in managing prairie dogs Thursday, September 17, 6 – 7 p.m. Our presenter will be NMSU Extension Wildlife Specialist Dr. Sam Smallidge. This webinar will be offered via Zoom. You may register at the following link: https://nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEuceysrjopH9ElWkDAIwnVjwXJ1IkWn-O8 or contact Lea County Extension Service at 575-396-2819.

 

USDA Farm Bill virtual meeting

COLFAX COUNTY — The Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD’s) invite you to participate in the local work- group being hosted by Colfax SWCD in cooperation with the Mora/Wagon Mound SWCD. Western Mora SWCD & Tierra Y Montes SWCD Thursday, September 17, 10 a.m.. This meet- ing will be held through a Zoom meeting due to the COVID- 19 Pandemic for social distancing guidelines. For more information and the link to the meeting, contact: The Raton Field Office- (575) 445-9471, extension 5. The Las Vegas Field Office- (505) 425-3594, extension 3.

The Local Work Group will provide input to the SWCD’s and the Natural Conservation Service (NRCS) on the EQIP implementation for Colfax, Mora, and San Miguel Counties. Members of this workgroup include federal and state agencies, as well as local and statewide organizations.

 

Capulin Dark Sky Festival

CAPULIN — Join us for an exceptional Dark Sky experience Saturday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. at Capulin Volcano National Monument. Capulin was named a Gold Tier Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association in 2016. Giant telescopes are provided by us, and the dark northeastern New Mexico skies by nature. You will see planets, galaxies, nebula, and other amazing sights all with your own eyes.

Capulin Volcano is at a higher altitude of over 6,000 feet. Nights can get chilly even in summer. A jacket, long pants, and closed toe shoes are recommended to attend a Dark Sky pro- gram. No reservations are needed. Call 575-278-2201 for more information.

Daytime activities including solar viewing and astronomy activities. Night telescope viewing and special guest speakers begin at 7:30 p.m. Telescope viewing until 11 p.m..

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens soon

COLFAX COUNTY — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solanos) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come- first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

 

28th Annual Fish Fest and 2nd Annual Pike Round-Up

EAGLE NEST — The 28th Annual Fish Fest and 2nd Annual Pike Round-Up will be held Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 24-27, at Eagle Nest Lake State Park, 42 Marina Way. Cash Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place trout based on the length and girth. $500 cash prize will be awarded to the largest pike caught (length and girth).

There will be a limited amount of t-shirts this year. If you would like one, please order one early by calling the marina 575-377-6941. More details coming soon… Hope to see every- one there!

 

Gopher Control Webinar

COLFAX COUNTY — Thursday, Sept. 24, 6 -7 p.m join NMSU Lea County Extension Service webinar to demonstrate and answer questions on ‘Gopher Control’ here in New Mexico. Our presenter will be NMSU Extension Wildlife Specialist Dr. Sam Smallidge. This webinar will be offered via Zoom. You may register at the following link: https://nmsu.zoom.us/meet- ing/register/tJEoc-GtqTsiH9ShS1_WyuIZP_emrQDA6lHw or contact Lea County Extension Service at 575-396-2819.

 

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be tonight, Thursday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street. Currently we engage in wild land and structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays.

 

Raton Regional Aquatic Center open for lap swims

RATON — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation- Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open. Lap Swim is Monday-Fridays 6 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p. m.- 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 – 11 a.m..

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

The Supper Club cancer fundraiser: At Home

SANTA FE – The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico Board of Directors today announced The Supper Club: At Home. The event will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 6pm, and is easily accessed through the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico’s website, cffnm.org . Online access is free for The Supper Club: At Home. However attendees are encouraged to donate and thereby enable the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico to reach its fundraising goal. Tune-in and enjoy online at on Sunday, September 20, 6 p.m.

Guest artist features in the half-hour program will include performances by three Grammy Award®-winning vocalists: Mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle, and sopranos Patricia Racette and Jessica Rivera. Miss Castle’s appearance is courtesy of Des Moines Metro Opera and Iowa PBS. Miss Racette is accompanied by Beth Clayton and Miss Rivera’s collaborative pianist is Mark Carver. In addition, Southwest Art magazine cover artist Rebecca Tobey will discuss her sculptures from Ventana Fine Art located on Canyon Road, a Santa Fe street dedicated to the country’s finest art. The fifth artist offering will include excerpts from Filmmaker Gwendolen Cates’ PBS/Independent Lens documentary, Water Flowing Together, which provides an intimate portrayal of retired New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Jock Soto. A native New Mexican, Mr. Soto will also share his journey as a cancer patient who benefitted from the support of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico.

Upcoming Events for week of September 10, 2020

throughout our world

Virtual U.S. Service Academy and ROTC information session.

OUR WORLD — Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5 to 7 p.m. the five Service Academies (U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy) and four college ROTC Programs (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy) will host a Virtual U.S. Service Academy and ROTC information session. The event is free and open to the public.

This event provides the opportunity for parents and students to join representatives from the Academies and ROTC Programs regarding the various Academy and ROTC/NROTC application processes, attending a military academy or ROTC/NROTC pro- gram, and serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Armed Forces. This is also an opportunity to hear from representatives of the Congressional Delegations regarding how they can assist students gain a nomination to a Service Academy.

Click the following link to register for the Zoom meeting: https://usafa-admissions.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJclfqtqzMoHNT5bHf0iNZgt9NFl1d0HCeL

Registration at the link noted above is required. After registering, you will be sent an email on how to join the meeting.

The Military Service Academies are federally funded institutions. All students receive a full scholarship including tuition, room and board, and complete medical coverage.

 

Gallagher Amendment informational webinars

OUR WORLD — Downtown Colorado Inc. (DCI) and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) have teamed up once again to establish and present educational content to build awareness and informed action on the Gallagher Amendment in advance of the November election as the Colorado Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Property Tax Assessment Rates Measure has made it to November’s ballot.

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., DCI’s Big Talks Series features Joe Minicozzi of Urban 3 who will dive into Colorado Tax Policy, what our policies encourage, and what Gallagher and TABOR will mean in a post pandemic economy.

The Future of Fiscal Health will be on tap Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m.. Join us for a panel discussion with Urban Representatives, moderated by Reeves Brown, who will dis- cuss the unintended consequences of the statewide amendment which has adverse impacts on Colorado’s metro areas across the state.

Please contact Maggie at membership@downtowncoloradoinc.org with and questions about how to register, suggestions or comments.

 

Calling all seamstresses (and seamsters)

OUR WORLD — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice. serving Huerfano and Las Animas County, is looking for caring seamstresses to volunteer to help craft simple bears out of fabric that belonged to a loved one who has passed on. The bears can provide comfort to people of all ages and the fabric will remind them of their beloved. It is a great project and a great way to be involved in Hospice work. It would be at most a few hours a month at your home sewing machine. Please call or text me for more details: Sandy Dolak 719-251- 1271.

 

HUERFANO

Trinidad State adult learning center classes

WALSENBURG —The fall semester of GED & Adult Basic Education Courses will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8 through Dec. 9 at Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic, 129 Kansas Ave.
Classes are offered Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Stop by any- time

for more information or call 719-845-7043. The Outreach Clinic now has on-site wi-fi. Trinidad State adult education services offers instruction in basic literacy, GED preparation and English as a Second Language (ESL).

 

La Veta farmers market

LA VETA — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday through Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Coffee with Sandy White

LA VETA/GARDNER/WALSENBURG — Join Sandy for cof- fee 9 – 10 a.m. Friday, September 11 at La Veta Country Market, 200 N. Main Street. From 9 – 10 a.m., Saturday, September 12, at the pavilion next to Gardner United Methodist Church, Hwy 69. From 9 – 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 16, at H&H Café, 902 W. 7th Street, Walsenburg.

 

Live music at Walsenburg Golf Course and La Plaza

WALSENBURG — Kurt Corsair will perform Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12, 6 to 9 p.m. at La Plaza Inn. Make your plans and give us a call at (719) 738-5700; request your table on the patio. Come out and enjoy a meal and music under the new management at Walsenburg Golf Course Clubhouse. Saturday, Sept. 11, 6 to 9 p.m. Daniel Topash will perform Con- temporary Rock.

 

Drive-in movie every Friday

LA VETA — The teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be host- ing a drive-in movie every Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the 4-H barn. $5 per person..

 

La Veta Village garage sale

LA VETA — Every Saturday through Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a garage sale at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco Street. All donations go toward the Assisted Living Project.

 

Gardner Farmers Market

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Mar- ket will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Ricky Tims presents new novel at book signing event

LA VETA — Southern Colorado quilter and musician, Ricky Tims, will launch his fantasy novel for the young and young at heart in a one-day book signing of his newly-released novel, Lizzy Albright and the Attic Window, Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Tims Art Retreat Center, 105 W Ryus Avenue. The event will be held outdoors in the front courtyard. Social distancing will be enforced, and attendees are required to wear masks.

The fantasy novel, co-written by Ricky Tims and Kat Bowser, will be available for sale at the event. Ricky offers to personalize and autograph books upon request and will allow socially distanced photo opportunities. The story is targeted to middle grades and young adults of all ages. It has been described as Harry Potter meets The Wizard of Oz meets Alice in Wonderland. The story’s heroine is Lizzy Albright, a red-headed, freckle-faced girl from Overland Park, Kansas, who is celebrating her tenth birthday on Christmas Eve 1964.

The book includes an antique quilt, a talking goose, and the cursed Kingdom of Ailear, and many unexpected twists and turns. The book is available locally at La Veta Mercantile, and La Veta Gallery on Main. Those who prefer to shop online can find it on Amazon. The eBook is available for instant download at www.lizzyalbright.com

With the publication of this book, Tims adds novelist to his long list of creative endeavors. Ricky was born and raised in North Texas, but now resides on a remote mountain parcel not far from La Veta. Contact Information for Ricky Tims, Inc. is Heather Lee at 719-742-3755 or heather@rickytims.com .

 

Fall Show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council invites everyone to the Fall Show, with featured artists Rebecca Meyers, Hugh Keating and Carrie Fox now through Oct. 3. Due to Health Dept. requirements, only 10 people at a time are allowed inside, face coverings, and social distancing are required, so no refreshments.

Rebecca Meyers is showing an amazing collection of Native American and African cultures’ masks, created from clay and re-purposed materials. Along the same lines, Gary Weston has new fantastical works also from re-purposed materials. Hugh Keating is showing some of his crayon and acrylic works featuring loosely rendered architectural scenes on canvas, and Carrie Fox has included contemporary embroidery and photography “sketches” inspired by the rivers and wildlife in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Other area artists sharing their original art are Kathy Hill, Ann Gethen, Cathy Mullens, Pat Newell, Karen Voepel, Kenny Schneider, Barb Kowalik, Jim Lambert, Gordon “Shorty” Schockey, Martha Lancaster, and Linda Shelley.

 

Lathrop hosts coat, hat, and glove drive

WALSENBURG — Lathrop State Park is hosting a winter clothing drive for boys and girls during the month of September. All clothing will be distributed to our local Huerfano County schools: Peakview, Gardner, and La Veta. We need us- able hats, gloves, and coats for boys and girls. There are three drop off locations: Lathrop State Park visitor center; Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, 23500 US Hwy 160; and JM Tire, 928 Main Street. For more information contact Danette Barela at 719-738-2376 x 7 or danette.barela@state.co.us .

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Sept. 13 the message is “Walk Humbly With God,” with guest musician Tom Munch.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market Sundays

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all.

 

Huerfano County Candidate Forum Monday

WALSENBURG — A candidate forum presented by KSPK Radio will be a LIVE Broadcast on the radio station, 102.3 and live streamed on the Fox Theatre Walsenburg page, Monday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. The in-person event is not open to the public, only candidates and the staff required to produce the event.

 

Joyful walking & intuitive movement

LA VETA — We walk and make, with gentle, intuitive movement, stops along the way each Tuesday morning, 10 to 11:30 a.m. with yoga teacher Ruth, dance instructor Ashley, and peach pilgrim Laura. Starting location may change weekly. For the current week’s starting location check our FaceBook page “Joyful Walking in La Veta” or call 630-864-8992 or 415- 233-2632. Due to COVID-19, gathering size limited. While it is not required, you can reserve your space in advance. Walks are free. Donations accepted but not expected. Bring masks, hats, water, sunscreen, walking shoes. Come once, once-in-a- while, or weekly.

 

American Legion Blood Drive / Vietnam Veteran Commemoration

WALSENBURG — The American Legion, Post 16 will be host- ing a Community Blood Drive on National POW/MIA Remembrance Day, Friday, September 18, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue. It is highly recommended that if you desire to donate blood that you make an appointment by calling Vitalant at 1-800-365- 0006, ext. 2 or online at www.Vitalant.org. If you use the online option, you can fill out a medical questionnaire to bring with you on the date of the appointment. The American Red Cross has determined that there is a nationwide Blood shortage and your donation would be greatly appreciated.

We will also honor Vietnam War Era Veterans who served in the military between November 1, 1955 and May 15th, 1975. Veterans who served during that period can come to the Community Center and pick up a Commemorative Pin, Certificate and “thanks” from a grateful nation for your service. To re- member the Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA) a small table will be set up in the Gymnasium to memorialize the over 81,900 US Service Members of our military still Missing or Unaccounted for from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and other conflicts.

We will be observing all CDC, State and local Health Department Guidelines. Wearing of masks and Social Distancing is mandatory. Masks and Hand Sanitizer will be available at the Community Center. For additional information call Vice Commander Keith Hauber (816) 277-4833.

 

Key behaviors of a 24/7 dad

LA VETA — N-X Ranch will present a weekend symposium “Key Behaviors of a 24/7 Dad” Friday, Sept. 18, 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Feed Store Church Youth Room, 1012 Cherry Street. There is no cost to attend but participants need to register by contacting Joe Nix, 719-746- 2329 or nxranch2011@gmail.com .

 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

WALSENBURG — Join us Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 to 10 a.m. at Lathrop State Park. The walk helps raise funds and awareness to provide care and support services, prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. We invite you to participate in two ways: Grab your sneakers and join us. Just meet us at the main entrance, under the pergola. You must wear a mask during registration and we will be social distancing. If you want to raise money for the walk, visit: http://act.alz.org/goto/sprhc-huerfanocty and click “join our team” and your friends can support you. If you raise $100, you’ll get an awesome free t-shirt. Or, if you’re able, please visit the website above and support us with a donation of any size. Our goal is $5,000 and every little bit helps.

 

The Cody Sisters in concert

LA VETA — No Oktoberfest in La Veta this year, but your Oktoberfest committee friends are at it again with a special fund- raiser to end the summer. Join them Saturday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m. as they present special guests, The Cody Sisters for a CoVid safe, Health Department sanctioned, open air concert. This

special event will be held on the lawn of the Grandote Peaks Golf Course near the clubhouse. Please bring your own chairs, blankets, drinks and refreshments and get ready for a great evening! Tickets are $20 per person, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for the little ones, and can be purchased with cash or check at the La Veta Mercantile, at the gate, or by calling Wendy at 719-742-3288. As always, the funds generated will be used to help those in need in Huerfano county. Hope to see you there!

 

Swinging for a Better Future 4 man scramble -Sponsors and players-sign up now!

WALSENBURG — The 2020 John Mall Panther Open will be held Saturday, October 3 at Walsenburg Golf Course and will benefit the Huerfano 4 Kids fundraising group, a non-profit, school approved organization, whose programs focus on im- proving the opportunities for students in Huerfano County.

“Swinging for a Better Future!” is an 18 Hole – 4-Man Scramble which begins with sign ups at 8 a.m.; the Shotgun start is at 9 a.m.. The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per team and includes, cart, green fee, range balls. Mulligans are $10 each, 2 per player maximum; 50/50 Raffle; Longest Drive Contest – $5; Closest to the Pin – $5

For additional information, please contact Randy Royse at The Walsenburg golf course @ (719) 738-2730. Sign Sponsorship- This sponsor will receive signage at a specific assigned hole on the course. The company logo/sign will be on the tee box of your designated hole. The cost is $50. Thank you for your SUPPORT

 

LAS ANIMAS

Trinidad School District 1 announces universal free breakfast and lunch

TRiNiDAD — Trinidad School District 1 is participating in a Universal Lunch and School Breakfast Program for the current school year. If your children attend TSD 1, breakfast and lunch will be available to them at no charge. All students enrolled at this school may participate.

Studies show that children who are not hungry perform better in school. By providing lunch to all children at no charge, we are hoping to create a better learning environment for our students.

The school breakfasts and lunches we serve follow U.S. Dept. of Agriculture guidelines for healthy school meals. The School Breakfast and Lunch Program cannot succeed without your support; please encourage your children to participate in the school meal programs.

Meals will be served to all students at no charge regardless of eligibility status. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the on- line learning students can pick up meals at the Eckhart Elementary School ONLY. We will not be providing meals for anyone other than enrolled students in our district. Adults may still purchase a meal for $3.75.

If it is possible we would appreciate the parents call 719- 845-2051 from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday -Friday if you are going to pick up meals for your children so that we can prepare enough food. If you have questions about the program, please contact Kathy Vigil, food service director, at 719-845-2051.

 

Looking for your purr-fect match? SCRT is looking for help!

TRiNiDAD — If you have a passion for theatre and support- ing our community SCRT might be just what you are looking for. Trinidads’s community theatre is on a mission to find an energetic, enthusiastic staff of actors, directors, stage managers, set builders, and lighting/sound techs some will eventually lead to paid positions. Experience is great, but we are willing to provide training. If you would like to contribute to the art scene in Trinidad, join our team. Call the office at 719-846-4765 (leave a message if there is no answer) or send an email to info.scrtheatre@gmail.com with your contact information.

 

Good Food Project farm stand Friday

JANSEN — Stop by to see us as we expand our selection of in season organic and locally grown produce at the Good Food Project! The farm stand is located on Highway 12 in Jansen, on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..

This week: Silver queen corn, cantaloupe, tomatoes, Colorado honey, Farm fresh eggs, homemade elderberry jam, baked goods, Arnold Palmer (tea/lemonade) with organic cane sugar and fresh lemons. More produce to be announced soon!

 

THCU Presents David Rodriguez & Friends at Fort Wootton

TRiNiDAD — Join us for Fort Comedy! Socially distanced outdoor comedy is back in Trinidad featuring David Rodriguez and Allison Rose hosted by Jay Gillespie Saturday, September 12, 6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show time in the courtyard at Fort Wootton! Tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

 

Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial planning

TRiNiDAD — The next meeting of the planning for the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial group will be Monday, Sept. 14. For more information contact: Marty Hackett, Welcome Center Manager, Tourism Manager, Event Coordinator, 309 Nevada Ave., 719-846-9512, www.visittrinidadcolorado.com .

 

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Rally for Rural Colorado!

TRiNiDAD — The time is now to re-engage, reconnect and yes, even Rally for Rural Colorado. Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is hosting a series of 14 rallies throughout the state where attendees can learn more about the important is- sues the industry is facing, how to overcome these challenges together, and most importantly, take part in this movement to support rural Colorado.

The rallies will be coming to a city near you…mark your calendars and we will meet you there! For more information, visit https://www.coloradocattle.org/other-events or call (303) 431-6422. Tuesday, Sept. 15

Feed and More, 43610 US HWY 160, Trinidad, CO 81082, 6 – 8 p.m.

 

Care and Share distribution

TRiNiDAD — The next Care and Share food distribution will be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m., for seniors and 11:30 a.m. for everyone. The distribution ends at 1 p.m. or until food is gone at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds. Please come no sooner than one hour before distribution time to respect the neighborhood and avoid traffic.

 

Branson Hi Lo Country Gravel Grinder

BRANSON — Join us for the fabulous gravel bike ride in southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico Saturday Sept. 19. There are 28, 50 and 100-mile routes. Visit: https://www.bikereg.com/47248 to get more information.

 

Meet the candidates

TRiNiDAD — Join the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce virtually on Tuesday, October 6 at 6pm to hear from the candidates running for Senate District 35, Senate District 64, US Colorado House District 4, US House District 64, District Attorney and County Commissioners. There will also be information shared regarding ballet measures and propositions. For more information contact the Chamber at 719-422- 8054.

 

Paws in the Park canceled but low cost vaccinations available

TRiNiDAD — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, NAAWA did not host Paws in the Park during Labor Day weekend this year. Many pets rely upon the Paws in the Park event for annual vaccinations, microchips, and city licensing. Pets needing vaccines, microchipping, or city licensing can still get them at our daily low-cost clinic. Make an appointment for your pet at 719-680-2385 so that your pet will be up to date on every- thing they need. We are exploring the option of hosting a similar event that will be combined with Santa Paws for mid-fall. But don’t wait to get your pet vaccines – it is very important for them to be protected against disease.

 

Aguilar Library now open

AGUiLAR — The Aguilar Public Library is open allowing one patron at a time with the required safety measures in place: A face covering must be worn at all times while in the library and a 6 ft distance between each computer will be practiced and cleaned after each use. Thank you for allowing us to serve you in a safe and healthy way. Our business days and hours are as follows: Thanks again!

Closed: Sun & Mon. ; Open: Tues, Thurs, Fri, and Sat from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Wed: 12:30 pm – 4:30 p.m.

 

COLFAX

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be tonight, Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street. Currently we engage in wild land and structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays.

 

44th Annual InBank Virtual Exhibition & Sale

RATON — The 44th Annual InBank Exhibition and Sale will be virtual this year. Artists can drop off works Friday, September 11, 12 – 4 p.m. at The Old Pass Gallery, 145 S. 1st Street. Masks are required when dropping off work.

The show opens online Tuesday, Sept. 15, through Friday, September 18. Since the show will be virtual this year due to statewide mandates and COVID safe practices, there will not be any in-person viewing of the show and there will also not be a reception this year. However, the show must go on, so we will be selling all pieces through our online gallery. This will give our artists a nationwide audience.

The Virtual Sale and Exhibit will be online at www.ratonarts.org . For additional information or questions email: director@ratonarts.org or call 575-445-2052.

 

Curbside book signing at Arthur Johnson Library

RATON — Author Patricia H. Walsh will hold a special Curb- side Book Signing in front of the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library Saturday, September 12, 2 to 4 p.m. She will be autographing her new mystery “Kiss the Snake” set on the southern border of New Mexico and featuring snake expert and ex-cop Sam Flynn who stumbles across a dead horse that unearths a clue to a missing girl.

Patricia Walsh is a park ranger and former journalist living in Northern New Mexico. Her nature-based mysteries feature stories of wildlife and Native People with a touch of history thrown in. The first three people to buy an auto- graphed copy of “Kiss the Snake” will receive a free copy of her book “A Prairie Mourning”. Customers need not leave their cars – Ms. Walsh will deliver curbside. The price of “Kiss the Snake” is $12.00.

 

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come- first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

 

Raton Regional Aquatic Center open for lap swims

RATON — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation- Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open. Lap Swim is Monday-Fridays 6 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p. m.- 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 – 11 a.m..

 

Elk’s Thrift Store opens

RATON — Elks Lodge Thrift Store, 1180 S 2nd Street will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm. Only three patrons allowed in the store to meet social distancing guidelines. Thrift store proceeds assist with our community projects sponsored by Elks Lodge #865.

 

Alternatives to Violence Thrift Store

RATON — Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays weekly. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Historic First Street in Raton next to the Patchwork Phoenix. Accepting donations during open hours, please.

 

USDA Farm Bill virtual meeting

COLFAX COUNTY — The Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD’s) invite you to participate in the local work- group being hosted by Colfax SWCD in cooperation with the Mora/Wagon Mound SWCD. Western Mora SWCD & Tierra Y Montes SWCD Thursday, September 17, 10 a.m.. This meet- ing will be held through a Zoom meeting due to the COVID- 19 Pandemic for social distancing guidelines. For more information and the link to the meeting, contact:

The Raton Field Office- (575) 445-9471, extension 5. The Las Vegas Field Office- (505) 425-3594, extension 3.

The Local Work Group will provide input to the SWCD’s and the Natural Conservation Service (NRCS) on the EQIP implementation for Colfax, Mora, and San Miguel Counties. Members of this workgroup include federal and state agencies, as well as local and statewide organizations.

 

Capulin Dark Sky Festival

CAPULiN — Join us for an exceptional Dark Sky experience Saturday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. at Capulin Volcano National Monument. Capulin was named a Gold Tier Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association in 2016. Giant telescopes are provided by us, and the dark northeastern New Mexico skies by nature. You will see planets, galaxies, nebula, and other amazing sights all with your own eyes.

Capulin Volcano is at a higher altitude of over 6,000 feet. Nights can get chilly even in summer. A jacket, long pants, and closed toe shoes are recommended to attend a Dark Sky pro- gram. No reservations are needed. Call 575-278-2201 for more information.

Daytime activities including solar viewing and astronomy activities. Night telescope viewing and special guest speakers begin at 7:30 p.m. Telescope viewing until 11 p.m..

 

Open Hands Thrift Store

CiMARRON — Open Hands Thrift Store, 357 E 9th Street, will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Customers must wear masks and only 3 shoppers allowed inside at a time for social distancing guidelines.

We are only taking donations on Friday and Saturdays. If items are left at the shed they must be thrown away, so please follow the safety and drop off guidelines. We will take furniture by appointment, please call the numbers on the door. Thank you for helping us get through this time.

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Senior Week at the Pueblo Zoo

PUEBLO — The Pueblo Zoo is celebrating local citizens 65 and older by giving them free admission to the Pueblo Zoo during Senior Week, Sunday, Sept. 6 through Saturday, Sept.-12. The zoo will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, with last admission at 4 pm. Needed caregivers/aids will also be admitted free of charge. For the safety of our guests, staff, and animals, face coverings are required while visiting the zoo. (Bandana, scarf, home-made masks, face shield, etc. – Applicable to ages 3 years old and up). Groups must practice social distancing while visiting the zoo by remaining at least 6 feet from other groups. Groups shall be no larger than 10 people.

Seniors receive a 15% discount on all items at the kiosks and gift shop. We welcome you to bring food and coolers into the zoo for Senior Week. Coolers may be held in the admin building, if desired. Please use the main zoo entrance. Contact Kimberly Sewell, Events Manager: 719-561-1452 ext 106, ksewell@pueblozoo.org for more information.

Upcoming Events September 3, 2020

throughout our world

Gap Funding help for small business

OUR WORLD — The Pueblo West Chamber and Energize Colorado are offering a free event for all southern Colorado small businesses to get one on one counseling for the Gap Funding Friday, September 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main Street in Pueblo. You can sign up to attend a session with experts to answer your questions and help guide you through what is available to you as a business owner.

Please take advantage of this great opportunity. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at the Chamber.

Open to all small business in the Southern Colorado region to come and meet with a representative from Energize Colorado Gap Fund! Get your questions answered, and receive support and feedback to help your business to apply for the funds available! Your small business s or nonprofit may be eligible for a grant up to $15,000 and/or a loan of $20,000 for a total of $35,000.

To book your one-on-one session, call 719-423 -4694 or email: hhobby@nwsoco.org or simply stop by! Be safe, and wear your mask!

 

The utility & complexity of “Hamilton: The Musical”

OUR WORLD — Join us on Zoom tonight, Thursday, September 3, 6 pm for our next Borderlands of Southern Colorado online lecture. In this lecture, Roberto Montoya will present “The Utility & Complexity of Hamilton: The Musical”

Join us for a discussion as we explore the brilliance of Lin Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece and its applications for understanding culture and identity. Simultaneously, we will examine the pernicious erasure of Black and Native peoples.

Our dialogue will be led by Roberto Montoya, Hip Hop Pedagogue, host of Theory Heads Podcast, West Regional Manager with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), Scholar, and overall government nerd. The event is free and open to the public. Register for this meeting: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/64159742 01360/WN_6YB0WD-VSrSilynsnCrxKg

Please consider supporting the Border- lands Lecture Series by contributing at http://coloradogives.org/CommunityMuseumsOnline. Our Online Borderlands Lecture Series is generously supported by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and Colorado State University Pueblo

 

4-wheeler fundraiser for animal shelters

TRINIDAD/RATON — Lloyd Rosecrans and his friend H.L. Bowman, have started a small group of avid 4 wheelers who enjoy driving on challenging roads. One road that is a favorite is Co. Rd. 85.5 in Las Animas County. The road is very rough, rock and dirt, one lane and only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “As a group, we are all animal lovers and the pandemic has really hurt the local animal shelters. We decided last June that we should hold a rally and donate the money raised to the two shelters. We asked for a $20 donation for each vehicle. We are proud to state that 100% of all donations go to the shelters. (We raised $200 in July.)” The route

taken in July, was from Trinidad to Raton. The group is planning on holding this rally twice a year; around the 4th of July, traveling North to South and around Labor Day, traveling South to North.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, 8 a.m. we will begin to assemble at the old Kmart parking lot in Raton, NM. The Group will begin leaving for Sugarite Canyon at 9 a.m.. We will, of course, follow all masking and distance requirements.

We all want to get out of the house and have some safe family fun. This is a very beautiful drive and you will see very rarely seen parts of both Colorado and New Mexico. Basically, you are driving behind Fishers Peak. This is a county road and as such we can not charge anyone to travel on it, however, we request a $20 donation per vehicle for the animal shelters. A map of the route will be provided at the start of the rally. This is a 4 wheel drive road only. For more information call Lloyd at 719-846-2611.

 

Child Development Associate scholarships available

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with Child Care Innovations-Red Rocks Community College and Mesa County Public Health, is offering scholarships to early childhood professionals to earn or renew their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Offering CDA credential scholarships will help to improve the quality of the early care and education workforce by attracting and retaining highly qualified professionals.

The scholarship will cover the training costs and assessment fees for approximately 220 new CDA candidates and assessment fees for approximately 70 renewal candidates. The scholarship application is open and available now, in English, Spanish and Arabic.

The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education. Earn- ing a CDA credential helps to ensure early childhood professionals are prepared to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual and social development of children.

Funding for the scholarships is part of the $33.5 million Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal that Colorado received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Education.

There is no deadline to apply for a scholarship. Funds are limited, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For individual assistance with questions, please contact Julia Brink, quality improvement program coordinator, Child Care Innovations- Red Rocks Community College, at 303.914.6274 or julia.brink@rrcc.edu.

 

Gallagher Amendment informational webinars

OUR WORLD — Downtown Colorado Inc. (DCI) and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) have teamed up once again to establish and present educational content to build awareness and informed action on the Gallagher Amendment in advance of the November election as the Colorado Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Property Tax Assessment Rates Measure has made it to November’s ballot.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m. join us for a panel discussion with Rural Representatives, moderated by Reeves Brown, who will dis- cuss the unintended consequences of the statewide amendment which has adverse impacts on Colorado’s rural communities.

“Why Should I Care About Gallagher?” will be presented Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.. Join us for a conversation with some of Colorado’s top fiscal policy experts who will address these challenges and possible ways to amend them.

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., DCI’s Big Talks Series features Joe Minicozzi of Urban 3 will dive into Colorado Tax Policy, what do our policies encourage, and what will Gallagher and TABOR mean in a post pandemic economy.

DCI BIG TALK: The Future of Fiscal Health will be on tap Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m.. Join us for a panel discussion with Urban Representatives, moderated by Reeves Brown, who will discuss the unintended con- sequences of the statewide amendment which has adverse impacts on Colorado’s metro areas across the state.

Please contact Maggie at membership@downtowncoloradoinc.org with and questions about how to register, suggestions or comments!

 

Calling all seamstresses (and seamsters)

OUR WORLD — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice. serving Huerfano and Las Animas County, is looking for caring seamstresses that would volunteer to help craft simple bears out of fabric that belonged to a loved one that has passed on. The bears can provide comfort to people of all ages and the fabric will remind them of their beloved. It is a great project and a great way to be involved in Hospice work. It would be at most a few hours a month at your home sewing machine. Please call or text me for more details: Sandy Dolak 719-251-1271.

 

HUERFANO

HCCC is back! Zoom meeting today at noon.

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) will be sponsored by the Business Alliance this year. Our first meeting Thursday, September 3, 12 p.m. will be a Zoom meeting. To receive an invitation to the meeting email: Deb Channel at: dchannel356@gmail.com. Please let Deb Channel know if you have anything you want discuss on the agenda. Although we are on limited exposure, there’s a lot going on.

 

Grand Re-opening of Iconic Dental

WALSENBURG — The Iconic Dental office, 624 Main Street, has been remodeled and expanded with a clean and updated interior, new HVAC with A/C. Iconic Dental will have the same great dentist, James Shoff, DMD and staff plus they are introducing Dr. Eddy Evans and a new dental hygienist to work alongside Dr. Shoff.

The grand reopening of the office will be held the week of through Friday, September 4. There will be prizes and special deals.

 

La Veta Farmers Market today

LA VETA — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday through Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Self-defense course at Two Peaks Fitness

LA VETA — Defend yourself! Two Peaks Fitness is offering a 3-week series in self-defense training. Learn how to protect yourself in these 1 hour sessions, every Thursday through September 10, at 6 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main Street. Due to social distancing requirements, this group session is limited to 5 attendees. Free to Two Peaks Fitness members; $5 daily fee for non-members. For more information, call 719-742-3555.

 

Coffee w/ Sandy White

LA VETA — Join Sandy for coffee from 9 – 10 a.m. on Friday, September 4, at Corners Café, 701 South Main Street, La Veta. From 9 – 10 on Friday, September 11, La Veta Country Market, 200 North Main Street, La Veta.

 

Joyce Rankin in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Joyce Rankin, from the State Board of Education, will visit Walsenburg, Friday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 511 Main Street.

Is distance learning working? How far behind are our students? What is the most important role of a teacher? These and other questions will be discussed. The event is open to all community members and is sponsored by the Huerfano County Republican Party.

Colorado is among eleven states that have elected school boards. The rest have appointed boards, most of which are appointed by the governor. Let your voice be heard and come visit Rankin on Friday, September 4th. She is your State Board of Education representative.

 

New hours for Two Peaks Fitness

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness is expanding their hours. Now open every day from 5 a.m. to midnight. Door code required for entry 5 – 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.-midnight. For membership information, call 719-742-3555 or come by 216 S Main St in La Veta.

 

Coat, hat, and glove drive at Lathrop

WALSENBURG — Lathrop State Park is host- ing a winter clothing drive for boys and girls during the month of September. All clothing will be distributed to our local Huerfano County schools: Peakview, Gardner, and La Veta. We need usable hats, gloves, and coats for boys and girls. There are three drop off lo- cations: Lathrop State Park visitor center; Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, 23500 US Hwy 160; and JM Tire, 928 Main Street. For more information contact Danette Barela at 719-738-2376 x 7 or danette.barela@state.co.us .

 

Live music at Walsenburg Golf Course and La Plaza

WALSENBURG — Kurt Corsair will perform Friday, Sept. 5, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Walsenburg Golf Course. Come out and enjoy a meal and music under the new management. Saturday, Sept. 6, 6 to 9 p.m. Kurt will perform on the patio at La Plaza Inn. Make your plans and give us a call at (719) 738-5700 and request your table on the patio or at the clubhouse. Music starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

 

Drive-in movie every Friday

LA VETA — The teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be hosting a drive-in movie every Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the 4-H barn. For $5 per person, you will be able to watch the movie from the safety and comfort of your car and listen through the radio.

 

La Veta Village garage sale

LA VETA — Every Saturday through Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a garage sale at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco Street. There are many items; something for everyone. All donations go toward the Assisted Living Project.

 

Gardner Farmers Market

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Fall Show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council invites everyone to the opening reception for the Fall Show, with featured artists Rebecca Meyers, Hugh Keating and Carrie Fox this Saturday, Sept. 5, between 5 – 7 p.m. Due to Health Dept. requirements, only 10 people at a time are allowed inside, face coverings, and social distancing are required, so no refreshments. The show will be on display until Oct. 3.

Rebecca Meyers is showing an amazing collection of Native American and African cultures’ masks, created from clay and re-purposed materials. Along the same lines, Gary Weston has new fantastical works also from re-purposed materials. Hugh Keating is showing some of his crayon and acrylic works featuring loosely rendered architectural scenes on canvas, and Carrie Fox has included con- temporary embroidery and photography “sketches” inspired by the rivers and wildlife in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Other area artists sharing their original art are Kathy Hill, Ann Gethen, Cathy Mullens, Pat Newell, Karen Voepel, Kenny Schneider, Barb Kowalik, Jim Lambert, Gordon “Shorty” Schockey, Martha Lancaster, and Linda Shelley.

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sun- day Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cu- charachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market every Sunday

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all.

 

Joyful walking & intuitive movement

LA VETA — We walk and make, with gentle, intuitive movement, stops along the way each Tuesday morning, 10 to 11:30 a.m. with yoga teacher Ruth, dance instructor Ashley, and peach pilgrim Laura. Starting location may change weekly. For the current week’s starting location check our FaceBook page “Joyful Walking in La Veta” or call 630-864-8992 or 415-233-2632. Due to COVID-19, gathering size limited. While it is not required, you can reserve your space in advance by calling one of the above numbers. Walks are free. Donations accepted but not expected. Please bring masks, hats, water, sunscreen, walking shoes. Come once, once-in-a-while, or weekly.

 

September Care and Share

WALSENBURG — The next Care and Share will be held Tuesday, September 8, 10 a.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center. Please come no earlier than one hour before distribution time to respect the neighborhood and avoid traffic congestion.

 

Huerfano County Republicans meeting

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the Huerfano Republican Party will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, 6 p.m. via Zoom or in per- son at the headquarters, 511 Main Street. We meet once a month, every 2nd Tues, at 6pm. We have a meet and greet starting at 5:30 and after the meeting, we eat at La Plaza Inn.

 

Free sports physicals at Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic

WALSENBURG — Whether they’re dribbling, kicking or running; if your kids are playing sports this year, they need a sports physical. We’re happy to tell you that Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is providing FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS to local students on Wednesday, September 9, 8:30 to 4 p.m. at our Outreach Clinic in downtown Walsenburg.

Call 738-5200 to schedule your appointment.
• We will be limiting the number of appointments to ensure proper social distancing and sanitation.
• Call from your vehicle when you arrive to check in: 719-738- 5200
• Wear a mask and bring your own pen.
• Only one parent/guardian per student will be allowed inside.
• If you cannot make Sept. 9th, we will be hosting another Free Sports Physical Day in November, date to be announced later.

Sports physicals are not a substitute for well-child checks. Schedule that visit first and we can include your child’s important immunizations. These exams are typically covered by insurance or medicaid.

 

American Legion Post 16 meeting

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg American Legion Post 16 will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m.. The meeting will be held at the Huerfano Community Bible Church, 603 Leon Avenue. We will continue to abide by all current CDC and Huerfano County Health Department guidelines during the meeting. Masks will be required and six foot distancing will be adhered to. If you are feeling any symptoms of the Coronavirus, or are ill or just do not want to come to a public meeting, please stay home, your health and your family’s health are more important. Meeting topics will include: Membership, the upcoming Blood Drive and current events affecting the Legion. All Veterans are invited to attend. For further information, contact the Post Commander, Gary Baldwin at 719-738-2801.

 

La Veta/Cuchara Chamber to meet 9/10

LA VETA — The La Veta Cuchara Chamber will be holding their monthly meeting September 10, 2020. Meetings are open to the public. If you wish to be on the agenda, please contact us two days before the meeting at info@lavetacuchara- chamber.com

 

MoF call for artists for “COVID-19 Crisis or Opportunity” show

WALSENBURG — We are planning a new exhibit “COVID- 19 Crisis or Opportunity – Artists Response Group Exhibition,” September 11 thru November 30. There is still time to submit your work. The theme is creativity in the time of COVID-19, the works do not need to represent the virus or its negative consequences. The theme is open ended – what you produced during the shut down? (film, video, sculpture, fabric art, paintings, prints etc.). Please send me or Brendt images of the works you would like to exhibit, if you are local perhaps you will be able to drop the works off in the next couple of weeks (please make an appointment – 719- 738-2858 or email: mcberger@museumoffriends.org or brendtberger@earthlink.net). All works will be considered for inclusion and we will discuss the postage options available if you are interested.

Currently we have Elizabeth Hansen from California, Brendt Berger, and three other artists not confirmed as of yet. We are practicing social distancing and can not admit anyone who does not wear a mask or adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Huerfano and Las Animas Health Department rules.

 

Ricky Tims presents new novel at book signing event

LA VETA — Southern Colorado quilter and musician, Ricky Tims, will launch his fantasy novel for the young and young at heart in a one-day book signing of his newly-released novel, Lizzy Albright and the Attic Window, Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Tims Art Retreat Center, 105 W Ryus Avenue.

The event will be held outdoors in the front courtyard. Social distancing will be enforced, and attendees are required to wear masks.

The fantasy novel, co-written by Ricky Tims and Kat Bowser, will be available for sale at the event. Ricky offers to personalize and autograph books upon request and will allow socially distanced photo opportunities. The story is targeted to middle grades and young adults of all ages. It has been described as Harry Potter meets The Wizard of Oz meets Alice in Wonderland. The story’s heroine is Lizzy Albright, a red-headed, freckle-faced girl from Overland Park, Kansas, who is celebrating her tenth birthday on Christmas Eve 1964.

The book includes an antique quilt, a talking goose, and the cursed Kingdom of Ailear, and many unexpected twists and turns. The book is available locally at La Veta Mercantile, and La Veta Gallery on Main. Those who prefer to shop online can find it on Amazon. The eBook is available for instant download at www.lizzyalbright.com

With the publication of this book, Tims adds novelist to his long list of creative endeavors. Ricky was born and raised in North Texas, but now resides on a remote mountain parcel not far from La Veta. Contact Information for Ricky Tims, Inc. is Heather Lee at 719-742-3755 or heather@rickytims.com .

 

American Legion Blood Drive / Vietnam Veteran Commemoration

WALSENBURG — The American Legion, Post 16 will be host- ing a Community Blood Drive on National POW/MIA Remembrance Day, Friday, September 18, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue. It is highly recommended that if you desire to donate blood that you make an appointment by calling Vitalant at 1-800-365- 0006, ext. 2 or online at www.Vitalant.org. If you use the online option, you can fill out a medical questionnaire to bring with you on the date of the appointment. The American Red Cross has determined that there is a nationwide Blood shortage and your donation would be greatly appreciated.

Additionally we will be honoring Vietnam War Era Veterans that served in the military between November 1, 1955 and May 15th, 1975. Veterans that served during that period can come to the Community Center and pick up a Commemorative Pin, Certificate and “Thanks” from a grateful Nation for your service. To remember the Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA) a small table will be set up in the Gymnasium to memorialize the over 81,900 US Service Members of our military still Missing or Unaccounted for from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and other conflicts.

We will be observing all CDC, State and local Health Department Guidelines. Wearing of masks and Social Distancing is mandatory. Masks and Hand Sanitizer will be available at the Community Center. For additional information call Vice Commander Keith Hauber (816) 277-4833.

 

Tire collection event in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Last year the “tire roundup” was for the 81055 La Veta area. This year it is for 81089 Walsenburg area. The event will be on Saturday, September 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Walsenburg Public Works garage parking lot, 525 S. Albert.

Each household is limited to nine passenger auto or light truck tires. Proof of 81089 residence will be needed. If you have tires that are larger than 22 inches in diameter, or tires with rims in, call ahead and leave a message at 303-449-6483 so that we can make arrangements with the private hauler to accept them. This collection event is not open to any commercial entity or tire business.

This year’s “tire roundup” will be conducted by volunteer members of the Huerfano County2 Road Clean Up Committee just as the La Veta event last year. This collection is a free service of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

 

LAS ANIMAS

Community forum on Santa Fe Trail construction

TRINIDAD — Citizens of Trinidad are invited and encouraged to attend a public forum hosted by the City to discuss the Santa Fe Trail Construction Project Thursday, September 3, 5 p.m. via GoToMeeting. To ensure your opportunity to speak during this public forum, because this is a virtual meeting platform, the public is encouraged to sign up in advance so as to be recognized by the meeting moderator. Please contact Audra Garrett, City Clerk, at 719-846-9843, ext. 135 or at audra.garrett@trinidad.co.gov to sign up to speak. If unable to sign up in advance, you will be allowed to chat in a request to speak during the forum.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/374419397 . You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (408) 650-3123 ; Access Code: 374-419-397

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/374419397

 

Trinidad School District 1 announces universal free breakfast and lunch

TRINIDAD — Trinidad School District 1 is participating in a Universal Lunch and School Breakfast Program for the current school year. If your children attend TSD 1, breakfast and lunch will be available to them at no charge. All students enrolled at this school may participate.

Studies show that children who are not hungry perform better in school. By providing lunch to all children at no charge, we are hoping to create a better learning environment for our students.

The school breakfasts and lunches we serve follow U.S. Dept. of Agriculture guidelines for healthy school meals. The School Breakfast and Lunch Program cannot succeed without your support; please encourage your children to participate in the school meal programs.

Meals will be served to all students at no charge regardless of eligibility status. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the on- line learning students can pick up meals at the Eckhart Elementary School ONLY. We will not be providing meals for anyone other than enrolled students in our district. Adults may still purchase a meal for $3.75.

If it is possible we would appreciate the parents call 719- 845-2051 from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday -Friday if you are going to pick up meals for your children so that we can prepare enough food. If you have questions about the program, please contact Kathy Vigil, food service director, at 719-845-2051.

 

Looking for your purr-fect match? Noah’s Ark Cat Days of Summer Adopt-A-Thon

TRINIDAD — Through Friday, Sept. 4 all cat and kitten adoptions are 50% off! We’re at catpacity with 50 fantastic felines who are looking for loving homes. It’s a wonderful time to adopt! All our cat adoptions include spay/neuter, current vaccines, 30 days of free pet health insurance, a $10 follow up vet visit at Trinidad Animal Clinic, a $5 microchip offer, and more!

Adult cat adoptions normally start at $25, but during this one-week event, you can adopt a nice adult cat for $12.50! Kitten adoptions normally start at $60, but during this one- week event, you can adopt a kitten for just $30!

 

Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — Sept. Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street, is Friday, Sept. 4, Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11-4:30.

 

Good Food Project farm stand Friday

JANSEN — Stop by to see us as we expand our selection of in season organic and locally grown produce at the Good Food Project! The farm stand is located on Highway 12 in Jansen, on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..

This week: Silver queen corn, Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, Colorado honey, Farm fresh eggs, Homemade elderberry jam, Baked goods, Arnold Palmer (tea/lemonade) with organic cane sugar and fresh lemons. More produce to be announced soon!

 

Diabetes Self Management

TRINIDAD — Friday, September 4, 2 – 5 p.m. Mt Carmel Health, Wellness, & Community Center presents a Diabetes Self Management Education and Support (DSMES) class. Join today to learn about: Healthy eating, Being active, Monitoring blood sugar ,Taking medications, Problem solving, Healthy coping, and Reducing your health risks. Call Dr. Ivory Raye to register or for more information: 719-201-5589

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has a full slate of events for August.
•Saturday, Sept. 5, 6 to 9 p.m., Songwriters’ Series

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

Body Wellness – Lose weight! Feel great!

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center is hosting an 11 week course on Body Wellness with Dr. Scott Uhalt, Ph.D. of Health Promotions to lose weight & feel great!

Body wellness is a comprehensive program designed not only to help you lose weight but to also offer ways to improve your overall health. Learn how to make changes that will lead to healthy living! The course runs from August 27 – November 5 | 11 weeks for only $99!
Includes: Two – in-person meetings with Dr. Uhalt at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center. nine – virtual lessons/discussion via zoom. Please call 719-845-4894 to register.

 

PWP Bags & Brews river cleanup –

TRINIDAD — Join us for a COVID-19 friendly, socially distanced river cleanup gathering on the Purgatoire River, followed by fun & drinks Saturday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. at Cimino Park . Come clean up the river, get out of the house, and see some new faces that aren’t your family members or your cat!

Whether you’ve been waiting all winter and spring to get out and do something great for the river, or you are just sick of being cooped up in isolation – whatever your reason we’d love to have you! This fun monthly social(ly distanced) event consists of spending a couple hours in good company cleaning up the Purgatoire River and filling bags with trash, then we head over to a local pub or restaurant for some refreshment!

Trash bags, brand new gloves, factory-sealed bottles of cold water, washed safety vests, disinfecting wipes are provided. Participants should bring whatever additional personal protective gear you would like – sunscreen, hat, mask, personal water bottle, your own gloves, etc.. Please call us if you have any questions (cell 970-420-1915)!

 

Free legal help at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — While the library is open for curbside service only, you can still sign up for Free Legal Help Tuesday, Sept. 8, 3 to 4 p.m. Just call the library at 719-846-6841 to sign up. On the date and time of the event, the attorney will call you during the hour. Please call the library (846-6841) to reserve a time slot.

 

THCU Presents David Rodriguez & Friends at Fort Wootton!

TRINIDAD — Join us for Fort Comedy! Socially distanced outdoor comedy is back in Trinidad featuring David Rodriguez and Allison Rose hosted by Jay Gillespie Saturday, September 12, 6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show time in the courtyard at Fort Wootton! Tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

 

Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial planning

TRINIDAD — The next meeting of the planning for the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial group will be Monday, Sept. 14. For more information contact: Marty Hackett, Welcome Center Man- ager, Tourism Manager, Event Coordinator, 309 Nevada Ave., 719-846-9512, www.visittrinidadcolorado.com .

 

Care and Share food distribution

TRINIDAD — The next Care and Share food distribution will be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m., for seniors and 11:30 a.m. for everyone. The distribution ends at 1 p.m. or until food is gone at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds. Please come no sooner than one hour before distribution time to respect the neighborhood and avoid traffic

 

Branson Hi Lo Country Gravel Grinder

BRANSON — Join us for the fabulous gravel bike ride in southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico Saturday Sept. 19. There are 28, 50 and 100-mile routes. Visit: https://www.bikereg.com/47248 to get more information.

 

Paws in the Park canceled but low cost vaccinations available

TRINIDAD — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, NAAWA will not be hosting Paws in the Park during Labor Day week- end this year. We know that many pets rely upon the Paws in the Park event for annual vaccinations, microchips, and city licensing. Please know that pet’s needing vaccines, microchip- ping, or city licensing can still get them at our daily low-cost clinic. Please make an appointment for your pet by calling 719-680-2385 so that your pet will be up to date on everything they need. Know also that we are exploring the option of host- ing a similar event that will be combined with Santa Paws for mid-fall. But please do not wait to get your pet vaccines – it is very important for them to be protected against disease.

 

Aguilar Library now open

AGUILAR — The Aguilar Public Library is open allowing one patron at a time with the required safety measures in place: A face covering must be worn at all times while in the library and a 6 ft distance between each computer will be practiced and cleaned after each use. Thank you for allowing us to serve you in a safe and healthy way. Our business days and hours are as follows: Thanks again!

Closed: Sun & Mon

Open: Tues, Thurs, Fri, and Sat from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Wed: 12:30 pm – 4:30 p.m.

 

COLFAX

Raton Recycling Center

RATON — The Raton Regional Recycling Hub Facility, Armex Building, 420 East 4th Ave. is currently limited to the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on an as-needed basis for large loads of materials (call 575-445-9181). The Center will be open Saturday, Sept. 5. Check back for information on additional hours. We are working on acquiring collection trailers, which are expected to be spread around the area and be available for daily deposits of materials.

Accepted Materials: Corrugated cardboard and brown paper bags; mixed paper including junk mail, magazines, and newspapers; plastic #1 bottles with necks, caps, and labels like water and soda bottles or salad dressing; plastic #2 bottles like laundry detergent, milk, and juice jugs (no motor oil products); steel / tin cans clean soup, vegetable, pet food, and sauce con- tainers; aluminum beverage cans, clean food containers, pie pans, and foil. Visit the website: http://www.ratonnm.gov/156/Recycling for more information.

In Raton, there are non-governmental organizations where you can take selected recyclables. Citizens for the Developmentally Disabled, 230 E 4th Avenue, will pay a variable rate for aluminum cans and some types of copper. Call them at 575-445-5674 for collection days and times.

 

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come- first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

 

The Angel Fire Art & Farmers’ Market

ANGEL FIRE — The Angel Fire Art and Farmers Market is held every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all summer at Frontier Park in the heart of Angel Fire.

Our market is a weekly showcase featuring a diverse selection of local and regional artists, great live music, food artisans & fresh produce. The market provides resources and opportunities to help grow small endeavors and provides a meeting place for a vibrant local community.

Commonly found at our market:

-Fresh regional produce
-Hatch Green Chile roasted on the spot

-Farm fresh eggs

-Local meat and dairy products

-Artisanal bread and baked goods

-Raw honey & much more…

We are asking visitors to take the following precautions:

-Park at least 1 space away from others
-Wear a mask
-Utilize hand sanitizers upon entering and exiting

-Stay at least 6 ft away from others

 

Raton Regional Aquatic Center open for lap swims

RATON — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation-Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open. Lap Swim is Monday-Fridays 6 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p. m.- 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 – 11 a.m..

 

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be to- night, Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street. Currently we engage in Wild land and Structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and forth Thursdays.

 

44th Annual InBank Virtual Exhibition & Sale

RATON — The 44th Annual InBank Exhibition and Sale will be virtual this year. Artists can drop off works Friday, September 11, 12 – 4 p.m. at The Old Pass Gallery, 145 S. 1st Street. Masks are required when dropping off work.

The show opens online Tuesday, Sept. 15, through Friday, September 18. Since the show will be virtual this year due to statewide mandates and COVID safe practices, there will not be any in-person viewing of the show and there will also not be a reception this year. However, the show must go on, so we will be selling all pieces through our online gallery. This will give our artists a nationwide audience.

The Virtual Sale and Exhibit will be online at www.ratonarts.org . For additional information or questions email: director@ratonarts.org or call 575-445-2052.

 

MCMC Auxiliary Thrift Shop

RATON — The MCMC Thrift shop is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at their location on South 2nd Street next to Old City Market Building. Please only bring donations during our operating hours.

*PLEASE* we cannot accept large furniture and appliance type donations, we have no way to store them or to move them. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Elk’s Thrift Store opens

RATON — Elks Lodge Thrift Store, 1180 S 2nd Street will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm. Only three patrons allowed in the store to meet social distancing guidelines. Thrift store proceeds assist with our com- munity projects sponsored by Elks Lodge #865.

 

Alternatives to Violence Thrift Store

RATON — Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays weekly. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Historic First Street in Raton next to the Patchwork Phoenix. Accepting donations during open hours, please.

 

Open Hands Thrift Store ~ Cimarron

CIMARRON — Open Hands Thrift Store, 357 E 9th Street, will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Customers must wear masks and only 3 shoppers allowed inside at a time for social distancing guidelines.

We are only taking donations on Friday and Saturdays. If items are left at the shed they must be thrown away, so please follow the safety and drop off guidelines. We will take furniture by appointment, please call the numbers on the door. Thank you for helping us get through this time.

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Annual San Isidro Mass

TINAJA — The Annual San Isidro Mass and function will take place at the San Isidro Church in Tinaja, New Mexico, (off county road 810) on Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. A potluck lunch will take place following the Mass. -Due to the COVID-19 Virus Restrictions, please bring your face masks if you plan to attend. Questions? Call Liz Romero at 575- 445-8435.

Upcoming Events for week of August 27, 2020

throughout our world

Active military and veterans free entry to all state parks

DEnVEr – As a thank you to U.S. military members, Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers active duty military, veterans and the National Guard free admission to all state parks for the month of August.

Military members and veterans, resident and nonresident, can pick up a free August Military Pass at any Colorado state park or CPW office by showing proof of service. Passes become available on August 1, 2020.

CPW also offers military benefits for outdoor activities to active duty military, veterans, and disabled veterans. Programs include free admission to state parks on Veterans Day, year-round free entry to all state parks to residents with Colorado Disabled Veterans license plates and free small game and fishing combination licenses for qualified disabled veterans. CPW also offers a Columbine Pass which offers reduced park entrance fees to disabled Colorado residents.

 

Child care home facilities improvement grant

OUr WOrLD — The majority of Colorado children are cared for in home environments. According to a 2015 report by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, between 2011 to 2015 the number of licensed family child care homes decreased by 15%. To address the declining number of licensed slots within family child care homes and to improve quality within home-based learning environments, the Buell Foundation granted funds to the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) to provide facility improvement funding to family child care homes. This opportunity is intended to help family child care homes start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations, increase capacity and reduce the number of family child care homes closing their doors due to financial restrictions.

The funding priorities for the Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant include: 1) statewide geographic distribution with 50 percent of funding provided outside the Denver Metro area, 2) addressing unmet service gaps, and 3) increasing capacity and access to family child care home pro- grams. In addition, priority will be given to applicants that serve vulnerable families and children.

Applications for the second round of funding are due by Friday, August 28, 2020. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by email. Due to COVID-19, ECCLA requires that completed applications be emailed to shannon@ecclacolorado.org. Please do not fax or mail your application. When your application is received a confirmation email will be sent to you. If you previously submitted an application and have not received a confirmation, please contact shannon@ecclacolorado.org.

If you are needing assistance please reach out to us. You will find more information here: https://ecclacolorado.org/fcchgrant/

 

What the LGBTQ Health? Virtual Webinar

OUr WOrLD — Join One Colorado for a virtual and FREE event as we share our 2018 “Closing the Gap” report, Saturday, August 29, 12 p.m.. Learn important information on your health care rights and how to advocate for them, and host a panel of participants from

the region to discuss how each region is uniquely impacted with regards to health and accessing care. We want to hear directly from you about what is both amazing and challenging in your regions, and how One Colorado can close the gap between legal and lived equality in every corner of Colorado. Please join us for one or all of our “What the LGBTQ Health?” regional tour stops. If you have any questions or issues accessing the Zoom webinar, please contact Marvyn Allen at marvyna@one-colorado.org or 303-727-0632. Click on the link to sign up! https://onecol- orado.salsalabs.org/southeastcolorado/

 

Food preservation classes

PUEBLO — Due to COVID-19, Extension Agent, Laura Griffin of CSU Extension-Pueblo County will present a free food preservation webinar series online. Registered participants will be emailed details to join the virtual class via Zoom following registration and 48 hours before the class as a reminder. Don’t miss your chance to learn home food preservation in the comfort and safety of your home! Space is limited and registration is required.

To register, go to https://www.event- brite.com/d/online/csue-food-preservation/.
•Pressure Canning-Wednesday, September 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop will teach pressure canning skills for low acid foods. Learn ways to prevent spoilage and illness.

Contact Laura or Christine at 719-583- 6566 for more information.

 

4-wheeler drive fundraiser for animal shelters

TrInIDAD/rATOn — Lloyd Rosecrans and his friend H.L. Bowman, have started a small group of avid 4 wheelers who enjoy driving on challenging roads. One road that is a favorite is Co. Rd. 85.5 in Las Animas County. The road is very rough, rock and dirt, one lane and only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “As a group, we are all animal lovers and the pandemic has really hurt the local animal shelters. We decided last June that we should hold a rally and donate the money raised to the two shelters. We asked for a $20 donation for each vehicle. We are proud to state that 100% of all donations go to the shelters. (We raised $200 in July.)” The route taken in July, was from Trinidad to Raton. The group is planning on holding this rally twice a year; around the 4th of July, traveling North to South and around Labor Day, traveling South to North.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, 8 a.m. we will begin to assemble at the old Kmart parking lot in Raton, NM. The Group will begin leaving for Sugarite Canyon at 9 a.m.. We will, of course, follow all masking and distance requirements.

We all want to get out of the house and have some safe family fun. This is a very beautiful drive and you will see very rarely seen parts of both Colorado and New Mexico. Basically, you are driving behind Fishers Peak. This is a county road and as such we can not charge anyone to travel on it, however, we request a $20 donation per vehicle for the animal shelters. A map of the route will be provided at the start of the rally. This is a 4 wheel drive road only. For more information call Lloyd at 719-846-2611.

 

HUERFANO

Bicycle repair clinic today

LA VETA — Spanish Peaks Cycling will host a bicycle repair clinic Thursday Aug. 27, 2 to 6 p.m. outside the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main St.. We fix your bikes for free! Donations always accepted. For more information, email info@spcycling.org.

 

La Veta Farmers Market today

LA VETA — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Self-defense course at Two Peaks

LA VETA — Defend yourself! Two Peaks Fit- ness is offering a 3-week series in self-defense training. Learn how to protect yourself in these 1 hour sessions, Thursdays, August 27-

September 10, 6pm at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main Street. Due to social distancing requirements, this group session is limited to 5 attendees. Free to Two Peaks Fitness members; $5 daily fee for non-members. For more information, call 719-742-3555.

 

Flowers for first responders and patients, a MoF project

WALSEnBUrg — The Museum of Friends is starting a new art project for children ages 6 to 14 called “Flowers for first responders and patients.” We are going to meet on Friday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. at Miner’s Plaza. If you are between 6 and 14 please come out – we will have all the materials and water, but please wear your mask and we will be practicing social distancing.

 

Opening reception at La Veta Gallery on Main

LA VETA — The La Veta Gallery on Main will be opening a show of Vivian Etmanczyk’s Scratchboard and Watercolor Artwork, with a reception on Friday August 28, 5 to 7:30 p.m. – – held in conjunction with La Veta’s 4th Friday Art Walk. The show will run through September. Select pieces of Vivian’s work can be previewed on the Gallery’s website: lavetagalleryonmain.com .

 

La Veta 4th Friday Art Walk

LA VETA — The final 2020 4th Friday Art Walk will be held August 28, 5 to 7:30 p.m. These venues will be participating in this free event: SPACe Gallery, Parkside Gallery of Wood Art, Crafted in Colorado, Silvershoe, The Painted Horse Gallery, and La Veta Gallery on Main. Come see what the La Veta art community has on display in a relaxing evening setting; enjoy take-away snacks and music. Have some fun. Please wear face masks and practice social dis- tancing. We look forward to seeing you safely and respectfully.

 

Live music at La Plaza

WALSEnBUrg — Kurt Corsair will perform solo on Friday, August 28, 6 p.m. then on Saturday, August 29, 6 p.m. Kurt will perform with the Apache Creek Fiddlers. Make your plans and give us a call at (719) 738-5700 and request your table on the patio. Music starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. ~PRIME RIB SPE- CIAL~ every Friday & Saturday!

 

Drive-in movie every Friday

LA VETA — The teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be hosting a drive-in movie every Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the 4-H barn. For $5 per person, you will be able to watch the movie from the safety and comfort of your car and listen through the radio.

 

La Veta Village garage sale

LA VETA — Every Saturday through September 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a garage sale at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco Street. There are many items; something for everyone. All donations go toward the Assisted Living Project.

 

Gardner Farmers Market

gArDnEr — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Photography show at SPACe

LA VETA — Everyone is invited to take a look at the new showing of photography at the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus. Only 10 persons at a time will be allowed inside, face coverings are required, and social distancing will be ob- served. The photography will be on display until Aug. 29. The gallery is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 – 3 pm. All photos are for sale, as well as original art, jewelry, and pottery created by SPACe members, in the Gift Shop. Call 719 742-3074 for information or email spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com. Visit the SPACe Etsy Store, YouTube, and the SPACe website – www.spanishpeaksarts.org – for images of the winning photos.

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUChArA — This summer please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, August 30, Rev. Matt Gaston will present “Learning to Fear like Christians” with special music by Eldaa Royer.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market to be held on Sundays

WALSEnBUrg — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all.

 

Outdoor coffee w/ Sandy White

WALSEnBUrg — Join Sandy for coffee from 9 – 10 a.m., Monday, August 31 at the H&H Café, 902 W. 7th, Walsenburg; from 9 – 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2, in the courtyard at Capture Colorado and Legends, 220 South Main Street, La Veta; and from 9 – 10 a.m. on Friday, September 4, at Corners Café, 701 South Main Street, La Veta.

 

Grand Re-opening of Iconic Dental

WALSEnBUrg — The Iconic Dental office, 624 Main Street, has been remodeled and expanded with a clean and updated interior, new HVAC with A/C. Iconic Dental will have the same great dentist, James Shoff, DMD and staff plus they are introducing Dr. Eddy Evans and a new dental hygienist to work alongside Dr. Shoff.

The grand reopening of the office will be held the week of Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 4. There will be prizes and special deals.

 

Two Peaks Fitness Half Marathon and Fun Run early registration

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness Half Marathon and Fun Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m. but early registration ends Tuesday, Sept. 1. Register at active.com –or– twopeaksfitness.org/activities/running-events/. $40 early registration fee by Sept 1; $45 regular registration; $20 two mile fun run The Marathon and fun run is from Grandote Peaks and along the scenic highway of legends (CO State Hwy 12). Packet pickup: Friday, Oct. 2, 2-6 pm at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main or Saturday, Oct. 3, 7 a.m. at Grandote Peaks Club- house.

 

Joyful walking & intuitive movement

LA VETA — We walk and make, with gentle, intuitive movement, stops along the way each Tuesday morning, 10 to 11:30 a.m. with yoga teacher Ruth, dance instructor Ashley, and peach pilgrim Laura. Starting location may change weekly. For the current week’s starting location check our FaceBook page “Joyful Walking in La Veta” or call 630-864-8992 or 415- 233-2632. Due to COVID-19, gathering size limited. While it is not required, you can re- serve your space in advance by calling one of the above numbers. Walks are free. Donations accepted but not expected. Please bring masks, hats, water, sunscreen, walking shoes. Come once, once-in-a-while, or weekly.

 

HCCC Sept. Zoom meeting

hUErfAnO COUnTY — The Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) will be sponsored by the Business Alliance this year. Our first meeting Thursday, September 3, 12 p.m. will be a Zoom meeting. To receive an in- vitation to the meeting email: Deb Channel at: dchannel356@gmail.com . Please let Deb Channel know if you have anything you want discuss on the agenda. Although we are on limited exposure, there’s a lot going on.

 

MoF call for artists for “COVID-19 Crisis or Opportunity” show

WALSEnBUrg — We are planning a new exhibit “COVID-19 Crisis or Opportunity – Artists Response Group Exhibition,” September 11 thru November 30. There is still time to submit your work. The theme is creativity in the time of COVID-19, the works do not need to represent the virus or its negative consequences. The theme is open ended – what you produced during the shut down? (film, video, sculpture, fabric art, paintings, prints etc.). Please send me or Brendt images of the works you would like to exhibit, if you are local perhaps you will be able to drop the works off in the next couple of weeks (please make an appointment – 719- 738-2858 or email: mcberger@museumof- friends.org or brendtberger@earthlink.net). All works will be considered for inclusion and we will discuss the postage options available if you are interested.

Currently we have Elizabeth Hansen from California, Brendt Berger, and three other artists not confirmed as of yet. We are practicing social distancing and can not admit anyone who does not wear a mask or adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Huerfano and Las Animas Health Department rules.

 

Free sports physicals at Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic

WALSEnBUrg — Whether they’re dribbling, kicking or running; if your kids are playing sports this year, they need a sports physical. We’re happy to tell you that Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is providing FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS to local students on Wednesday, September 9, 8:30 to 4 p.m. at our Out- reach Clinic in downtown Walsenburg.

Call 738-5200 to schedule your appointment.
• We will be limiting the number of appointments to ensure proper social distancing and sanitation.
• Call from your vehicle when you arrive to check in: 719-738- 5200
• Wear a mask and bring your own pen.
• Only one parent/guardian per student will be allowed inside.

• If you cannot make Sept. 9th, we will be hosting another Free Sports Physical Day in November, date to be announced later.

Sports physicals are not a substitute for well-child checks. Schedule that visit first and we can include your child’s important immunizations. These exams are typically covered by insurance or medicaid.

 

Tire collection event in Walsenburg

WALSEnBUrg — Last year the “tire roundup” was for the 81055 La Veta area. This year it is for 81089 Walsenburg area. The event will be on Saturday, September 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Walsenburg Public Works garage parking lot, 525 S. Albert.

Each household is limited to nine passenger auto or light truck tires. Proof of 81089 residence will be needed. If you have tires that are larger than 22 inches in diameter, or tires with rims in, call ahead and leave a message at 303-449-6483 so that we can make arrangements with the private hauler to accept them. This collection event is not open to any commercial entity or tire business.

This year’s “tire roundup” will be conducted by volunteer members of the Huerfano County2 Road Clean Up Committee just as the La Veta event last year. This collection is a free service of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

 

LAS ANIMAS

Roasted green chiles at Hops & Vines & Mangino’s

TrInIDAD — Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner is bringing the chile roaster to Trinidad! We will have our fresh produce and green chiles for sale, every Tuesday, 2-6 p.m. in the parking lot of Santa Fe Trail Hops and Vines and Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mangino’s Automotive on Main Street. Call Mary to reserve your bushel or to make an appointment for roasting at 719-680-1402.

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TrInIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has a full slate of events for August.
•Saturday, Aug. 29, and Sept. 5, 6 to 9 p.m., Songwriters’ Series

•Sunday, Aug. 30, members only, Live music food and drinks available.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

Services workers Manic Monday!

TrInIDAD — Yes, servers, cooks and all service types need to be taken care of too! Bring a friend, BYO chairs, blankets….food and drink available Monday, Aug. 31, 5 p.m. at the American Legion. Come out and enjoy some live music. You’ll be supporting a good deal of local musicians too. Singers/songwriters and musicians are encourage.

 

Bible Study

SEgUnDO — Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m. at The Lord’s Chapel in Segundo. The study features weekly Video Teachings with Francis Chan – An 11-week Bible study. Join the class led by Tyler Medina, Interim Pastor.

 

Hospital to have temporary parking lot change

TrInIDAD –– As part of Mt. San Rafael Hospital’s facility renovation project, the time has come to address the parking lot. The large parking lot which provides direct access to the main hospital entrance will temporarily be closed until November while a new parking lot, with more spaces, is constructed. Patients and visitors coming to the main entrance of the hospital will use the Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department parking lot located directly to the left of the center flagpole. Mt. San Rafael Hospital is a 25-bed, critical access facility serving the medical and surgical needs of Trinidad residents and the surrounding areas. For more information about the hospital or this temporary road closure, please call (719) 846-9213.

 

GOAL High School schedule for fall

TrInIDAD — At GOAL High School, Trinidad Student Drop- In-Center, 326 North Commercial Street, Suite 20, all courses and curriculum will remain online. The site will be open to students, however staff and students will be capped at 50% capacity. A COVID screening, including temperature check will be done at the door and all visitors, students, and staff are required to wear masks. The site will be set up specifically for optimal social-distancing. The first day of classes is Monday, August 31. Orientation is done by appointment throughout the month of August; however, enrollment will remain open through October 1st. For more information or to enroll, go to our website at goalac.org or call 877-776-4625 or Communications Coordinator, Gunnison Pagnotta at 719-744-3090 or email to gm.pagnotta@goalac.org.

 

Cooking for Seniors-virtual class

TrInIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center is hosting a FREE VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS (for people 60 and over) Every Thursday in September (9/3 – 9/10 – 9/17 – 9/24 ) beginning Sept. 3, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Pick-up FREE groceries from Mt. Carmel to recreate the recipe. Attend 3 out of 4 classes and get a free electric skillet. Call 719-845-4894 for more info.

 

Body Wellness – Lose weight! Feel great! Join today!

TrInIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center is hosting an 11 week course on Body Wellness with Dr. Scott Uhalt, Ph.D. of Health Promotions to lose weight & feel great! The course begins today, Thursday, August 27.

Body wellness is a comprehensive program designed not only to help you lose weight but to also offer ways to improve your overall health. Learn how to make changes that will lead to healthy living! The course runs from August 27 – November 5 | 11 weeks for only $99!
Includes: Two – in-person meetings with Dr. Uhalt at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center. nine – virtual lessons/discussion via zoom
Week 1: Pre-Measurements. Measure body composition, weight and hand out Two-Day food record. (In-person, by appointment)

Week 2: Two-day Food Record Review. Using a food analysis program Scott will go over your food profile and make recommendations. (Virtual – Zoom)
Week 3: Metabolism & Nutrition. How your metabolism works and the importance of reading nutrition labels. (Virtual – Zoom)

Week 4: More on Metabolism & Nutrition. (Virtual – Zoom)

Week 5: Fitness. Integrating the five components of fitness into your weight loss program. (Virtual – Zoom)
Week 6: Half-Way Food Record Review and Goal Setting. (Virtual – Zoom)
Week 7: Stress Management & Mindfulness. Understanding stress management and integrating mindfulness for weight loss. (Virtual – Zoom)
Week 8: Sleep. How sleep effects weight loss. (Virtual – Zoom)

Week 9: Medical Consumerism. Don’t believe everything you hear. (Virtual – Zoom)
Week 10: Understanding advertising and marketing for health products. (Virtual – Zoom)
Week 11: Post Measurements and Debriefing. Measure body com- position, weight and review final results. (In-person, by appointment)

Please call 719-845-4894 to register.

 

PWP Bags & Brews river cleanup

– TrInIDAD — Join us for a COVID-19 friendly, socially distanced river cleanup gathering on the Purgatoire River, followed by fun & drinks Saturday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. at Cimino Park . Come clean up the river, get out of the house, and see some new faces that aren’t your family members or your cat!

Whether you’ve been waiting all winter and spring to get out and do something great for the river, or you are just sick of being cooped up in isolation – whatever your reason we’d love to have you! This fun monthly (socially distanced) event consists of spending a couple hours in good company cleaning up the Purgatoire River and filling bags with trash, then we head over to a local pub or restaurant for some refreshment!

Trash bags, brand new gloves, factory-sealed bottles of cold water, washed safety vests, disinfecting wipes are provided. Participants should bring whatever additional personal protective gear you would like – sunscreen, hat, mask, personal water bottle, your own gloves, etc.. Please call us if you have any questions (cell 970-420-1915)!

 

Free legal help at Carnegie Library

TrInIDAD — While the library is open for curbside service only, you can still sign up for Free Legal Help Tuesday, Sept. 8, 3 to 4 p.m. Just call the library at 719-846-6841 to sign up. On the date and time of the event, the attorney will call you during the hour. Please call the library (846-6841) to reserve a time slot.

 

Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial planning meeting

TrInIDAD — The next meeting of the planning for the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial group will be Monday, Sept. 14. For more information contact: Marty Hackett, Welcome Center Manager, Tourism Manager, Event Coordinator, 309 Nevada Ave., 719- 846-9512, www.visittrinidadcolorado.com .

 

Paws in the Park canceled but low cost vaccinations available

TrInIDAD — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, NAAWA will not be hosting Paws in the Park during Labor Day weekend this year. We know that many pets rely upon the Paws in the Park event for annual vaccinations, microchips, and city licensing. Please know that pet’s needing vaccines, microchipping, or city licensing can still get them at our daily low-cost clinic. Please make an appointment for your pet by calling 719-680- 2385 so that your pet will be up to date on everything they need. Know also that we are exploring the option of hosting a similar event that will be combined with Santa Paws for mid- fall. But please do not wait to get your pet vaccines – it is very important for them to be protected against disease.

 

Carnegie Library now open

TrInIDAD — The Carnegie is open in a limited capacity with restrictions and social distancing, so here are some things to note before your visit:

•All patrons must wear face masks and be screened at the door.

•The library is open for seniors (50+) only from 9-10 am, Monday through Friday. The remaining open hours will be for all other patrons.

•There can be up to 10 patrons at a time in the library, with only one family at a time in the children’s area . Everyone must maintain social distancing.
•Computer assistance is by appointment only, otherwise, first come first served.

•Our restrooms will be closed to the public.
•In order to accommodate all users, patrons will not remain in the library for longer than one hour at a time.

Please be patient with us as we learn how best to serve you while keeping everyone safe and healthy. We are still doing curbside service to serve as many people as possible and keep the library less crowded.

 

Free video streaming at the Carnegie

TrInIDAD — Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Library and Books & More bookstore, the Library is offering a new service starting Monday, July 13. It’s called Kanopy. It’s a video streaming service, similar to Netflix, but instead of paying for it, you have free access using your library card account. The Kanopy collection includes feature films, documentaries, and television programs. You can access up to ten films per month for free. Kanopy includes a special section just for young children. Stay tuned for more information coming on our website and Facebook page. If you don’t have a library card, call us at 846-6841 and we will open an account for you!

 

Aguilar Library now open

AgUILAr — The Aguilar Public Library is open allowing one patron at a time with the required safety measures in place: A face covering must be worn at all times while in the library and a 6 ft distance between each computer will be practiced and cleaned after each use. Thank you for allowing us to serve you in a safe and healthy way. Our business days and hours are as follows: Thanks again!

Closed: Sun & Mon

Open: Tues, Thurs, Fri, and Sat from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Wed: 12:30 pm – 4:30 p.m.

 

Carnegie library online Story Time

TrInIDAD — Virtually join Ms. Phyllis every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for stories and songs! Please register in advance to receive the virtual meeting invitation: https://www.carnegiepublicli- brary.org/virtualstorytime

 

Senior services, Aguilar Care & Share

LAS AnIMAS COUnTY — The Agency on Aging coordinates food distribution in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties and is provided through South Central Council of Governments. All area Agency on Aging programs are for residents 60 years or older, assessments and reservations required. Make reservations/cancellations one day in advance at 719-846-3336. Call 719-845-1133 ext 208 or ext. 225.

Take out lunch meals are provided in Trinidad Monday through Friday at the Sayre Senior Center. Also available, homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Trinidad and Tuesday and Thursday in Aguilar.

In Aguilar, the regular Care & Share distribution is at 125 E. Main Street, for Aguilar/Ludlow area residents only (proof of residency required). Every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be an emergency food distribution for those in dire need.

for all distributions, please do not show up too early, bring a pen, and stay in your vehicle. Please wear a mask.

 

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Raton Ministerial Alliance food distribution

rATOn — The next food distribution will be held Friday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. until supplies are gone at the City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street. Everyone is welcome.

 

Annual San Isidro Mass

TInAJA — The Annual San Isidro Mass and function will take place at the San Isidro Church in Tinaja, New Mexico, (off county road 810) on Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. A potluck lunch will take place following the Mass. -Due to the COVID-19 Virus Restrictions, please bring your face masks if you plan to attend. Please call Liz Romero at 575-445-8435 with any questions.

 

Raton Regional Aquatic Center open for lap swims

rATOn — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation-Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open. Lap Swim is Monday-Fridays 6 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p. m.- 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 – 11 a.m..

 

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

rATOn — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come- first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

 

The Angel Fire Art & Farmers’ Market

AngEL fIrE — The Angel Fire Art and Farmers Market is held every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all summer at Frontier Park in the heart of Angel Fire.

Our market is a weekly showcase featuring a diverse selection of local and regional artists, great live music, food artisans & fresh produce. The market provides resources and opportunities to help grow small endeavors and provides a meeting place for a vibrant local community.

Commonly found at our market:

-Fresh regional produce
-Hatch Green Chile roasted on the spot

-Farm fresh eggs

-Local meat and dairy products

-Artisanal bread and baked goods

-Raw honey & much more…

We are asking visitors to take the following precautions:

-Park at least 1 space away from others
-Wear a mask
-Utilize hand sanitizers upon entering and exiting

-Stay at least 6 ft away from others

 

MCMC Auxiliary Thrift Shop

rATOn — The MCMC Thrift shop is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at their location on South 2nd Street next to Old City Market Building. Please only bring donations during our operating hours.

*PLEASE* we cannot accept large furniture and appliance type donations, we have no way to store them or to move them. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Elk’s Thrift Store opens

rATOn — Elks Lodge Thrift Store, 1180 S 2nd Street will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm. Only three patrons allowed in the store to meet social distancing guidelines. Thrift store proceeds assist with our community projects sponsored by Elks Lodge #865.

 

Alternatives to Violence Thrift Store

rATOn — Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays weekly. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Historic First Street in Raton next to the Patchwork Phoenix. Accepting donations during open hours, please.

 

Open Hands Thrift Store ~ Cimarron

CIMArrOn — Open Hands Thrift Store, 357 E 9th Street, will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Customers must wear masks and only 3 shoppers allowed inside at a time for social distancing guidelines.

We are only taking donations on Friday and Saturdays. If items are left at the shed they must be thrown away, so please follow the safety and drop off guidelines. We will take furniture by appointment, please call the numbers on the door. Thank you for helping us get through this time.

 

The Supper Club: At Home

SAnTA fE – The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico Board of Directors today announced
The Supper Club: At Home. The event will take place on September 20, 2020 at 6pm, and is easily accessed through the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico’s website, cffnm.org . Online access is free for The Supper Club: At Home. However attendees are encouraged to donate and thereby enable the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico to reach its fundraising goal. Tune-in and enjoy online at on Sunday, September 20, 6 p.m.

Guest artist features in the half-hour program will include performances by three Grammy Award®-winning vocalists: Mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle, and sopranos Patricia Racette and Jessica Rivera. Miss Castle’s appearance is courtesy of Des Moines Metro Opera and Iowa PBS. Miss Racette is accompanied by Beth Clayton and Miss Rivera’s collaborative pianist is Mark Carver. In addition, Southwest Art magazine cover artist Rebecca Tobey will discuss her sculptures from Ventana Fine Art located on Canyon Road, a Santa Fe street dedicated to the country’s finest art. The fifth artist offering will include excerpts from Filmmaker Gwendolen Cates’ PBS/Independent Lens documentary, Water Flowing Together, which provides an intimate portrayal of retired New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Jock Soto. A native New Mexican, Mr. Soto will also share his journey as a cancer patient who benefitted from the support of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico.