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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. Pro- grams 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 de- creased 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/

 

Online 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 com- fort and safety of your home! Space is limited and registration is required.

To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.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.

 

HUERFANO

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.

 

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. 21, 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.

 

Huerfano Dems meet Friday

HUERFANO COUNTY — We are having our August central committee meeting Friday, Aug. 21 , 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 on the horizon! 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.com

 

Annual ag appreciation dinner

WALSENBURG — The Ag Appreciation dinner will be Friday, Aug. 21, 6 to 8 p.m.. This traditional event is sponsored by the Ag Coalition composed of Huerfano County Farm Bureau, Upper Huerfano Soil Conservation District, Huerfano Basin Stockgrowers Association and the Huerfano County Commissioners. The purpose of the event is to support the Ag community and bring everyone who is interested in and supportive of rural living and agriculture together. This year is an election year and the focus will include an opportunity to meet and talk to candidates from both parties. This is a chance to ask questions.

Huerfano County Farm Bureau is the lead organizer of the event and is a non-partisan organization devoted to the Ag industry and rural communities. We invite everyone who is an advocate of rural America, who shares our values of independence and preserving our way of life, to join us.

Come eat some great food, hear some wonderful music (Apache Creek Fiddlers) and share in fellowship with like minded country folks. There is no charge as long as the food lasts, so come early.

 

Outdoor coffee with Sandy White

WALSENBURG — Join Sandy for coffee 9– 10 a.m., Monday, August 24, at the H&H Café, 902 W. 7th, Walsenburg. From 9 – 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26 at Tina’s Family Café, 501 Walsen Ave, Walsenburg.

 

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. 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

 

Live music at La Plaza

WALSENBURG — The KneeOn Sisters!, will perform Saturday, Aug 22, 6 p.m. 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 SPECIAL~ every Friday & Saturday!

 

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, Aug. 23, Rev. Clayton Oliphint will present: “Hope” 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.

 

Water Conservancy District Board meeting

HUERFANO — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held remotely by GoTo Meeting Monday, August 24, 6 p.m.. A draft agenda and login in- formation 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: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/3753713 33 Or dial in using your phone: United States: (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 375-371-333

 

Watercolor painting with Kathy Hill

LA VETA — Join Kathy Hill for the weekly Tuesday gathering, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 133 E. Virginia, to learn about painting with watercolors. The gathering is limited to four people. Each week a new subject is introduced on to watercolor techniques. $20 per session. Materials provided for $5 more. Face masks are required, and social distancing practiced. Call 719-742-5756 for details, and please leave a message if there is no answer.

 

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.

 

Bicycle repair clinic

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.

 

Self-defense course at Two Peaks

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, 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.

 

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.

 

Annual 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

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. Beginning Monday, August 17, the large parking lot which provides direct access to the main hospital entrance will temporarily be closed 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. This closure will be in effect from August 17 through the first part of November.

The main parking area for the hospital will be closed for the duration; however, ac- cess to the hospital’s main entrance and hospital services will remain open with parking for patients and visitors redirected to the Health Department parking lot. Hospital staff and medical partners have been directed to park in a newly repurposed lot temporarily, to ensure the Health Department lot is reserved for patients and visitors and Health Department personnel.

Mt. San Rafael Hospital apologizes for any inconvenience for this temporary change in parking, but looks forward to making the new parking lot, once completed, available to all patrons of the hospital and its clinics.

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.

 

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 Sat- urday, Aug. 22, 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. 22, Harlan Ashe Project, 6 to 9 p.m.

•Saturday, Aug. 29, 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.

 

Hoehne School registration for new students

HOEHNE — Current students may check Infinite Campus the week of August 24 for their schedules.

 

Community forum: allowing marijuana hospitality establishments

TRINIDAD — There will be a Community Forum hosted by the City Council of the City of Trinidad Monday, August 24, 5 p.m. via Go- ToMeeting. Citizens of Trinidad are invited and encouraged to attend a public forum

hosted by the City to discuss the possibility of allowing marijuana hospitality establishments. To ensure your opportunity to speak during this public forum, because this is a virtual meeting platform, it will be necessary for you to sign up in advance so as to be recognized by the meeting moderator. Please con- tact Audra Garrett, City Clerk, at 719-846-9843, ext. 135 or at audra.garrett@trinidad.co.gov to sign up to speak by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, August 24, 2020.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/923786 037. You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (786) 535-3211; Access Code: 923-786-037

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/9237 86037

 

Philosophy Cafe: Deep Ecology

TRINIDAD — Please join us at Carnegie library on line for the next installment of Philosophy Cafe Monday, Aug. 24, 5 p.m.. We originally scheduled this meeting for August 10th, but only one person came. We think this topic is important and interesting enough to reschedule.

The topic this time is Deep Ecology: the idea of adding value and quality to a study which was originally restricted to facts and quantity. Arne Naess is the philosopher who coined the term “Deep Ecology”, follow this link to check out a short video that will help introduce the subject: https://www.facebook.com/schumachercollege/videos/what-is-deep-ecology-with-stephan-harding/1174156339309175/

This will be a remote Zoom meeting. You can register by going to our website, carnegiepubliclibrary.org, clicking the Virtual Programs button and scrolling down to the section on Philosophy Café. Just click the Register button if you’re interested in joining in.

 

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.

 

Trinidad 2020 Roundup Rodeo canceled

TRINIDAD — After 109 years of continuous rodeo activity in Las Animas County, beginning before, lasting thru and continuing after World War II, the Trinidad Round Up Association Board of Directors made history at its June meeting when it unanimously voted to cancel this year’s 110th Trinidad Roundup Rodeo, and festivities including the Labor Day Parade, Rodeo Dances, BBQ, and Queen’s Contest due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“After all the shut-downs and loss of revenue, we just cannot expect our local small businesses to sponsor this year’s event,” stated board VP Kristy Buhr-Bennett. Our deepest regrets to our supportive community and we hope to come back strong next year at the 111th Annual Trinidad Roundup Rodeo and Festivities in 2021! Thank you for your continued support!

For more information: email, trinidadroundup@live.com or visit, www.trinidadroundup.homestead.com

 

Paws in the Park cancelled 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, mi- crochips, 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 im- portant 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 pro- grams. 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.carnegiepubliclibrary.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.

 

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 Co- ordinator, 309 Nevada Ave., 719-846-9512, www.visittrinidadcolorado.com .

 

COLFAX

Kindergarten Round Up at Longfellow School

RATON — Bring your entering kinder student for meeting with teachers, initial assessments, snacks, and fun Thursday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longfellow School 700 E. 4th Street. For updates Follow our Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/577373326 316044/

 

Cimarron Challenge 2020

CIMARRON — Ride the Cimarron Challenge 2020 Saturday, Aug. 22, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. starting at 301 E 9th Street. We are offering 65 and 78 mile gravel routes through US Forest Service land in the spectacular and remote Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest. The ride also affords the opportunity to transit part of Phil- mont Scout Ranch. The views alone will leave you breathless! Find us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/cimarronchal- lenge/

 

Capulin Astronomy Nights

CAPULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights. The next date is Saturday, August 22, 7:00 pm.

View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. Times vary by month, but all observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the Visitor Center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes. Call 575-278-2201 for information and reservations.

 

Raton Recycling Center

RATON — The Raton Regional Recycling Hub Facility, Armex Building, 420 East 4th Ave. will be open Wednesday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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.

 

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.

 

Moonlight Hike at Capulin Volcano

CAPULIN — Take a ranger-guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full moon Saturday, August 29, 8 p.m.! Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience Capulin Volcano in a new light! Reservations required. Call 575-278-2201 for information and reservations.

 

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 al- lowed 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.

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Call for artists: “High Peaks”

WESTCLIFFE — Come to Westcliffe and commemorate the end of summer in the Sangres with the latest and greatest fine art and photography. “High Peaks” is our September 2020 art show. You can check out the entry info at www.sangresartguild.org. Intake of 2D and 3D fine art or photography for this show is at 3rd Street Gallery, 59000 Highway 69 in Westcliffe on Sunday and Monday, Aug. 30 – 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The Artists’ reception is Sat. Sept. 5 from 11 – 4. Come by and view the art – 2 floors to explore! Show dates are Sept. 3 – 28. Gallery is open Thurs. – Mon. 11 – 4. Masks required.

 

Upcoming Events for week of August 13, 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 be- come available on August 1, 2020.

CPW also offers military benefits for outdoor activities to active duty military, veterans, and disabled veterans. Pro- grams 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.

 

Online 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.eventbrite.com/d/online/csue-food-preservation/

•Water Bath Canning-Wednesday, August 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop will cover steps of the water bath method for canning high acid fruits.

•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.

 

HUERFANO

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.

 

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. 14, 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.

 

Outdoor coffee with Sandy White

WALSENBURG — Join Sandy White for coffee from 10 – 11 a.m., Friday, August 14, at the Rolling Smoke Garage BBQ, 110 E 5th St. at Heritage Park and from 9 – 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 20 at Tina’s Family Café, 501 Walsen Avenue.

 

Dance Jam every Friday

LA VETA — Come bust a move every Friday 11 a.m. at the La Veta Community Center. This is a fun cardio dance party celebrating many styles and decades! This group exercise is a collaboration between Two Peaks Fitness and dance instructor Ashley Vandagriff. Please pay in exact change at the door.

Two Peaks Fitness Members: $5 Non-members: $10. Questions? Contact lavetadancearts.ashley@yandex.com

 

SPAWP annual membership meeting

CUCHARA — The Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection (SPAWP) will hold its second annual membership meeting on Friday, August 14, 1 p.m. at the LVFPD Station #2 in Cuchara, CO. The meeting will be available remotely through ZOOM.

SPAWP has had an exciting year. Hear the latest about our projects:

•Demonstration mitigation project at Red Hill, funded by the AIM grant and your donations.
•The FRWRM (Forest Restoration & Wildfire Risk Mitigation) grant to provide mitigation in Majors Ranch, Navajo Ranch, Spanish Peaks and Baker Creek/Panadero/Sun Mountain. •Colorado State Forest Service $300,000 Highway 12 Mitigation Project (Speaker: Jared Fleming, CSFS).

•Home Ignition Zones (HIZ) presentation (Speaker: Paul Branson).

Voting members will elect directors to new terms for the coming year. We will provide the slate of candidates for open positions. Voting members will receive the slate and a proxy if they cannot attend. If you are interested in joining the board, please convey your interest, along with a brief resume, to Craig Yenzer at cyenzer@sbcglobal.net. For the participation and other requirements for board members, please review our by-laws on our website: www.spawp.org.

Register in advance for zoom access: james.ramsey@spawp.org . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

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

 

Live music at La Plaza

WALSENBURG — Kurt Corsair with the Apache Creek Fiddlers will perform Saturday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m. and the KneeOn Sisters!, Saturday, Aug 22, 6 p.m. 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!

 

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, Aug. 16, Rev. Dennis Schurter will present “The Big Picture” 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.

 

Watercolor painting with Kathy Hill

LA VETA — Join Kathy Hill for the weekly Tuesday gathering, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 133 E. Virginia, to learn about painting with watercolors. The gathering is limited to four people. Each week a new subject is introduced on to watercolor techniques. $20 per session. Materials provided for $5 more. Face masks are required, and social distancing practiced. Call 719-742-5756 for details, and please leave a message if there is no answer.

 

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.

 

CEO virtual workshop by Leading Edge

OUR WORLD — This is a 9 week class that will take place every Tuesday, August 18 through October 13, 6 – 8 p.m. The CEO Strategic Planning Series is a business planning and strategic development course. This series is for profitable or ready to scale businesses with entrepreneurs who want to engage in focused planning, education and accountability for managing change and growth.

The presenter is Cory Arcarese: certified Leading Edge instructor, certified business counselor. The organizers are asking that attendees have been in business at least 3 years. There is a $100 fee for this online workshop or 2 people per business at $150. There is a mini- mum 10 and a maximum of 20 attendees. Checks should be made payable to Pueblo Community College noting SBDC Leading Edge. To pay by debit or credit card, call the PCC cashier office: 719-549-3212

 

Annual 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.

 

Annual ag appreciation dinner

WALSENBURG — The Ag Appreciation dinner will be Friday, Aug. 21, 6 to 8 p.m.. The dinner this year has been moved from our traditional site at the Huerfano County Fair to the Rolling Smoke Garage in Walsenburg. The dinner is open to the public at absolutely no charge as long as the food lasts, so come early!

The dinner is an annual event sponsored by the AG Coalition, led by the Farm Bureau of Huerfano County. The Farm Bureau isn’t just for ranchers and farmers. Anyone interested supporting small towns and small businesses in Southern Colorado should check us out!

 

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. see ad page xx

 

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.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Diabetes Self Management on line course

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center will offer a four week Diabetes Self Management Education and Support (DSMES) class via Zoom beginning Friday, August 14. Register in advance for this meet- ing call Dr. Ivory Raye to register or for more information: 719-201-5589.

Join today to learn about: healthy eating, being active, monitoring blood sugar, taking medications, problem solving, healthy coping, reducing your health risks.

 

Youth football camp

TRINIDAD — Southern Colorado Family Center will be hosting a free youth football camp with the support of Primero and Trinidad high football teams Saturday, Aug. 15 at Central Park. We will have two sessions from 8:30- 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m to 12 p.m. Only 20 spots are open per session. Pre registration is encouraged, or registration is at 8 a.m. that morning. To pre-register call/or text Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509 or email at juliemattorano@gmail.com. Donations welcome.

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has a full slate of events for August.

•Saturday, Aug. 15, 6 to 9 p.m. Open Mic

•Sunday, Aug. 16 Sunday Fun-day for members only with live music food and drinks available.

•Saturday, Aug. 22, Harlan Ashe Project, 6 to 9 p.m.

•Saturday, Aug. 29, 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.

 

Hoehne School registration for new students

HOEHNE — Hoehne School will be having registration for the 20/21 school year for all new students that live in the Hoehne School district, who did not attend Hoehne for the 19/20 school year. If this criteria applies to you, please call the school on Monday, August 17 at 719-846-4457 to schedule an appointment for later in the week. All newly accepted out- of-district students will be notified by phone call when to come in and register. Current students may check Infinite Campus the week of August 24 for their schedules.

 

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 Sat- urday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mangino’s Automotive on Main Street. Call Mary to re- serve your bushel or to make an appointment for roasting at 719-680-1402.

 

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.

 

Trinidad 2020 Roundup Rodeo canceled

TRINIDAD — After 109 years of continuous rodeo activity in Las Animas County, beginning before, lasting thru and continuing after World War II, the Trinidad Round Up Association Board of Directors made history at its June meeting when it unanimously voted to cancel this year’s 110th Trinidad Roundup Rodeo, and festivities including the Labor Day Parade, Rodeo Dances, BBQ, and Queen’s Contest due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“After all the shut-downs and loss of revenue, we just cannot expect our local small businesses to sponsor this year’s event,” stated board VP Kristy Buhr-Bennett. Our deepest regrets to our supportive community and we hope to come back strong next year at the 111th Annual Trinidad Roundup Rodeo and Festivities in 2021! Thank you for your continued support!

For more information: email, trinidadroundup@live.com or visit, www.trinidadroundup.homestead.com

 

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 pro- grams. 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 curbside

AGUILAR — Aguilar Public Library, 146 W Main, is offering curbside service outside the building during normal business days and hours (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wed * 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm) for the com- munity and surrounding areas. If you are needing copies, a specific or audio book, DVD’s, or check out a Colorado State Park Backpack please call at 719-941-4426 or email aguilartownlibrary@gmail.com. We will gladly check them out, bag the items, then bring them outside to you. The staff will practice social distancing as well as wearing face- mask and gloves upon delivery.

 

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.carnegiepubliclibrary.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.

 

COLFAX

Colfax Rapid Response

RATON — Colfax County Rapid Response is a volunteer firefighting community based organization. Our next meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 13, 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 of each month at the Colfax County Courthouse at 7 p.m.. We are constantly looking for new volunteers.

 

22nd Annual International Tournament

RATON — The Annual International Golf Tournament will be held Friday to Sunday, Aug. 14 to 16 at Raton Country Club. Three person scramble, Stableford scoring. Entries accepted thru Aug. 12 so please sign up quickly as spots will fill up. Only 8 teams per flight

 

Drive-thru car show at MCMC LTC

RATON — The residents at MCMC Long-term Care, 900 S 6th St., have been cooped up for a very long time and would LOVE to have a drive-thru “car show” come by. Come on out, Saturday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and let’s put some smiles on those faces! Hit me up if you have any ideas, want to participate, want to cruise after…let’s give these seniors a day to re- member! Cars, motorcycles, whatever you got!

 

Annual picnic at Johnson Mesa

JOHNSON MESA — The Johnson Mesa annual picnic will be held Sunday, August 16, and will begin with a potluck dinner at noon, followed with the worship service and an afternoon of fellowship. The message will be brought by Pastor Monte McGowen of the Lighthouse Church in Raton. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.

Attendees are encouraged to observe the Covid-19 guidelines of the CDC and our New Mexico governor.

 

Kindergarten Round Up at Longfellow School

RATON — Bring your entering kinder student for meeting with teachers, initial assessments, snacks, and fun Wednesday, Aug. 19, or Thursday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longfellow School 700 E. 4th Street. For updates Follow our Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/577373326 316044/

 

Cimarron Challenge 2020

CIMARRON — Ride the Cimarron Challenge 2020 Saturday, Aug. 22, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. starting at 301 E 9th Street. We are offering 65 and 78 mile gravel routes through US Forest Service land in the spectacular and remote Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest. The ride also affords the opportunity to transit part of Phil- mont Scout Ranch. The views alone will leave you breathless! Find us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/cimarronchal- lenge/

 

Capulin Astronomy Nights

CAPULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights. The next date is Saturday, August 22 @ 7:00 pm. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. Times vary by month, but all observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the Visitor Center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes.

 

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.

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Call for artists: “High Peaks”

WESTCLIFFE — Come to Westcliffe and commemorate the end of summer in the Sangres with the latest and greatest fine art and photography. “High Peaks” is our September 2020 art show. You can check out the entry info at www.sangresartguild.org. Intake of 2D and 3D fine art or photography for this show is at 3rd Street Gallery, 59000 Highway 69 in Westcliffe on Sunday and Monday, Aug. 30 – 31, from 11 a.m.to4p.m..The Artists’ reception is Sat.Sept. 5 from11–4. Come by and view the art–2 floors to explore! Show dates are Sept. 3 – 28. Gallery is open Thurs. – Mon. 11 – 4. Masks required.

Upcoming Events for week of August 6, 2020

throughout our world

Zoom presentation – Buffalo Soldiers at Ft. Garland

OUR WORLD — Join us on Zoom for our next great history talk Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6 to 7 p.m.. In this lecture, Dr. Michael Sawyer will present “The Buffalo Soldiers and Service in Times of Injustice.”

After the Civil War, Congress established six all-black regiments (consolidated to four shortly after) to help rebuild the country after the Civil War. One of these units, the 9th cavalry of the United States Army, was garrisoned at Fort Garland from 1876-1879.

Dr. Michael Sawyer is Assistant Professor of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies and the Department of English at Colorado College. He was recently appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor of English and Fine Arts at the United States Air Force Academy and is the Founder and Director of the Africana Intellectual Project at Colorado College. In March, Saw- yer published his most recent monograph, “Black Minded: The Political Philosophy of Malcom X.”

The event is free and open to the public. Register for this meeting at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3715958807213/WN_h4OkZviIR8eXD0WSQDf2Ig
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.

 

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 be- come available on August 1, 2020.

CPW also offers military benefits for outdoor activities to active duty military, veterans, and disabled veterans. Pro- grams 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.

 

HUERFANO

Huerfano 4-H COVID plans

HUERFANO COUNTY — Due to coronavirus restrictions, there will be no “open class” entries at the Huerfano County 4- H Fair this year. The fair is slated for August 5 – 9.

For questions, call the Huerfano County Extension office at 719-738-3000, ext. 131.

 

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 in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Care and Share distribution

LA VETA — La Veta distribution will be Saturday, August 8. Dance Jam every Friday

LA VETA — Come bust a move every Friday 11 a.m. at the La Veta Community Center. This is a fun cardio dance party celebrating many styles and decades! This group exercise is a collaboration between Two Peaks Fitness and dance instructor Ashley Vandagriff. Please pay in exact change at the door.

Two Peaks Fitness Members: $5 Non-members: $10 Questions lavetadancearts.ashley@yandex.com

 

Live music at La Plaza

WALSENBURG — Three of our favorites are coming back! The Ordinary Two, Friday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m., Kurt Corsair w/ Apache Creek Fiddlers, Saturday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m. and the KneeOn Sisters!, Saturday, Aug 22, 6 p.m. Make your plans and give us a call at (719) 738-5700 and request your table on the patio. Music starts at 6 and ends at 9. ~PRIME RIB SPECIAL~ every Friday & Saturday!

 

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, 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.

 

Annual 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 observed. 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.

 

Outdoor coffee with Sandy White

WALSENBURG — Join Sandy for coffee from 9 – 10 a.m., Saturday, August 8 at La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th. From 9– 10 a.m., Monday, August 10, at the H&H Café, 902 W. 7th. From 10 – 11 a.m., Friday, August 14 at the Rolling Smoke Garage BBQ, 110 E 5th Street.

 

17th Annual Stonewall Century Ride

LA VETA — Ride the Highway of Legends (Colorado State Highway 12) in the Stonewall Century Ride Saturday, August 8. Riders can go the entire 102 miles from La Veta to Segundo and back or turn around at any time! This ride is known for the homemade goodies at the aid stations and the friendly people in the area.

This is an annual fundraiser for the La Veta and Stonewall Fire Protection Districts. This ride is scenic, challenging, and delicious. For registration information, see www.spcycling.org or active.com.

Register online through Wednesday August 5 or during packet pickup August 7 at the La Veta Grandote Golf Course, or onsite August 8 at the Golf Course.

Music begins at noon. Everyone welcome! The Huerfano County Health Department has given us guidelines to make this ride safe.

 

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, or please follow current County/State guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

For more info: Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

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 9, The Rev. Don Goodwin presents “A Worthy Prayer” with special music by Tom Munch.

 

Watercolor painting with Kathy Hill

LA VETA — Join Kathy Hill for the weekly Tuesday gathering, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 133 E. Virginia, to learn about painting with watercolors. The gathering is limited to four people. Each week a new subject is introduced on to watercolor techniques. $20 per session. Materials provided for $5 more. Face masks are required, and social distancing practiced. Call 719-742-5756 for details, and please leave a message if there is no answer.

 

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, walk- ing shoes. Come once, once-in-a-while, or weekly.

 

Free 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 VPC in Walsenburg will be held Tuesday August 11, 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.

To be added to the sign-up sheet, please contact your Spanish Peaks Library at (719) 738-2774 to be added to the sign- up sheet. Space is limited.

 

Huerfano Republicans to meet in person and online August 11

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Republican committee will hold its August 11 meeting in person at 511 Main Street in Walsenburg (being COVID safe) and online using the Zoom videoconferencing software. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m.. To attend online, members should write to secretary@huerfanogop.org for the link. Now, more then ever, it is time to get involved for the sake of our nation.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market 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.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Mt. San Rafael Golf Tournament

TRINIDAD — It’s time for the Annual Mt. San Rafael Hospital Golf Tournament! Enjoy an amazing day of golf at our beautiful city course, all while playing for a great cause Friday, August 7, 10am Shotgun Start at Trinidad Municipal Golf Course.

For more information contact Kim Lucero at (719) 846-8053 or via email at klucero@msrhc.org.

 

Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — July Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street, is Friday,August 7. Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

 

Give your pet a day of their very own!

TRINIDAD — Do you have the cutest pet in the world? Of course you do! Show off your pet while supporting a great cause: reserve a special place for your pet in our 2021 Noah’s Ark Fundraising Pet Calendar!

Put your pet’s photo on our 2021 calendar! It’s super affordable and easy! Date spaces are only $20 each.

Sign up now because this deal ends Friday, August 7th! To reserve your pet’s calendar space order online here or visit our Noah’s Ark Thrift Store or call 719-846-8578 to order by phone.

All proceeds from calendar sales go to support the shelter animals and programs of Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association in Trinidad, Colorado. Thank you for your support!

 

ROAR Relay for Life car wash & bake sale

TRINIDAD — Help support the fight against cancer Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Corradino Auto Body & Radiator, 124 N. Maple Street. Get a car wash, fill your tummies with delicious bake sale treats and burritos (gluten free too), and bid on awesome silent auction items. Silent auction items can be viewed and bid on ahead of time on our facebook page: ROAR4RFL)!All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square August events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has a full slate of events for August.
.•Saturday, Aug. 8, American Legion Post 11 Membership Drive.

•Saturday, Aug. 15, 6 to 9 p.m. Open Mic

•Sunday Funday for Members only Sunday, Aug. 16 with live music food and drinks available.
•Saturday, Aug. 22, Harlan Ashe Project, 6 to 9 p.m.
•Saturday, Aug. 29, 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.

 

Free legal help at the Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — While the library is open for curbside service only, you can still sign up for free legal help. The next legal help day is Tuesday, Aug. 11, 3 to 4 p.m. Call 719-846-6841 to sign up. On the date and time of the event, the attorney will call you.

 

Youth football camp

TRINIDAD — Southern Colorado Family Center will be host- ing a free youth football camp with the support of Primero and Trinidad high football teams Saturday, Aug. 15 at Central Park. We will have two sessions from 8:30-10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m to 12 p.m. Only 20 spots are open per session. Pre registration is encouraged, or registration is at 8 a.m. that morning. To pre- register call/or text Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509 or email at juliemattorano@gmail.com. Donations welcome.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. Ka- nopy 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 curbside

AGUILAR — Aguilar Public Library, 146 W Main, is offering curbside service outside the building during normal business days and hours (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wed * 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm) for the com- munity and surrounding areas. If you are needing copies, a specific or audio book, DVD’s, or check out a Colorado State Park Backpack please call at 719-941-4426 or email aguilartownlibrary@gmail.com. We will gladly check them out, bag the items, then bring them outside to you. The staff will practice social distancing as well as wearing face- mask and gloves upon delivery.

 

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.carnegiepubliclibrary.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.

 

COLFAX

Raton GOP ribbon cutting & grand opening

RATON — Representative Jim Towsend, HD 54 House Minority Leader will be the keynote speaker today, Thursday, Aug. 6, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raton GOP headquarters, 100 2nd Street. Also in attendance will be US Representative CD3 candidate Alexis Johnson, State Senate SD8 candidate Melissa Fryzel, and State Representative HD67 Jack Chatfield have agreed to attend. A light dinner will be served.

 

Capulin Astronomy Nights

CAPULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights. The next date is Saturday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. Times vary by month, but all observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the Visitor Center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes.

 

Summer services at Johnson Mesa

JOHNSON MESA — The weekly worship services at Johnson Mesa will run through Au- gust 9. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m.. This Sunday, Aug. 9, Layspeaker Ned Ortiz- Methodist Church, Raton will speak. Attendees are encouraged to observe the Covid-19 guidelines of the CDC and our New Mexico governor.

The Annual Picnic will be held on August 16th, and will begin with a potluck dinner at noon, followed with the worship service and an afternoon of fellowship. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.

 

Raton Recycling Center

RATON — The Raton Regional Recycling Hub Facility, Armex Building, 420 East 4th Ave. will be open Wednesday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Accepted Materials: Corrugated card- board 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.

 

Colfax Rapid Response

RATON — Colfax County Rapid Response is a volunteer firefighting community based organization. Our next meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 13, 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 of each month at the Colfax County Courthouse at 7 p.m.. We are constantly looking for new volunteers.

 

22nd Annual International Tournament

RATON — The Annual International Golf Tournament will be held Friday to Sunday, Aug. 14 to 16 at Raton Country Club. Three person scramble, Stableford scoring. Entries accepted thru Aug. 12 so please sign up quickly as spots will fill up. Only 8 teams per flight

 

Drive-thru car show at MCMC LTC

RATON — The residents at MCMC Long-term Care, 900 S 6th St., have been cooped up for a very long time and would LOVE to have a drive-thru “car show” come by. Come on out, Saturday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and let’s put some smiles on those faces! Hit me up if you have any ideas, want to participate, want to cruise after…let’s give these seniors a day to re- member! Cars, motorcycles, whatever you got!

 

Kindergarten Round Up – Longfellow School

RATON — Bring your entering kinder student for meeting with teachers, initial assessments, snacks, and fun Wednesday, Aug. 19, or Thursday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longfellow School 700 E. 4th Street. For updates Follow our Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/577373326 316044/

 

Raton Regional Aquatic Center open

RATON — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation- Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open.

MONDAY-FRIDAY

6am-10:30am Laps swim/exercise
10:00 am-11:30 am Parent and Me Swim for patrons with swimmers 10 years and younger (Tues & Thurs ONLY)
1:30pm – 5:30pm OPEN SWIM
4:30pm – 7:30pm Laps swim/exercise

SATURDAY

8 am-11 am Laps swim/exercise SUNDAY-Closed

The Raton Regional Aquatic Center charges an admission fee to the facility not a swim fee. Admission fees apply to all patrons, regard- less of whether they are swimming or not. We cannot accept Credit or Debit Cards at this time. Call the Aquatic Center @ (575) 445-4271 for special pool accommodations, party reservations and pool rentals.

 

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.

Upcoming Events for week of July 30, 2020

throughout our world

Online 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/

•Canning Basics-Tuesday, August 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Discover the three main methods of preserving foods and learn the basics of each.

•Jams and Jellies-Tuesday, August 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Learn how to make jams and jellies and the role of pectin in gelling. Get hints and tips to get the right consistency.

•Water Bath Canning-Wednesday, August 19, 11 a.m. to1 p.m.. This workshop will cover steps of the water bath method for canning high acid fruits.

•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.

 

Long-term care Ombudsman service

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Under the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) every state is required to have an Ombudsman Program that addresses complaints and advocates for improvements in the long- term care system.

The Ombudsman program advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities, and other similar adult care facilities. Ombudsmen and work to resolve problems individual residents face and effect change at the local, state, and national levels to improve quality of care. Ombudsman responsibilities include:

• Educating residents, their family, and facility staff about residents’ rights and care;
• Providing technical support for the development of resident and family councils;

• Advocating for changes to improve residents’ quality of life and care;
• Providing information to the public regard- ing long-term care facilities and services, residents’ rights, and legislative/ policy issues;

• Representing resident interests before governmental agencies; and

• Seeking legal, administrative and other remedies to protect residents.

Ombudsman services for Huerfano and Las Animas counties are provided by the Area Agency on Agency, South Central Council of Governments. For questions or concerns contact Elizabeth Kelly at 719-859-5755 or email her at Ombudsman@sccog.net. For more information on the ombudsman program watch the youtube video listed here: https://youtu.be/6VRmetXQVEY

 

HUERFANO

Outdoor Coffee with Sandy White

LA VETA/WALSENBURG — Join Sandy for coffee today, Thursday, July 30, 9 – 10 a.m. at the Ryus Avenue Bakery, 129 W. Ryus, La Veta; Saturday, August 1, 9 – 10 a.m. Clubhouse Bar and Grill, Walsenburg Golf Course, 1399 C.R. 502; Monday, August 1, 9 – 10 a.m. at the H&H Café, 902 W. 7th, Walsenburg; or Saturday, August 8, 9– 10 a.m. at La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th, Walsenburg.

 

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 may be in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

FNB Trinidad school supply drive now through 7/31

WALSENBURG — Huerfano County school children need your help now more than ever! Although the future of local schools opening for the fall semester due to COVID-19 has yet to be determined, The Huerfano County Branch of The First National Bank in Trinidad is resolved to continue its efforts to support the youth in the community by holding its 20th annual “School Supply Drive.” Whether funds are used to assist students with needs at home or in school, the Bank is committed to providing resources for children in the area.

Mail or drop off your donation to The Huerfano County Branch at 135 West 6th Street, Walsenburg, Colorado 81089 by July 31st. First National will match the first $1,000 in donations! Cash donations are especially needed. Help The Huerfano County Branch of The First National Bank in Trinidad support Huerfano County Students as they build their own bright futures and donate cash for school supplies today! Visit www.fnbtrinidad.com or call 719-738-3594 to learn more.

 

Big Care and Share distribution on Friday, July 31

WALSENBURG — There will be a big Care and Share distribution on Friday, July 31 at 10:30 am at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg. If you need food, please come down to the center. Do NOT come before an hour before the event or you may be asked to come back during distribution times. Please respect the neighborhood and businesses. When you line up too early, it causes issues.

Gardner will do distribution the same day. La Veta distribution will be August 8.

 

Dance Jam every Friday

LA VETA — Come bust a move every Friday 11 a.m. at the La Veta Community Center. This is a fun cardio dance party celebrating many styles and decades! This group exercise is a collaboration between Two Peaks Fitness and dance instructor Ashley Vandagriff. Please pay in exact change at the door.

Two Peaks Fitness Members: $5 Non- members: $10 Questions lavetadancearts.ashley@yandex.com

 

Live music at La Plaza

WALSENBURG — Call to make reservations for dinner and music on the patio Friday, July 31, 6 to 9 p.m. when the Orphan Valley Singers perform at La Plaza Historic Hotel & Restaurant. Saturday, Aug. 1, 6 to 9 p.m. enjoy the music of Kurt Corsair (Cowboy & Singer- songwriter),

Call (719) 738-5700 and request your table on the patio. Music starts at 6 and ends at 9. ~PRIME RIB SPECIAL~ 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. $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.

 

2020 Gardner Chuckwagon canceled

GARDNER — The Gardner Chuckwagon regrets that the 78th Annual Chuckwagon dinner will not be taking place this Saturday. We would like to congratulate Hannah Cordova on receiving a scholarship to further her education. We are looking forward to continuing the Chuckwagon dinner tradition and awarding more scholarships next year.

 

Annual Photography Show reception at SPACe

LA VETA — Everyone is invited to take a look at the new showing of photography at the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus. A limited reception will be held this Saturday, Aug. 1, 5 – 7 p.m.. Awards will be presented to the winners of this judged show beginning at 5:30 p.m.. Only 10 persons at a time will be allowed in- side, face coverings are required, and social distancing will be observed. Over 50 photographers from throughout the United States were selected from a field of over 200 candidates in two categories: color and monochromatic. 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. SPACe is a nonprofit organization supported by members, donations, and 30% of sales of art.

 

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, or please follow current County/State guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

For more info: Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

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, Aug. 2, Rev. Eileen Ramsey will present a memorial service “Are We There Yet?” with special music by Eldaa Royer.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market 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.

 

Two Peaks Fitness senior group exercise

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness senior group exercise is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the La Veta Community Center:

• Yoga Stretch: Monday, Wednesday 9:15 a.m.

• Swiss Ball: Monday, Wednesday, 10 a.m.

• Senior Pilates/Fresh Start: Monday, Wednesday, 11 a.m.
• Hatha Yoga: Friday, 9 a.m.

These mild group exercise sessions will be held in compliance with current COVID-19 restrictions. Maximum of 10 participants, with social distancing required. You will be asked to wear a mask if physically possible. The community center and all equipment will be sanitized in accordance with Health Department regulations.

These activities are free to SilverSneakers, Renew Active, and Two Peaks Fitness members; $5 daily fee if you are not a member.

 

Huerfano 4-H COVID plans

HUERFANO COUNTY — Due to coronavirus restrictions, there will be no “open class” entries at the Huerfano County 4-H Fair this year. The fair is slated for August 5 – 9.

The fair board is in the process of planning the revised county fair. Further details concerning whether the fair will be open to the public and other details will be published when they are finalized.

For questions, call the Huerfano County Extension office at 719-738-3000, ext. 131.

 

17th Annual Stonewall Century Ride

LA VETA — Ride the Highway of Legends (Colorado State Highway 12) in the Stonewall Century Ride Saturday, August 8. Riders can go the entire 102 miles from La Veta to Segundo and back or turn around at any time! This ride is known for the homemade goodies at the aid stations and the friendly people in the area.

This is an annual fundraiser for the La Veta and Stonewall Fire Protection Districts. This ride is scenic, challenging, and delicious. For registration information, see www.spcycling.org or active.com.

Register online through Wednesday Au- gust 5 or during packet pickup August 7 at the La Veta Grandote Golf Course, or onsite Au- gust 8 at the Golf Course.

Music begins at noon. Everyone welcome! The Huerfano County Health Department has given us guidelines to make this ride safe.

 

Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) Free 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 VPC in Walsenburg will be held Tuesday August 11, 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 pro- vided.

To be added to the sign-up sheet, please contact your Spanish Peaks Library at (719) 738-2774 to be added to the sign-up sheet. Space is limited.

 

Summer Reading Program at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — Although the library is not open for patrons to come in, we are still having a summer reading program. Join Ms. Sherry online for a virtual “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program. You can begin by registering with READsquared. This program can be downloaded to your Android or iOS de- vice. Once you have it downloaded choose Spanish Peaks Library District. It can also be found online at spldco.READsquared.com. On READsquared you can log your reading and complete missions and other fun activities. Check our Facebook page at Spanish Peaks Library District or our website spld.org for more information. You can also email Ms. Sherry with questions, sherryspld@gmail.com.

 

La Veta Library now open

LA VETA — The La Veta Public Library re- opened this week. To maintain social distancing and for the safety of our staff and patrons, some of our services and policies have changed. For further details please call 719- 742-3572 or visit our website: www.lvpl.org .

Face masks are required to enter our facilities. (Masks not required for children under 3 and patrons with health issues. We are limited to 10 people at a time and visits are limited to 30 minutes. (Only two visits per day.)

Please maintain social distancing while browsing and at the customer service desks. The teen room will remain closed except to ac- cess books. Only one family group at a time allowed in the family room. Computer use is also limited to 30 minutes. The furniture has been arranged to maintain social distancing, please do not move the furniture.

Curbside service is available by appointment to our at risk patrons. Detailed information is available on the website.

 

Spanish Peaks Library curbside pickup

WALSENBURG — Curbside Pickup is now available at SPLD Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Place your holds ahead of time, send your print jobs via email, and library staff will package everything up and bring it outside.

Visit https://www.spld.org/about-us/curbsidepickup/ or call 719-738-2774 for more information.

 

LAS ANIMAS

FNB Trinidad school supply drive now through 7/31

TRINIDAD — Las Animas County school children need your help now more than ever! Al- though the future of local schools opening for the fall semester due to COVID-19 has yet to be determined, The First National Bank in Trinidad is resolved to continue its efforts to support the youth in the community by holding its 20th annual “School Supply Drive.” Whether funds are used to assist students with needs at home or in school, the Bank is committed to providing re- sources for children in the area.

Mail or drop off your donation to The First National Bank in Trinidad, Main Bank, Motor Bank or Wal-Mart Branch by Friday, July 31. The First National Bank will match the first $1,000 in donations! Help First National support Las Animas County Students as they build their own bright futures and donate cash for school supplies today! Visit www.fnbtrinidad.com or call 719-846-9881 to learn more.

 

Las Animas Fair youth livestock sale

TRINIDAD — Please come and support the youth of Las Animas County at the Livestock Market Sale Saturday, August 1 sponsored by the Las Animas County Fair. Registration starts at 12 p.m. and the sale begins at 2 p.m. in the Outdoor Pavilion at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds, 2200 N Linden Avenue.

 

PWP Bags & Brews monthly river cleanup

TRINIDAD — The next river cleanup will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.. Meet at Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association. Join us for a COVID-19 friendly, socially distanced river cleanup gathering on the Purgatoire River, followed by fun & drinks at Moose’s!

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square August events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has a full slate of events for August.
•Saturday, Aug. 1, Harlan Ashe Project, 6 to 9 p.m.
•Saturday, Aug. 8, American Legion Post 11 Membership Drive.

•Saturday, Aug. 15, 6 to 9 p.m. Open Mic

•Sunday Funday for Members only Sunday, Aug. 16 with live music food and drinks available.
•Saturday, Aug. 22, Harlan Ashe Project, 6 to 9 p.m.
•Saturday, Aug. 29, 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.

 

Big Care and Share distribution Aug. 4

TRINIDAD — There will be a Care & Share food distribution Tuesday, August 4 at 11 a.m. at Las Animas Fairgrounds. Do not come before an hour before the event or you may be asked to come back during distribution times. Please respect the neighborhood and businesses. When you line up too early, it causes issues. There is plenty of food for all.

 

Carnegie Library now open

TRINIDAD — Good news! We are back and open to the pub- lic starting this week. We are 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 9-10am, 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. Come see us or call and we’ll come out to you!

 

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 curbside service

AGUILAR — Aguilar Public Library, 146 W Main, is offering curbside service outside the building during normal business days and hours (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wed * 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm) for the community and surrounding areas. If you are needing copies, a specific or audio book, DVD’s, or check out a Colorado State Park Backpack please call at 719-941-4426 or email aguilartownlibrary@gmail.com. We will gladly check them out, bag the items, then bring them outside to you. The staff will practice social distancing as well as wearing facemask and gloves upon delivery.

 

Trinidad Community Center now open

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Community Center is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Saturday, CLOSED on Sundays. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the building at one time. No showers will be allowed. A 1.5 hour time limit will apply to all patrons, on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-in before entering and follow posted COVID-19 rules. A plan is being formulated to submit to the Las Animas County Health Department to open the Trinidad Aquatic Center.

 

Apishapa Heritage Center now open

AGUILAR — Apishapa Heritage Center located at 131 E. Main St. is opened for the summer Our summer hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Appointments are encouraged. contact information at :

apishapahistorical@gmail.com or 719-680-1393

 

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.carnegiepubliclibrary.org/virtualstorytime

 

Mt. Carmel Wellness free virtual classes continue including fun kid’s classes

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center brings you FREE virtual programs and classes to help you remain active and connected during this challenging time. These classes are available to anyone through the Zoom app. You can participate using your computer or smartphone.

See our weekly wellness schedule, followed by instructions to log-in on your computer or call-in from your phone. Get the schedule by signing up for the weekly email at: “Mt. Carmel of Colorado” ahamilton@mtcarmelcenter.org

Contact Laura at (719) 845-4894 with questions.

 

TSD #1 free summer lunch program

TRINIDAD — The free summer lunch program provides nutritious lunches for kids and teens all summer long. The free lunches will run through Friday, August 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eckhart Elementary School, 1021 Pierce Street. Due to the Covid 19, lunches will be curbside pickup. In bad weather you may pick up lunches in the cafeteria by the double doors where the benches are located. Kids and teens 18 & under eat free; adult Meals $3.75. For more info, call 845-2051or 846-3324

 

Mt. San Rafael Golf Tournament

TRINIDAD — It’s time for the Annual Mt. San Rafael Hospital Golf Tournament! Enjoy an amazing day of golf at our beautiful city course, all while playing for a great cause Friday, August 7, 10am Shotgun Start at Trinidad Municipal Golf Course.

Mt. San Rafael Hospital is raising much-needed funds for our Capital Campaign which is focused on our facility remodeling project. This Capital Improvement Project is the first major remodel of the facility since the hospital was built in 1972.

The Capital Improvement Project is a multi-phase expansion and modernization plan of approximately 31,000 square feet; replacing the majority of the patient care spaces at the hospital. A new wing of the hospital is being constructed and, once completed, the building will house:
•New Emergency Department
•New Imaging Center (Radiology)
•New Patient Care Unit (PCU)

Join us in supporting this worthy cause to improve and enhance healthcare for the citizens of Las Animas County. For more information or to confirm your sponsorship, please contact Kim Lucero, Director of Planning and Development, at (719) 846-8053 or via email at klucero@msrhc.org.

 

ROAR Relay for Life car wash & bake sale

TRINIDAD — Help support the fight against cancer Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Corradino Auto Body & Radiator, 124 N. Maple Street. Get a car wash, fill your tummies with delicious bake sale treats and burritos (gluten free too), and bid on awesome silent auction items. Silent auction items can be viewed and bid on ahead of time on our facebook page: ROAR4RFL)!

 

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. 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. Please 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 are homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Trinidad and Tuesday and Thursday in Aguilar.

In Aguilar, here will be a regular Care & Share distribution at 125 E. Main Street. This distribution is 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.

 

COLFAX

Old Pass Gallery -Call to Artists

RATON — The Old Pass Gallery will be accepting work for the Beauty Of The Southwest Show Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31, 12 to 4 p.m.. There is a $10 entry fee per piece or $5 for current RAHC members. The show will open to the public on Tuesday, August 4.

 

Summer services at Johnson Mesa

JOHNSON MESA — The weekly worship services at Johnson Mesa will run through August 9. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m.. This Sunday, Aug. 2, Layspeaker Ned Ortiz- Methodist Church, Raton will speak. Attendees are encouraged to ob- serve the Covid-19 guidelines of the CDC and our New Mexico governor.

The Annual Picnic will be held on August 16th, and will begin with a potluck dinner at noon, followed with the worship service and an afternoon of fellowship. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.

 

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 al- lowed in the store to meet social distancing guidelines. Thrift

store proceeds assist with our community projects sponsored by Elks Lodge #865.

 

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.

 

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

 

Moonlight hike at Capulin Volcano

CAPULIN — Take a ranger-guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full moon Saturday, August 1, 8 p.m.. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience Capulin Volcano in a new light! Reservations required. Call 575-278-2201 for information and reservations.

 

Raton Elks spaghetti lunch

RATON — Raton Elks Lodge #865 is hosting a drive-up spaghetti lunch Sunday, Aug. 2, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m at Elk’s Lodge, 300 S 2nd. Get a delicious “to go” lunch for $10 per meal with choice of Spaghetti, side salad, and garlic bread or a Chef Salad. Due to NM COVID restrictions, we are still closed and this is how we must do our fundraising. Your support will help us continue to support our community!

 

Drive-thru car show at MCMC LTC

RATON — The residents at MCMC Long-term Care, 900 S 6th St., have been cooped up for a very long time and would LOVE to have a drive-thru “car show” come by. Come on out, Saturday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and let’s put some smiles on those faces! Hit me up if you have any ideas, want to participate, want to cruise after…let’s give these seniors a day to remember! Cars, motorcycles, whatever you got!

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Colorado State Fair – COVID-19

PUEBLO — In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the Colorado State Fair Board of Authority today voted to modify activities during the 2020 State Fair, scheduled for August 28-September 7.

The Board did determine that a number of State Fair activities will move forward this summer with new guidelines in place. Activities being considered include the Junior Livestock Show and Sale, FFA Heifer Wrangle, Catch-a-Calf, 4-H Horse Show, 4-H Dog Show, 4-H Rocketry, and 4-H Static Exhibits as well as limited food and vendor booths, a limited carnival presence and virtual competitive exhibits. More information and details about activities taking place will be announced soon.

This is not the first time the Colorado State Fair has been modified due to extraordinary circumstances. In 1917, the State Fairground property was used as “Camp Carlson,” with the horse stables and open space serving as a training facility for the Army National Guard during World War I. Since April 22, 2020, the grounds have been operating as a drive-through COVID-19 testing site for Pueblo County. The State Fair’s rich history was recently highlighted in an episode of “Colorado Experience” on Rocky Mountain PBS.

“More than anything, the Colorado State Fair exists to serve the people of Colorado and beyond,” said General Man- ager Scott Stoller. “This mission can take on many forms. This year, it means managing smaller groups of people on the fair- ground property, maintaining social distancing, and providing it for use as a testing site. We are still working hard to honor the work our Colorado 4-H and FFA youth have invested in preparing for this year’s fair.”

Current FAQs related to this summer’s modified State Fair can be found here. Additionally, visit the Colorado State Fair website, Facebook page @colostatefair, or call 719-404-2080 for the latest updates and information.

Falcon Flash – The First on the 8th

 

by Jody Medina,

Head of School

GARDNER — Gardner Valley School invites you to join us for our first annual school beautification volunteer day on August 8th. We have outside projects for volunteers that want to work with clearing and beautifying the playgrounds and surrounding outside areas. We have inside projects for volunteers that are willing to work with a friend to paint, organize materials and wash windows. We even have take home projects for anyone who has skills that are better used at home, such as table saw work, refinishing and refurbishing. Please bring garden tools and other yard equipment for your use, if you can. We will provide sandwiches and beverages and lots of water. We will also have disposable masks, rubber gloves and hand sanitizer. We will begin our beautification projects at 8:00 a.m. If you have any questions, please call 719-746-2446. See you on the 1st!

Upcoming Events for week of July 23, 2020

throughout our world

Long-term care Ombudsman service

huErFAno/LAs AnIMAs CounTIEs — Under the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) every state is required to have an Ombudsman Program that addresses complaints and advocates for improvements in the long- term care system.

The Ombudsman program advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities, and other similar adult care facilities. Ombudsmen and work to resolve problems individual residents face and effect change at the local, state, and national levels to improve quality of care. Ombudsman responsibilities include:

• Educating residents, their family, and facility staff about residents’ rights and care;
• Providing technical support for the development of resident and family councils;

• Advocating for changes to improve residents’ quality of life and care;
• Providing information to the public regard- ing long-term care facilities and services, residents’ rights, and legislative/ policy issues;

• Representing resident interests before governmental agencies; and

• Seeking legal, administrative and other remedies to protect residents.

Ombudsman services for Huerfano and Las Animas counties are provided by the Area Agency on Agency, South Central Council of Governments. For questions or concerns con- tact Elizabeth Kelly at 719-859-5755 or email her at Ombudsman@sccog.net. For more information on the ombudsman program watch the youtube video listed here: https://youtu.be/6VRmetXQVEY

 

Peak to Peak Webinar

“Eco-Kashrut: Food, Jews, Justice”

our WorLD — Tonight, Thursday, July 23, 7 to 8 p.m. CU Boulder Peak to Peak services will present a free zoom webinar with Professor Samira Mehta. To register visit: https://www.colorado.edu/jewishstudies/p eak-peak and follow the link to the “Eco- Kashrut: Food, Jews, Justice”.

Samira Mehta is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies and of Jewish Studies. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersections between religion, culture, and gender, including the politics of family life and reproduction in the United States.

Samira Mehta, in conversation with Professor Elias Sacks, Director of the Program in Jewish Studies, will explore these emerging efforts to blend kosher practices, environmentalism, and ethics—often known as “eco-kashrut”—and consider ways in which many Jews are connecting not-necessarily- Jewish eating habits to their moral lives as Jews.

 

HUERFANO

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 may be in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

The Rifters hosted by Jim & Peggy Hoobler

LA VETA — Come enjoy an open air lawn con- cert Thursday, July 23. Bring your own beverage and lawn chair to 707 East Virginia Street. Tickets are $20 per person if you pay by July 22nd or $25 on day of concert. Must pay in ad- vance to PO Box 252, La Veta, CO, 81055. Call 719-742-5496 or 719-989-1530 for questions.

 

Dance Jam every Friday

LA VETA — Come bust a move every Friday 11 a.m. at the La Veta Community Center. This is a fun cardio dance party celebrating many styles and decades! This group exercise is a collaboration between Two Peaks Fitness and dance instructor Ashley Vandagriff. Please pay in exact change at the door.

Two Peaks Fitness Members: $5 Non- members: $10 Questions lavetadancearts.ashley@yandex.com

 

Rummage sale fundraiser

LA VETA — Christ the King Catholic Church is having another fundraiser rummage sale hosted by St. Ann’s Guild on Friday & Saturday, July 24 & 25, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Jane Butler ’s Art Dolls show reception at La Veta Gallery on Main

LA VETA — The La Veta Gallery on Main will be opening a new show of Mary Jane Butler’s Art Dolls, with a reception Friday, July 24, 5 to 7 p.m. held in conjunction with La Veta’s 4th Friday Art Walk. The show will run through August 25. There are new characters in Mary Jane’s popular Range Walker series and intriguing other new personalities as well. Mary Jane’s Art Dolls can be previewed on the Gallery’s website: lavetagalleryonmain.com

 

Davis estate auction

LA VETA — Stop by 311 N Main for the Dale and Rosemary Davis Estate Auction Saturday, July 25, 9:30 a.m.. Household, equipment, vehicles, and more will be auctioned off! Cash or good honorable check day of sale will be ac- cepted. All sales are final. For questions call Jim Hoobler Auction Company 719-989-1530.

 

La Plaza Inn live music

WALsEnburG — Karen Wilson is celebrating the entire month of July for her 10 year anniversary of owning an operating La Plaza Inn & Restaurant, 118 W 6th Street. Our July lunch special is Fish & Chips and we’re offer- ing 50% off on all appetizers and cocktails from 4-6 p.m. each day.

• Friday, July 24, 6 p.m. Kurt Corsair returns with a one man show (Cowboy & Singer-songwriter).
• Saturday, July 25, 6 p.m. enjoy the live music of KneeOn Sisters (Rock, Country, Blues).

 

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 per- son, 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.

 

La Veta Village food services

LA VETA —The next free food pickup for qualified individuals and families will be Saturday, July 25, 9 to 10 am at 109 E. Francisco. To re- serve a box and schedule a pick-up, please email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com or call (719) 247-1393. Please email/call before Wednesday 5pm. For more information visit: lavetavillage.org

 

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, or please follow cur- rent County/State guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

For more info: Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

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, July 26 Rev. Justin Tull will speak on “In Search of Community” with special music by Eldaa Royer.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market 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.

 

Two Peaks Fitness senior group exercise

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness senior group exercise is every Monday, Wednesday, and Fri- day at the La Veta Community Center:
• Yoga Stretch: Monday, Wednesday 9:15 a.m.

• Swiss Ball: Monday, Wednesday, 10 a.m.

• Senior Pilates/Fresh Start: Monday, Wednes- day, 11 a.m.
• Hatha Yoga: Friday, 9 a.m.

These mild group exercise sessions will be held in compliance with current COVID-19 restrictions. Maximum of 10 participants, with social distancing required. You will be asked to wear a mask if physically possible. The community center and all equipment will be sanitized in accordance with Health Department regulations.

These activities are free to SilverSneakers, Renew Active, and Two Peaks Fitness members; $5 daily fee if you are not a member.

 

La Veta athletics golf tourney, register by 7/27

WALsEnburG — Have a swinging good time at the La Veta Open Saturday, August 1 at the Walsenburg Golf Course. This is a 4 per- son, 18 hole Scramble with 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $75 per person. Register by Monday, July 27. Lunch is included.

 

$400 hole in one payout sponsored by H & H Services. Watercolor workshop at SPACe with Kathy Hill

LA VETA — Kathy Hill’s Watercolor Painting Workshop will be held Tuesday, July 28 9:30- 12:30. The fee is $35 with a $5 fee for materials payable to the instructor. Classes are held upstairs at the gallery in the park, 132 W. Ryus. Face coverings of your choice are to be worn, and we practice social distancing. We welcome questions, and can be reached at 719 742- 3074, or via email at spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com

 

SPACe Galler y Annual Photography show & reception

LA VETA — The annual Photography Show will run Tuesday, July 28 through Saturday, August 29 at SPACe Galler, 132 W. Ryus. The Photography Show is a juried show. The reception will be held Saturday, August 1, 5 to7 p.m.. SPACe Gallery weekly hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 719-742-3074 or visit spanishpbeakarts.org for more information.

 

Men’s Bible study group

WALsEnburG — New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, 801 Pennsylvania, invites any one interested in Bible study and fellowship to meet with others every Wednesdays, 6 p.m. at the church. All are welcome to this time of encouragement, friend- ship, and support regardless of church affiliation.

 

Daigre Reservoir trail maintenance

LA VETA — La Veta Trails are seeking volunteer stewards to work on the Daigre Reservoir Trail Thursday, July 30, 8:30-10:30 a.m.. The work will involve picking up litter and trimming branches using loppers or hand saws to clear the trail of growth. Bring water, wear sturdy shoes, wear eye protection, sunscreen and work gloves. We will social distance, but please wear a mask if you feel more comfortable. The minimum age requirement for this workday is 16, or younger with an ac- companying parent volunteer. NOTE: Because CO Parks and Wildlife will be joining us for this trail maintenance session you will not need a fishing or hunting license. Contact: Cindy Campbell, cindlcam868@gmail.com, or 719-890-0009.

 

FNB Trinidad school supply drive now through 7/31

WALsEnburG — Huerfano County school children need your help now more than ever! Although the future of local schools opening for the fall semester due to COVID-19 has yet to be determined, The Huerfano County Branch of The First National Bank in Trinidad is resolved to continue its efforts to support the youth in the community by holding its 20th annual “School Supply Drive.” Whether funds are used to assist students with needs at home or in school, the Bank is committed to providing resources for children in the area.

Mail or drop off your donation to The Huerfano County Branch at 135 West 6th Street, Walsenburg, Colorado 81089 by July 31st. First National will match the first $1,000 in donations! Cash donations are especially needed. Help The Huerfano County Branch of The First National Bank in Trinidad support Huerfano County Students as they build their own bright futures and donate cash for school supplies today! Visit www.fnbtrinidad.com or call 719-738-3594 to learn more.

 

Huerfano 4-H COVID plans

huErFAno CounTY — Due to coronavirus restrictions, there will be no “open class” en- tries at the Huerfano County 4-H Fair this year. The fair is slated for August 5 – 9.

The fair board is in the process of planning the revised county fair. Further details concerning whether the fair will be open to the public and other details will be published when they are finalized.

For questions, call the Huerfano County Extension office at 719-738-3000, ext. 131.

 

17th Annual Stonewall Century Ride

LA VETA — Ride the Highway of Legends (Colorado State Highway 12) in the Stonewall Century Ride Saturday, August 8. Riders can go the entire 102 miles from La Veta to Segundo and back or turn around at any time! This ride is known for the homemade goodies at the aid stations and the friendly people in the area.

This is an annual fundraiser for the La Veta and Stonewall Fire Protection Districts.

This ride is scenic, challenging, and delicious. For registration information, see www.spcycling.org or active.com.

Register online through Wednesday Au- gust 5 or during packet pickup August 7 at the La Veta Grandote Golf Course, or onsite August 8 at the Golf Course.

Music begins at noon. Everyone welcome! The Huerfano County Health Department has given us guidelines to make this ride safe.

 

Summer Reading Program at Spanish Peaks Library

WALsEnburG — Although the library is not open for patrons to come in, we are still having a summer reading program. Join Ms. Sherry online for a virtual “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program. You can begin by registering with READsquared. This program can be downloaded to your Android or iOS device. Once you have it downloaded choose Spanish Peaks Library District. It can also be found online at spldco.READsquared.com. On READsquared you can log your reading and complete missions and other fun activities. Check our Facebook page at Spanish Peaks Library District or our website spld.org for more information. You can also email Ms. Sherry with questions, sherryspld@gmail.com.

 

La Veta Library now open

LA VETA — The La Veta Public Library reopened this week. To maintain social distancing and for the safety of our staff and patrons, some of our services and policies have changed. For further details please call 719- 742-3572 or visit our website: www.lvpl.org .

Face masks are required to enter our facilities. (Masks not required for children under 3 and patrons with health issues. We are limited to 10 people at a time and visits are limited to 30 minutes. (Only two visits per day.)

Please maintain social distancing while browsing and at the customer service desks. The teen room will remain closed except to access books. Only one family group at a time allowed in the family room. Computer use is also limited to 30 minutes. The furniture has been arranged to maintain social distancing, please do not move the furniture.

Curbside service is available by appointment to our at risk patrons. Detailed information is available on the website.

 

Spanish Peaks Catholic Community new schedule

AGuILAr/ GArDnEr/ LA VETA/ WALsEnburG — The new Mass schedule is effective now. Face masks required, social distancing observed. Call 719-738-1204 if you are in doubt.

•st. Mary, our Lady of sorrows in Walsenburg: Sunday-10:30 a.m.; Mondays-No Mass; Fridays-8 a.m.
•st. Anthony of Padua in Aguilar: Sunday- 8 a.m.; Tuesday-9:30 a.m.

•Christ the King in La Veta: Sunday-12:30 a.m.; Wednesday-9 a.m.
•sacred heart in Gardner: Saturday-4 p.m.; Thursday-10 a.m..

Fr. Isaac’s day off is Monday. Funerals will be scheduled Tuesday – Friday only. Confession will be held on Saturdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at St. Mary Church. Appointments will be available Tuesday-Friday.

 

Spanish Peaks Library curbside pickup

WALsEnburG — Curbside Pickup is now available at SPLD Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Place your holds ahead of time, send your print jobs via email, and library staff will package everything up and bring it outside.

Visit https://www.spld.org/aboutus/curbsidepickup/ or call 719-738-2774 for more information.

 

LAS ANIMAS

First National needs cash and boxes for Back to School Supply Drive

TrInIDAD — The First National Bank in Trinidad is in need of additional cash donations for the school supply drive, and ALSO BOXES! We need nice, clean boxes that can close up or have a lid, medium to large size.

Please drop off any boxes or cash donations to the main bank lobby at 100 E. Main Street, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Fri- day, now through Monday, July 27. We plan to provide Internet connectivity for students who are in need who will be schooling from home as well, so your donations are greatly needed!

 

Carnegie Library now open

TrInIDAD — Good news! We are back and open to the public starting this week. We are 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 9-10am, 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. Come see us or call and we’ll come out to you!

 

New free video streaming service 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 pro- grams. 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!

 

Primero HS Cheerleaders fundraiser

TrInIDAD — Support your Primero High School Cheerleaders! During the month of July, Lee’s BBQ, 825 San Pedro, will donate $0.50 to the squad for every Big Brother ham- burger that is sold. This will help the squad pay for their uniforms and attend camp.

 

ROAR for Relay for Life bowling tournament

TrInIDAD — Roar for Relay for Life is having our 2nd annual 9 pin no tap tournament Saturday, July 25, 1 to 5 p.m. at Trinidad Lanes, 823 Van Buren Street. Entry is $15 a person for 3 games, shoes are free. must pay & register your team ahead of time.

 

Come bowl and fight back against cancer at the same time!

We are also having a dress-up contest so dress in the 1950s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s theme or your favorite rock star. Contact either Kendra Doherty 719-680-0693, 719-946-5510 or Sharon Vallejos 719-680-1249 for more information.

 

Aguilar Library curbside service

AGuILAr — Aguilar Public Library, 146 W Main, is offering curbside service outside the building during normal business days and hours (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wed * 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm) for the community and surrounding areas. If you are needing copies, a specific or audio book, DVD’s, or check out a Colorado State Park Backpack please call at 719-941-4426 or email aguilartownlibrary@gmail.com. We will gladly check them out, bag the items, then bring them outside to you. The staff will practice social distancing as well as wearing face-mask and gloves upon delivery.

 

Trinidad Community Center now open

TrInIDAD — The Trinidad Community Center is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Saturday, CLOSED on Sundays. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the building at one time. No showers will be allowed. A 1.5 hour time limit will apply to all patrons, on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-in before entering and follow posted COVID-19 rules. A plan is being formulated to submit to the Las Animas County Health Department to open the Trinidad Aquatic Center.

 

Apishapa Heritage Center now open

AGuILAr — Apishapa Heritage Center located at 131 E. Main St. is opened for the summer Our summer hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Appointments are encouraged. contact information at: apishipahistorical@gmail.com or 719-680-1393

 

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.carnegiepubliclibrary.org/virtualstorytime

 

Mt. Carmel Wellness free virtual classes continue including fun kid’s classes

TrInIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center brings you FREE virtual pro- grams and classes to help you remain active and connected during this challenging time. These classes are available to anyone through the Zoom app. You can participate using your computer or smartphone.

See our weekly wellness schedule, followed by instructions to log-in on your computer or call-in from your phone. Get the schedule by signing up for the weekly email at: “Mt. Carmel of Colorado” ahamilton@mtcarmelcenter.org

Contact Laura at (719) 845-4894 with questions.

 

FNB Trinidad school supply drive

TrInIDAD — Las Animas County school children need your help now more than ever! Al- though the future of local schools opening for the fall semester due to COVID-19 has yet to be determined, The First National Bank in Trinidad is resolved to continue its efforts to support the youth in the community by holding its 20th annual “School Supply Drive.” Whether funds are used to assist students with needs at home or in school, the Bank is committed to providing re- sources for children in the area.

Mail or drop off your donation to The First National Bank in Trinidad, Main Bank, Motor Bank or Wal-Mart Branch by Friday, July 31. The First National Bank will match the first $1,000 in donations!

Help First National support Las Animas County Students as they build their own bright futures and donate cash for school supplies today! Visit www.fnbtrinidad.com or call 719- 846-9881 to learn more.

 

Las Animas Fair youth livestock and market sale

TrInIDAD — Please come and support the youth of Las Animas County at the Livestock Market Sale Saturday, August 1 sponsored by the Las Animas County Fair. Registration starts at 12 p.m. and the sale begins at 2 p.m. in the Outdoor Pavilion at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds, 2200 N Linden Avenue.

 

PWP Bags & Brews monthly river cleanup

TrInIDAD — The next river cleanup will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.. Meet at Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association. Join us for a COVID-19 friendly, socially distanced river cleanup gathering on the Purgatoire River, fol- lowed by fun & drinks at Moose’s!

 

TSD #1 free summer lunch program

TrInIDAD — The free summer lunch pro- gram provides nutritious lunches for kids and teens all summer long. The free lunches will run through Friday, August 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eckhart Elementary School, 1021 Pierce Street. Due to the Covid 19, lunches will be curbside pickup. In bad weather you may pick up lunches in the cafeteria by the double doors where the benches are located. Kids and teens 18 & under eat free; adult Meals $3.75. For more info, call 845-2051or 846-3324

 

ROAR Relay for Life car wash and bake sale

TrInIDAD — Help support the fight against cancer Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Corradino Auto Body & Radiator, 124 N. Maple Street. Get a car wash, fill your tummies with delicious bake sale treats and burritos (gluten free too), and bid on awesome silent auction items. Silent auction items can be viewed and bid on ahead of time on our facebook page: ROAR4RFL)!

Support our mission in the fight against cancer and celebrating more birthdays! All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

 

SCCOG senior services, 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. Please 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 are homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Trinidad and Tuesday and Thursday in Aguilar.

There will be a regular Care & Share distribution at 125 E. Main Street. This distribution is 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.

 

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, July 23, 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 held Friday, July 24, 9 a.m. until supplies are gone at the City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street. Starting earlier at 9 a.m. this month due to the hotter weather! Everyone is welcome.

 

Capulin astronomy nights

CAPuLIn — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights at Capulin Volcano National Monument, 46 Volcano Rd. The next astronomy night will be Saturday, July 25, 8 p.m. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. All observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the visitor center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes.

 

Summer services at Johnson Mesa

Johnson MEsA — The weekly worship services at Johnson Mesa will run through August 9. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m.. This Sunday, July 26, Pastor Lisa Jo Bezner, Methodist Church of Raton will speak. Attendees are encouraged to observe the Covid-19 guidelines of the CDC and our New Mexico governor.

The Annual Picnic will be held on August 16th, and will begin with a potluck dinner at noon, followed with the worship service and an afternoon of fellowship. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Moonlight Hike at Capulin Volcano

CAPuLIn — Take a ranger-guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full moon Saturday, August 1, 8 p.m.. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience Capulin Volcano in a new light! Reservations required. Call 575-278-2201 for information and reservations.

 

Raton Elks spaghetti lunch

rATon — Raton Elks Lodge #865 is hosting a drive-up spaghetti lunch Sunday, Aug. 2, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m at Elk’s Lodge, 300 S 2nd. Get a delicious “to go” lunch for $10 per meal with choice of Spaghetti, side salad, and garlic bread or a Chef Salad. Due to NM COVID restrictions, we are still closed and this is how we must do our fundraising. Your support will help us continue to support our community!

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Colorado State Fair – COVID-19 modifications

PuEbLo — In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the Colorado State Fair Board of Authority today voted to modify activities during the 2020 State Fair, scheduled for August 28-September 7.

The Board did determine that a number of State Fair activities will move forward this summer with new guidelines in place. Activities being considered include the Junior Livestock Show and Sale, FFA Heifer Wrangle, Catch-a-Calf, 4-H Horse Show, 4-H Dog Show, 4-H Rocketry, and 4-H Static Exhibits as well as limited food and vendor booths, a limited carnival presence and virtual competitive exhibits. More information and details about activities taking place will be announced soon.

This is not the first time the Colorado State Fair has been modified due to extraordinary circumstances. In 1917, the State Fairground property was used as “Camp Carlson,” with the horse stables and open space serving as a training facility for the Army National Guard during World War I. Since April 22, 2020, the grounds have been operating as a drive-through COVID-19 testing site for Pueblo County. The State Fair’s rich history was recently highlighted in an episode of “Colorado Experience” on Rocky Mountain PBS.

“More than anything, the Colorado State Fair exists to serve the people of Colorado and beyond,” said General Man- ager Scott Stoller. “This mission can take on many forms. This year, it means managing smaller groups of people on the fairground property, maintaining social distancing, and providing it for use as a testing site. We are still working hard to honor the work our Colorado 4-H and FFA youth have invested in preparing for this year’s fair.”

Current FAQs related to this summer’s modified State Fair can be found here. Additionally, visit the Colorado State Fair website, Facebook page @colostatefair, or call 719-404-2080 for the latest updates and information.

Upcoming Events for week of July 16, 2020

throughout our world

Long-term care Ombudsman service

hueRFANO/LAs ANIMAs COuNTIes — Under the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) every state is required to have an Ombudsman Program that addresses complaints and advocates for improvements in the long-term care system.

The Ombudsman program advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities, and other similar adult care facilities. Ombudsmen and work to resolve problems individual residents face and effect change at the local, state, and national levels to improve quality of care. Ombudsman responsibilities include:

• Educating residents, their family, and facility staff about residents’ rights and care;
• Providing technical support for the development of resident and family councils;

• Advocating for changes to improve residents’ quality of life and care;
• Providing information to the public regard- ing long-term care facilities and services, residents’ rights, and legislative/ policy issues; • Representing resident interests before governmental agencies; and

• Seeking legal, administrative and other remedies to protect residents.

Ombudsman services for Huerfano and Las Animas counties are provided by the Area Agency on Agency, South Central Council of Governments. For questions or concerns con- tact Elizabeth Kelly at 719-859-5755 or email her at Ombudsman@sccog.net. For more in- formation on the ombudsman program watch the youtube video listed here: https://youtu.be/6VRmetXQVEY

 

HUERFANO

Help Museum of Friends win a grant, respond today!

hueRFANO COuNTY — Colorado Humanities is offering grants to community organizations that promote humanities in their area through the CH CARES social media challenge. We are excited to use our collective power to spread the word about the incredible work MoF is doing in the public humanities. The contest will be measured by MoF’s engagement numbers on the CH Cares Facebook page. We have posted the MoF video to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cohumanities/videos/198418831566385

Community members need to like (and hopefully) share the MoF video by Thursday, July 16. The Colorado Humanities staff will monitor your community’s engagement and react to their posts.

 

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 may be in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Huerfano Dems meet tonight

hueRFANO COuNTY — We are having our July central committee meeting Thursday, July 16, 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 on the horizon! 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.com .

 

School Nature Trail maintenance

LA VeTA — La Veta Trails invites volunteer stewards to work on the alley connecting Pop- lar St. and the School Nature Trail on Friday, July 17, 8:30-10:30 a.m.. Meet at the corner of Birch and E. Garland. The work will involve picking up litter, removing a pile of branches, removing barbed wire, and trimming a tree. Bring water, wear sturdy shoes, wear eye protection, sunscreen, and work gloves. We will social distance, but please wear a mask if you feel more comfortable. The minimum age requirement for this workday is 16, (or younger with an accompanying parent volunteer). Con- tact: Cindy Campbell, cindlcam868@gmail.com, or 719-890-0009.

 

La Plaza Inn celebrates 10th anniversary

WALseNBuRg — Karen Wilson is celebrating the entire month of July for her 10 year anniversary of owning an operating La Plaza Inn & Restaurant, 118 W 6th Street.

Our new July lunch special is Fish & Chips and we’re offering 50% off on all appetizers and cocktails from 4-6 p.m. each day. The July entertainment schedule is awesome!

• Friday, July, 17, 6 p.m. there will be live music by Kurt Corsair & Apache Creek Fiddlers (Americana).
• July 10, 6 p.m. enjoy the live music of The Ordinary Two (Jazz, Vocal Harmonies)

• July 18, 7 p.m. laugh with the stand-up comedy of Allan Goodwin. Tickets are $5 for pre-sale, $10 at the door.
• July 24, 6 p.m. Kurt Corsair returns with a one man show (Cowboy & Singer-songwriter).

• July 25, 6 p.m. enjoy the live music of KneeOn Sisters (Rock, Country, Blues).

 

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, 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.

 

Street party, Two Peaks Fitness

LA VeTA – There will be a Street Party on the sidewalk at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St., Saturday July 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Join us with social distancing for our reopening celebration after being closed for two months. Our very own Richard Simmons lookalike will be our special guest as we demonstrate and taste protein shakes, energy bars, and compete in a hula-hoop contest. Come see all the great activities we have in store for both kids and adults! 719-742-3555.

 

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, or please follow cur- rent County/State guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

For more info: Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

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, July19 Rev. Jim Tucker will preach about “Learning to Wait” with special music by Eldaa Royer.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market 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.

 

Two Peaks Fitness senior group exercise

LA VeTA — Two Peaks Fitness senior group exercise is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the La Veta Community Center:
• Yoga Stretch: Monday, Wednesday 9:15 a.m. • Swiss Ball: Monday, Wednesday, 10 a.m.

• Senior Pilates/Fresh Start: Monday, Wednesday, 11 a.m.
• Hatha Yoga: Friday, 9 a.m.

These mild group exercise sessions will be held in compliance with current COVID-19 restrictions. Maximum of 10 participants, with social distancing required. You will be asked to wear a mask if physically possible. The community center and all equipment will be sanitized in accordance with Health Department regulations.

These activities are free to SilverSneakers, Renew Active, and Two Peaks Fitness members; $5 daily fee if you are not a member.

 

Watercolor workshop at SPACe with Kathy Hill

LA VeTA — Kathy Hill’s Watercolor Painting Workshop will be held Tuesdays, July 21, and 28 at 9:30-12:30. The fee is $35 with a $5 fee for materials payable to the instructor. Classes are held upstairs at the gallery in the park, 132 W. Ryus. Face coverings of your choice are to be worn, and we practice social distancing. We welcome questions, and can be reached at 719 742-3074, or via email at spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com

 

Men’s Bible study group

WALseNBuRg — New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, 801 Pennsylvania, invites any men interested in Bible study and fellowship to meet with others beginning Wednesday, July 22, 6 p.m.. All are welcome to this lay led time of encouragement, friend- ship, and support regardless of church affiliation.

 

The Rifters Hosted by Jim & Peggy Hoobler

LA VeTA — Come enjoy an open air lawn concert Thursday, July 23. Bring your own beverage and lawn chair to 707 East Virginia Street. Tickets are $20 per person if you pay by July 22nd or $25 on day of concert. Must pay in advance to PO Box 252, La Veta, CO, 81055. Call 719-742-5496 or 719-989-1530 for questions.

 

Jane Butler ’s Art Dolls show-reception at La Veta Gallery on Main

LA VeTA — There will be an opening reception for Mary Jane Butler’s Art Dolls show Friday, July 24, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at La Veta Gallery on Main. Takeaway snacks provided! Show runs through August 25. For more information visit: www.lavetagalleryonmain.com

 

Davis Estate Auction

LA VeTA — Stop by 311 N Main for the Dale and Rosemary Davis Estate Auction Saturday, July 25, 9:30 a.m.. Household, equipment, vehicles, and more will be auctioned off! Cash or good honorable check day of sale will be ac- cepted. All sales are final. For questions call Jim Hoobler Auction Company 719-989-1530.

 

Western Rendezvous show ends July 25 at SPACe

LA VeTA — SPACe will be opening an Esty store for access to purchasing artwork online. The SPACe website also provides images of artwork in the show. The SPACe Gallery in the Park is located at 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, Colorado and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm. The artwork for 2020 Western Rendezvous show will be displayed until July 25.

 

La Veta athletics golf tourney, register by 7/27

WALseNBuRg — Have a swinging good time at the La Veta Open Saturday, August 1 at the Walsenburg Golf Course. This is a 4 per- son, 18 hole Scramble with 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $75 per person. Register by Monday, July 27. Lunch is included. $400 hole in one payout sponsored by H & H Services.

 

FNB Trinidad school supply drive now through 7/31

WALseNBuRg — Huerfano County school children need your help now more than ever! Although the future of local schools opening

for the fall semester due to COVID-19 has yet to be determined, The Huerfano County Branch of The First National Bank in Trinidad is resolved to continue its efforts to support the youth in the community by holding its 20th annual “School Supply Drive.” Whether funds are used to assist students with needs at home or in school, the Bank is committed to providing resources for children in the area.

Mail or drop off your donation to The Huerfano County Branch at 135 West 6th Street, Walsenburg, Colorado 81089 by July 31st. First National will match the first $1,000 in donations! Help The Huerfano County Branch of The First National Bank in Trinidad support Huerfano County Students as they build their own bright futures and donate cash for school supplies today! Visit www.fnbtrinidad.com or call 719-738-3594 to learn more.

 

Summer Reading Program at Spanish Peaks Library

WALseNBuRg — Although the library is not open for patrons to come in, we are still having a summer reading program. Join Ms. Sherry online for a virtual “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program. You can begin by registering with READsquared. This program can be downloaded to your Android or iOS device. Once you have it downloaded choose Spanish Peaks Library District. It can also be found online at spldco.READsquared.com. On READsquared you can log your reading and complete missions and other fun activities. Check our Facebook page at Spanish Peaks Library District or our website spld.org for more information. You can also email Ms. Sherry with questions, sherryspld@gmail.com.

 

La Veta Library now open

LA VeTA — The La Veta Public Library re- opened this week. To maintain social distancing and for the safety of our staff and patrons, some of our services and policies have changed. For further details please call 719- 742-3572 or visit our website: www.lvpl.org .

Face masks are required to enter our facilities. (Masks not required for children under 3 and patrons with health issues. We are limited to 10 people at a time and visits are limited to 30 minutes. (Only two visits per day.)

Please maintain social distancing while browsing and at the customer service desks. The teen room will remain closed except to ac- cess books. Only one family group at a time allowed in the family room. Computer use is also limited to 30 minutes. The furniture has been arranged to maintain social distancing, please do not move the furniture.

Curbside service is available by appointment to our at risk patrons. Detailed information is available on the website.

 

Spanish Peaks Catholic Community new schedule

AguILAR/ gARDNeR/ LA VeTA/ WAL- seNBuRg — The new Mass schedule is effective now. Face masks required, social distancing observed. Call 719-738-1204 if you are in doubt.

•st. Mary, Our Lady of sorrows in Walsenburg: Sunday-10:30 a.m.; Mondays-No Mass; Fridays-8 a.m.
•st. Anthony of Padua in Aguilar: Sunday- 8 a.m.; Tuesday-9:30 a.m.

•Christ the King in La Veta: Sunday-12:30 a.m.; Wednesday-9 a.m.
•sacred heart in gardner: Saturday-4 p.m.; Thursday-10 a.m..

Fr. Isaac’s day off is Monday. Funerals will be scheduled Tuesday – Friday only. Confession will be held on Saturdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at St. Mary Church. Appointments will be available Tuesday-Friday.

 

Lathrop swim beach open

WALseNBuRg — Great news, our swim beach is now open with appropriate social distancing precautions. #socialdistancing #summerfun #besafe

 

Spanish Peaks Library curbside pickup

WALseNBuRg — Curbside Pickup is now available at SPLD Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Place your holds ahead of time, send your print jobs via email, and library staff will package everything up and bring it outside.

Visit https://www.spld.org/aboutus/curbsidepickup/ or call 719-738-2774 for more information.

 

Huerfano 4-H COVID plans

hueRFANO COuNTY — Due to coronavirus restrictions, there will be no “open class” entries at the Huerfano County 4-H Fair this year. The fair is slated for August 5 – 9.

The fair board is in the process of planning the revised county fair. Further details concerning whether the fair will be open to the public and other details will be published when they are finalized.

For questions, call the Huerfano County Extension office at 719-738-3000, ext. 131.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Carnegie Library now open

TRINIDAD — Good news! We are back and open to the pub- lic starting this week. We are 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 9-10am, 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. Come see us or call and we’ll come out to you!

 

New free video streaming service 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 Net- flix, 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!

 

Primero HS Cheerleaders fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Support your Primero High School Cheer- leaders! During the month of July, Lee’s BBQ, 825 San Pedro, will donate $0.50 to the squad for every Big Brother hamburger that is sold. This will help the squad pay for their uni- forms and attend camp.

 

Care and Share food distribution

TRINIDAD — The next Care and Share food distribution will be held Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m. at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds. the 10 to 11:30 time slot is for seniors only. 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. is for everyone.

 

ROAR for Relay for Life bowling tournament

TRINIDAD — Roar for Relay for Life is having our 2nd annual 9 pin no tap tournament Saturday, July 25, 1 to 5 p.m. at Trinidad Lanes, 823 Van Buren Street. Entry is $15 a person for 3 games, shoes are free. must pay & register your team ahead of time.

Come bowl and fight back against cancer at the same time! We are also having a dress-up contest so dress in the 1950s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s theme or your favorite rock star. Contact either Kendra Doherty 719-680-0693, 719-946-5510 or Sharon Vallejos 719-680-1249 for more information.

 

Aguilar Library curbside service

AguILAR — Aguilar Public Library, 146 W Main, is offering curbside service outside the building during normal business days and hours (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wed * 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm) for the community and surrounding areas. If you are needing copies, a specific or audio book, DVD’s, or check out a Colorado State Park Backpack please call at 719-941-4426 or email aguilartownlibrary@gmail.com. We will gladly check them out, bag the items, then bring them outside to you. The staff will practice social distancing as well as wearing face mask and gloves upon delivery.

 

Trinidad Community Center now open

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Community Center is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Saturday, CLOSED on Sundays. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the building at one time. No showers will be allowed. A 1.5 hour time limit will apply to all patrons, on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-in before entering and follow posted COVID-19 rules. A plan is being formulated to submit to the Las Animas County Health Department to open the Trinidad Aquatic Center.

 

Colorado Welcome Center is open

TRINIDAD — The Colorado Welcome Center will be reopen- ing this week. We will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues-Sat.

 

Apishapa Heritage Center now open

AguILAR — Apishapa Heritage Center located at 131 E. Main St. is opened for the summer Our summer hours will be 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Appointments are encouraged. Contact information at:

apishapahistorical@gmail.com or 719-680-1393

 

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

 

Mt. Carmel wellness free virtual classes continue including fun kid’s classes

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center brings you FREE virtual programs and classes to help you remain active and connected during this challenging time. These classes are available to anyone through the Zoom app. You can participate using your computer or smartphone.

See our weekly wellness schedule, followed by instructions to log-in on your computer or call-in from your phone. Get the schedule by signing up for the weekly email at: “Mt. Carmel of Colorado” ahamilton@mtcarmelcenter.org

Contact Laura at (719) 845-4894 with questions.

 

FNB Trinidad school supply drive

TRINIDAD — Las Animas County school children need your help now more than ever! Although the future of local schools opening for the fall semester due to COVID-19 has yet to be determined, The First National Bank in Trinidad is resolved to continue its efforts to support the youth in the community by holding its 20th annual “School Supply Drive.” Whether funds are used to assist students with needs at home or in school, the Bank is committed to providing resources for children in the area.

Mail or drop off your donation to The First National Bank in Trinidad, Main Bank, Motor Bank or Wal-Mart Branch by Friday, July 31. The First National Bank will match the first $1,000 in do- nations!

Help First National support Las Animas County Students as they build their own bright futures and donate cash for school supplies today! Visit www.fnbtrinidad.com or call 719-846-9881 to learn more.

 

Las Animas Fair youth livestock and market sale

TRINIDAD — Please come and support the youth of Las Animas County at the Livestock Market Sale Saturday, August 1 sponsored by the Las Animas County Fair. Registration starts at 12 p.m. and the sale begins at 2 p.m. in the Outdoor Pavilion at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds, 2200 N Linden Avenue.

 

Tire removal service

LAs ANIMAs COuNTY — If you have piles of tires to be re- moved or know of tires abandoned that need removal, call the Las Animas-Huerfano Counties district health department at 719-846-2213. We have a waste tire removal program.

 

TSD #1 free summer lunch program

TRINIDAD — The free summer lunch program provides nutritious lunches for kids and teens all summer long. The free lunches will run through Friday, August 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eckhart Elementary School, 1021 Pierce Street. Due to the Covid 19, lunches will be curbside pickup. In bad weather you may pick up lunches in the cafeteria by the double doors where the benches are located. Kids and teens 18 & under eat free; adult Meals $3.75. For more info, call 845-2051or 846-3324

 

SCCOG senior services, 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. Please 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 are homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Trinidad and Tuesday and Thursday in Aguilar.

There will be a regular Care & Share distribution at 125 E. Main Street. This distribution is 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.

 

COLFAX

MCMC online trustees board meeting

RATON — Notice is hereby given that Miners Colfax Medical Center Board of Trustees will be holding its regular meeting Friday, July 17, 1 p.m.. This event will be live streamed here on facebook

 

Capulin astronomy nights

CAPuLIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights at Capulin Volcano National Monument, 46 Volcano Rd. The next astronomy night will be Saturday, July 18, 8 p.m. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. All observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the visitor center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes.

 

Summer services at Johnson Mesa

JOhNsON MesA — The weekly worship services at Johnson Mesa will run through August 9. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m.. This Sunday, July 19 Pastor Ed Buerkle of Calvary Baptist Church in Raton, NM will speak. Attendees are encouraged to observe the Covid-19 guidelines of the CDC and our New Mexico governor.

The Annual Picnic will be held on August 16th, and will begin with a potluck dinner at noon, followed with the worship service and an afternoon of fellowship. Musicians are en- couraged to bring their instruments.

 

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 al- lowed in the store to meet social distancing guidelines. Thrift store proceeds assist with our community projects sponsored by Elks Lodge #865.

 

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 fol- low 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.

 

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 arti- sans & 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

Upcoming Events for week of July 9, 2020

throughout our world

On line workshop “COVID survival strategies for restaurant owners”

OUR WORLD — Presenter, Eric Turner, consultant for Restaurant Consulting Services, Inc., Denver, will provide an information- filled 40-minute presentation Monday, July 13, 2 pm. For more than 30 years and in 15 coun- tries, Eric has developed top performing teams in cities, resorts, mountains, and remote islands.

The workshop topics include:

•R.E.A.C.T—a deep dive into the top 5 things to do now
•30 Survival Strategies — overview and handout
•Sample Profit and Loss — use when updating yours – handout
•Prime Cost – How to make money in your restaurant – handout

This Online workshop is free, however, RSVPs are required for the Zoom information and the handouts. Attendance is limited. Register now at bit.ly/socosbdcrestaurants, call 719-549-3245 or email southernco@col- oradosbdc.org

This opportunity is sponsored by Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center, the City of Pueblo, Pueblo Business Economic Recovery Team (BERT), and Pueblo Community College https://restaurantconsultingservices.com/

 

Long-term care Ombudsman service

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Under the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) every state is required to have an Ombudsman Program that addresses complaints and advocates for improvements in the long-term care system.

The Ombudsman program advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities, and other similar adult care facilities. Ombudsmen and work to resolve problems individual residents face and effect change at the local, state, and national levels to improve quality of care. Ombudsman responsibilities include:

• Educating residents, their family, and facility staff about residents’ rights and good care practices;
• Ensuring residents have regular and timely access to ombudsman services;

• Providing technical support for the development of resident and family councils;
• Advocating for changes to improve residents’ quality of life and care;

• Providing information to the public regard- ing long-term care facilities and services, residents’ rights, and legislative and policy issues;

• Representing resident interests before governmental agencies; and
• Seeking legal, administrative and other remedies to protect residents.

Ombudsman services for Huerfano and Las Animas counties are provided by the Area Agency on Agency, South Central Council of Governments. For questions or concerns con- tact Elizabeth Kelly at 719-859-5755 or email her at Ombudsman@sccog.net. For more in- formation on the ombudsman program watch the youtube video listed here: https://youtu.be/6VRmetXQVEY

 

HUERFANO

Summer Reading Program atSpanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — Although the library is not open for patrons to come in, we are still having a summer reading program. Join Ms. Sherry online for a virtual “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program. You can begin by registering with READsquared. This program can be downloaded to your Android or iOS device. Once you have it downloaded choose Spanish Peaks Library District. It can also be found online at spldco.READsquared.com. On READsquared you can log your reading and complete missions and other fun activities. Check our Facebook page at Spanish Peaks Library District or our website spld.org for more information. You can also email Ms. Sherry with questions, sherryspld@gmail.com.

 

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 may be in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

La Veta Village garage sale

LA VETA — Every Saturday July 11- 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.

 

La Plaza Inn celebrates 10th anniversary

WALSENBURG — Karen Wilson is celebrating the entire month of July for her 10 year anniversary of owning an operating La Plaza Inn & Restaurant, 118 W 6th Street.

Our new July lunch special is Fish & Chips and we’re offering 50% off on all appetizers and cocktails from 4-6 p.m. each day. The July entertainment schedule is awesome!

• July, 11, and 17, 6 p.m. there will be live music by Kurt Corsair & Apache Creek Fiddlers (Americana).
• July 10, 6 p.m. enjoy the live music of The Ordinary Two (Jazz, Vocal Harmonies)

• July 18, 7 p.m. laugh with the stand-up comedy of Allan Goodwin. Tickets are $5 for pre-sale, $10 at the door.
• July 24, 6 p.m. Kurt Corsair returns with a one man show (Cowboy & Singer-songwriter).

• July 25, 6 p.m. enjoy the live music of KneeOn Sisters (Rock, Country, Blues).

 

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, or please follow cur- rent County/State guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

For more info: Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Spanish Peaks Catholic Community new schedule

AGUILAR/ GARDNER/ LA VETA/ WALSENBURG — The new Mass schedule is effective now. Face masks required, social distancing observed. Call 719-738-1204 if you are in doubt.

•St. Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows in Walsenburg: Sunday-10:30 a.m.; Mondays-No Mass; Fridays-8 a.m.
•St. Anthony of Padua in Aguilar: Sunday- 8 a.m.; Tuesday-9:30 a.m.

•Christ the King in La Veta: Sunday-12:30 a.m.; Wednesday-9 a.m.
•Sacred Heart in Gardner: Saturday-4 p.m.; Thursday-10 a.m..

Fr. Isaac’s day off is Monday. Funerals will be scheduled Tuesday – Friday only. Confession will be held on Saturdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at St. Mary Church. Appointments will be available Tuesday-Friday.

 

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, July 12 Rev. Dennis Schurter will speak on “Name Calling” with special music by Tom Munch.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market 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.

 

Water Conservancy District Board meeting

HUERFANO — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held remotely by GoTo Meeting on Monday, July 13, 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 meet- ing from computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/137495 869; Or dial in using your phone: (571) 317- 3112 Access Code: 137-495-869

 

Watercolor workshop at SPACe with Kathy Hill

LA VETA — Kathy Hill’s Watercolor Painting Workshop will be held Tuesdays, July 14, 21, and 28 at 9:30-12:30. The fee is $35 with a $5 fee for materials payable to the instructor. Classes are held upstairs at the gallery in the park. Face coverings of your choice are to be worn, and we practice social distancing. We welcome questions, and can be reached at 719 742-3074, or via email at spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com

 

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, July 14, 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.

 

Huerfano Republicans meet

WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Republican Party is gearing up for a very busy election season and WE NEED YOU now more than ever. If you don’t think the very thread of American vitality is hanging in the wings, you’ve not been paying attention to what is going on across the nation and the world. Sometimes, this can be overwhelming, but we need to pinpoint what we can do at the local level. VOTING is imperative. So please join us on Tuesday, July 14 at Republican headquarters at 511 Main Street or remotely via ZOOM. We will be having a guest speaker going over a very controversial topic, National Popular Vote, which will be on the November ballot. Dennis Lennox, Campaign Manager for Conservatives for Yes on National Popular Vote will be at that location at 5:30 pm to make a presentation and take questions. This is for anyone who would like to attend. Our regular meeting begins at 6 pm in person or remotely.

 

American Legion Post 16 meeting

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg American Legion Post 16 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16, will meet Wednesday, July 15, 6 p.m. at the Huerfano Community Bible Church, 603 Leon Ave.. 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: future meetings and locations, membership, and current events affecting the Legion. All Veterans and their spouses are invited to attend. For further information, contact the Post Commander, Gary Baldwin at 719-738-2801.

 

Help Museum of Friends win a grant!

HUERFANO COUNTY — Colorado Humanities is offering grants to community organizations that promote humanities in their area through the CH CARES social media challenge. We are excited to use our collective power to spread the word about the incredible work MoF is doing in the public humanities.

The contest will be measured by MoF’s engagement numbers on the CH Cares Facebook page. We have posted the MoF video to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cohumanities/videos/198418831566385

Community members need to like (and hopefully) share the MoF video by Thursday, July 16. The Colorado Humanities staff will monitor your community’s engagement and react to their posts.

 

Sidewalk party at Two Peaks Fitness

LA VETA – There will be a Street Party on the sidewalk at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St., Saturday July 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Join us with social distancing for our reopening celebration after being closed for two months. Our very own Richard Simmons lookalike will be our special guest as we demonstrate and taste protein shakes, energy bars, and compete in a hula-hoop contest. Come see all the great activities we have in store for both kids and adults! 719-742-3555.

 

SPACe announcements

LA VETA — SPACe will be opening an Esty store for access to purchasing artwork online. The SPACe website also provides images of artwork in the show. The SPACe Gallery in the Park is located at 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, Col- orado and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm. The artwork for 2020 Western Rendezvous show will be displayed until July 25.

 

Redskin Open

WALSENBURG — Have a swinging good time at the Redskin Open Saturday, August 1 at the Walsenburg Golf Course. This is a 4 per- son, 18 hole Scramble with 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $75 per person. Register by Monday, July 27. Lunch is included. $400 hole in one payout sponsored by H & H Services.

 

Lathrop swim beach open

WALSENBURG — Great news, our swim beach is now open with appropriate social distancing precautions. #socialdistancing #summerfun #besafe

 

Spanish Peaks Library curbside pickup

WALSENBURG — Curbside Pickup is now available at SPLD Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Place your holds ahead of time, send your print jobs via email, and library staff will package everything up and bring it outside.

Visit https://www.spld.org/aboutus/curbsidepickup/ or call 719-738-2774 for more information.

 

Tire removal service

HUERFANO COUNTY — If you have piles of tires to be removed or know of tires abandoned that need removal, call the Las Animas-Huerfano Counties district health department at 719-846-2213 and ask about their waste tire removal program.

 

Diapers and formula available through FEMA

HUERFANO COUNTY — Are you in need of diapers or formula during these uncertain times? We may be able to help. We received a shipment from FEMA of diapers, baby wipes and formula for Las Animas and Huerfano County. No income guidelines or paperwork to complete. We currently have a limited supply of: Size 1 and Size 3 diapers, Size 4/5T Pull- Ups, Overnight Pull Ups (37# to 60#), Baby wipes and Formula, (Similac and Similac Sensitive).

For more info call Huerfano Family Re- source Center (719) 738-2378.

 

Huerfano 4-H COVID plans

HUERFANO COUNTY — Due to coronavirus restrictions, there will be no “open class” en- tries at the Huerfano County 4-H Fair this year. The fair is slated for August 5 – 9.

The fair board is in the process of planning the revised county fair. Further details concerning whether the fair will be open to the public and other details will be published when they are finalized.

For questions, call the Huerfano County Extension office at 719-738-3000, ext. 131.

 

La Veta Village food services

LA VETA — La Veta Village has two programs to help with food needs during Covid-19 alerts. If you are 60 or older or high-risk, safety-trained volunteers will shop at Charlie’s with your grocery list and deliver to your home. This service is available to anyone in the 81055 zip code or in Navajo Ranch. Contact Jonathan at 719-357-7633 or email: lvvfoodservices@gmail.com.

Also, La Veta Village offers a free food pick-up for persons who qualify by income level or because of unemployment. Please register for a box by Wednesday at 5 pm for a pick-up the following Saturday. Email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com or call Rebecca 719-746-2329.

If you would like to volunteer, call 719-746-2329. To donate, go to lavetavillage.org

 

SCCOG Senior Services

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Agency on Aging coordinates food distribution in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties and is provided through South Central Council of Governments. All Agency on Aging programs are for residents 60 years or older, assessments and reservations required. Please make reservations/cancellations one day in advance. Call 719-738-1182 or 719-738-2205 for assessments, reservations, and questions.

Take out lunch meals are provided in Walsenburg Monday through Friday at the Huerfano County Community Center. Also available, homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Walsenburg and Tuesday and Friday in La Veta.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — July Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street, is Friday, July 10, Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11-4:30.

 

Primero HS Cheerleaders fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Support your Primero High School Cheer- leaders! During the month of July, Lee’s BBQ, 825 San Pedro, will donate $0.50 to the squad for every Big Brother ham- burger that is sold. This will help the squad pay for their uni- forms and attend camp.

 

Socially distanced backyard comedy in Trinidad

TRINIDAD — We may need to stay six feet apart, and avoid confined spaces, but that doesn’t mean live stand-up comedy cannot live on. Join us in Wally Wallace’s backyard, 400 W Kansas Ave, Saturday, July 11, 7 to 9 p.m. for socially distanced stand-up comedy performances from Sam Tallent and friends. This is a private show at a private residence, and there is a maximum capacity of 50 guests. This show will likely sell out so get your tickets before they’re gone!

Known for whip-quick wit and rollicking improvisations, Sam Tallent is one of the sharpest, most original rising talents in comedy today. For the last 10 years, he has performed at least 45 weekends annually across America, Canada and France. Called “the absurd voice of a surreal generation” by the Denver Post, Sam is beloved by fans of contemporary comedy. He was a New Face at the 2019 Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, he won his battle on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, hosted the Denver episode of VICELAND’s Flophouse and appeared on the Chris Gerhard Show to impress a girl. His writing has been published on VICE.com. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Running the Light, was published by Too Big to Fail Press in 2020. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife and his dog.

Sponsored by Bigtop Studios, Trinidad’s Higher CBD & Oxygen Bar, Startek Mobile Windshield Repair, Fox Theatre Walsenburg and Crafted in Colorado.

Tickets available at https://www.facebook.com/events/274899890384621/

 

Virtual Philosophy Café at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Monday, July 13 5 p.m., the library will host our monthly Philosophy Café to discuss a very famous work by Plato, known as the cave allegory. You may have heard of this one before, maybe from a high school class. If you haven’t heard of it, or to refresh your memory, there are many resources available introducing and discussing Plato’s cave. Here is a link to a YouTube video presenting a translation of the cave allegory, narrated by Orson Welles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2afuTvUzBQ&t=308s

Reserve your spot for our next Virtual Philosophy Café by following this link to our website and clicking the green ‘register’ button under Philosophy Café: https://www.carnegiepubliclibrary.org/virtualstorytime. You will receive an email confirmation and a link to join.

 

TSJC $500 scholarship drawing

TRINIDAD — TSJC students must register by Monday, July 13 for a chance at a $500 scholarship! There is no fee or entry form to participate in this drawing. All students who meet the eligibility guidelines will automatically be entered. One student winner will be selected at random from students meeting eligibility guidelines by the college. For details visit: https://trinidadstate.edu/scholarships/early.html

 

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, July 14, 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.

 

ROAR for Relay for Life bowling tournament

TRINIDAD — Roar for Relay for Life is having our 2nd annual 9 pin no tap tournament Saturday, July 25, 1 to 5 p.m. at Trinidad Lanes, 823 Van Buren Street. Entry is $15 a person for 3 games, shoes are free. must pay & register your team ahead of time.

Come bowl and fight back against cancer at the same time! We are also having a dress-up contest so dress in the 1950s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s theme or your favorite rock star. Contact either Kendra Doherty 719-680-0693, 719-946-5510 or Sharon Vallejos 719-680-1249 for more information.

 

Aguilar Library curbside service

AGUILAR — Aguilar Public Library, 146 W Main, is offering curbside service outside the building during normal business days and hours (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wed * 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm) for the community and surrounding areas. If you are needing copies, a specific or audio book, DVD’s, or check out a Colorado State Park Backpack please call at 719-941-4426 or email aguilartownlibrary@gmail.com. We will gladly check them out, bag the items, then bring them outside to you. The staff will practice social distancing as well as wearing facemask and gloves upon delivery.

 

Trinidad Community Center now open

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Community Center is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Saturday, CLOSED on Sundays. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the building at one time. No showers will be allowed. A 1.5 hour time limit will apply to all patrons, on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-in before entering and follow posted COVID-19 rules. A plan is being formulated to submit to the Las Animas County Health Department to open the Trinidad Aquatic Center.

 

Colorado Welcome Center is open

TRINIDAD — The Colorado Welcome Center will be reopening this week. We will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues-Sat.

 

Apishapa Heritage Center now open

AGUILAR — Apishapa Heritage Center located at 131 E. Main St. is opened for the summer Our summer hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Appointments are encouraged. contact information at: apishipahistorical@gmail.com or 719-680-1393

 

Sunday food pantry in Segundo

SEGUNDO — For those in need during this crisis situation, we invite you to come visit our food pantry on Sundays, 11 a.m. until noon at The Lord’s Chapel Segundo.

 

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.carnegiepubliclibrary.org/virtualstorytime

 

Mt. Carmel wellness free virtual classes continue including fun kid’s classes

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center brings you FREE virtual programs and classes to help you remain active and connected during this challenging time. These classes are available to anyone through the Zoom app. You can participate using your computer or smartphone.

See our weekly wellness schedule, followed by instructions to log-in on your computer or call-in from your phone. Get the schedule by signing up for the weekly email at: “Mt. Carmel of Colorado” ahamilton@mtcarmelcenter.org

Contact Laura at (719) 845-4894 with questions.

 

Tire removal service

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — If you have piles of tires to be removed or know of tires abandoned that need removal, call the Las Animas-Huerfano Counties district health department at 719-846-2213. We have a waste tire removal program.

 

Diapers, formula available from FEMA

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Are you in need of diapers or formula during these uncertain times? We may be able to help. We received a shipment from FEMA of diapers, baby wipes and formula for Las Animas and Huerfano County. No in- come guidelines or paperwork to complete. We currently have a limited supply of: Size 1 and Size 3 diapers, Size 4/5T Pull-Ups, Overnight Pull Ups (37# to 60#), Baby wipes and Formula, (Similac and Similac Sensitive).

For more information and to schedule a pick up, please call: Las Animas County: Huerfano-Las Animas Counties Early Childhood Council – (719) 845-0463.

 

TSD #1 free summer lunch program

TRINIDAD — The free summer lunch program provides nutritious lunches for kids and teens all summer long. The free lunches will run through Friday, August 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eckhart Elementary School, 1021 Pierce Street. Due to the Covid 19, lunches will be curbside pickup. In bad weather you may pick up lunches in the cafeteria by the double doors where the benches are located. Kids and teens 18 & under eat free; adult Meals $3.75. For more info, call 845-2051or 846-3324

 

SCCOG senior services, 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. Please 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 are homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Trinidad and Tuesday and Thursday in Aguilar.

There will be a regular Care & Share distribution at 125 . Main Street. This distribution is for Aguilar/Ludlow area residents only (proof of residency required). Every Thursday, 0 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be an emergency food distribution or those in dire need.

For all distributions, please do not show up too early, ring a pen, and stay in your vehicle. Please wear a mask.

 

COLFAX

Colfax Relay for Life fundraiser.

RATON — The 2020 Relay for Life fundraiser will be held Friday, July 10, 5 to 10 p.m. at Heritage Park, S. 1st Street. We will practice social distancing and masks are encouraged. People can walk through the luminaria display or drive by when they are lit. Please follow state guidelines when walking in small groups.

Relay for Life luminarias are on sale, $5 per luminaria or 6 for a Josh Trujillo decorated one. Please return luminaria o your seller by July 10. We will have them available to purchase for the first hour at relay. They can be purchased at First National Bank, Raton Police Department, Liz Tafoya, Mercy wanson, Sharon Bernal, Joana Apodoca, and Judy Phelps in Springer. For more information call 505-288-2929.

 

Capulin astronomy nights

APULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights at Capulin Volcano National Monument, 46 Volcano Rd. The next astronomy night will be Saturday, July 11, 7 p.m. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. All observing will be done in he outdoor classroom area West of the visitor center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes.

 

Summer services at Johnson Mesa

OHNSON MESA — The weekly worship services at Johnson Mesa will run through August 9. Services will be eld at 2:30 p.m.. This Sunday, July 12 Florence Higgins, Lay speaker from Methodist Church of Raton, NM will speak. Attendees are encouraged to observe the Covid-19 guidelines of the CDC and our New Mexico governor.
The Annual Picnic will be held on August 16th, and will begin with a potluck dinner at noon, followed with the worship service and an afternoon of fellowship. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.

 

Elk’s Thrift Store opens

ATON — 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.

 

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.

 

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

Upcoming Events for week of July 2, 2020

HUERFANO

Fox Theatre Walsenburg final design plans are here! Cast your vote!

WaLsenBURg — The final design plans have arrived from the team at the CU Denver School of Architecture & Planning. Go to https://foxtheatrewalsenburg.org/cu-denver-design-plans-2 to see the final plans.

When reviewing the presentation, videos, and images, focus on these questions:

1. What programs would you like to see? 2. How should we use the theatre?
3. What kind of space helps facilitate those program ideas?

4. What is your big dream for this community resource?

The flooring, paint colors, materials, and other finishes are temporary examples. No decisions have been made on how the theatre should look (retro, modern, chic, etc). After viewing the designs go to fill out the survey and your opinion will be counted!

 

Lathrop swim beach open

WaLsenBURg — Great news, our swim beach is now open with appropriate social distancing precautions. #socialdistancing #summerfun #besafe

 

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 may be in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

La Plaza Inn celebrates 10th anniversary

WaLsenBURg — Karen Wilson is celebrating the entire month of July for her 10 year anniversary of owning an operating La Plaza Inn & Restaurant, 118 W 6th Street.

Our new July lunch special is Fish & Chips and we’re offering 50% off on all appetizers and cocktails from 4-6 p.m. each day. The July entertainment schedule is awesome!

• July 2 and 3, 6 p.m. we have live music featuring Amy Coffman (Americana).
• July 4, 11, and 17, 6 p.m. there will be live music by Kurt Corsair & Apache Creek Fiddlers (Americana).
• July 10, 6 p.m. enjoy the live music of The Ordinary Two (Jazz, Vocal Harmonies) • July 18, 7 p.m. laugh with the stand-up comedy of Allan Goodwin. Tickets are $5 for pre-sale, $10 at the door.
• July 24, 6 p.m. Kurt Corsair returns with a one man show (Cowboy & Singer-songwriter). • July 25, 6 p.m. enjoy the live music of KneeOn Sisters (Rock, Country, Blues).

 

Art and craft sale fundraiser

WaLsenBURg — Huerfano Community Bible Church at 601 Leon (behind the Carquest Auto Parts Store) is hosting an arts and crafts sale on Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will aid in support of the Cambodian Community Children’s Home in Phnom Phen. Come purchase something unique and help a worthy cause.

 

Spanish Peaks Library curbside pickup

WaLsenBURg — Curbside Pickup is now available at SPLD Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Place your holds ahead of time, send your print jobs via email, and library staff will package everything up and bring it outside.

Visit https://www.spld.org/about- us/curbsidepickup/ or call 719-738-2774 for more information.

 

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, or please follow current County/State guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

For more info: Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

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, July 5, join us as Rev. Don Pike gives the message “Loving Your Neighbor Isn’t Optional” and enjoy special music by Eldaa Royer.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market 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.

 

SPACe announcements

La Veta — SPACe will be opening an Esty store for access to purchasing artwork online. The SPACe website also provides images of artwork in the show. The SPACe Gallery in the Park is located at 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, Col- orado and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm. The artwork for 2020 Western Rendezvous show will be displayed until July 25.

 

Class of 1965 reunion canceled

WaLsenBURg — The 1965, 55th Class Reunion is canceled due to the uncertainly of the COVID-19 virus. We have classmates flying in who thought it best not to subject the town and people at this time to the potential infection. We are looking forward to rescheduling for next summer.

 

Pandemic financial assistance for families of kids grades K-12

hUeRFanO — Huerfano Re-1 school district has announced a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) called Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer or P-EBT for short.

This program will provide financial assistance to families of children grades K-12 eligible for free or reduced-price school meals who have lost access to food due to the school closures caused by COVID-19.

The financial assistance will be distributed to eligible families on new or existing Colorado EBT cards. The average P-EBT benefit is $5.70/child per day or up to $279 per eligible child, retroactive to when school closed.

Huerfano School District Re-1 participates in the National School Lunch Program under the Community Eligible Provision, which pro- vides free lunches to all students, meaning all Huerfano RE-1 students grades K-12 may be eligible for P-EBT.

If your family is already participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and possesses an EBT card, the P-EBT benefits will automatically be loaded onto your card within the month of June 2020. If your family is not currently enrolled in SNAP benefits, you must complete an application to receive P-EBT.

Receiving these benefits will not affect your immigration or public charge status. All families who are eligible for P-EBT may receive it, regardless of immigration status. P-EBT is a pandemic emergency benefit based on free or reduced-price school meal eligibility, and similar to other benefits that the Department Homeland Security has stated that it is ex- cluded from consideration in public charge. Household information that is used to determine eligibility is protected under both federal and state data privacy practices.

To successfully complete the P-EBT application, you will need your child(ren)’s State Assigned Student ID (SASID) number. Upon approval, an EBT card with the qualifying amount will be mailed to you.

To access the P-EBT application visit: https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/p-ebt.

For more information about P-EBT, please visit Colorado Department of Human Services’ Frequently Asked Questions https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/pebt. For more info, email pebt2020@state.co.us and a representative will respond.

For more information, contact Tara Burke at tburke@huerfano.k12.co.us or 719-695-0095 to obtain the required SASID information.

 

La Veta Schools food boxes

La Veta — The La Veta Schools will be distributing food boxes through the summer. If you are not already signed up and have a child or children ages 0-18 and need a food box, please contact the central office. 710-742-6417.

 

Watercolor workshop at SPACe with Kathy Hill

La Veta — Kathy Hill’s Watercolor Painting Workshop will be held Tuesdays, July 14, 21, and 28 at 9:30-12:30. The fee is $35 with a $5 fee for materials payable to the instructor. Classes are held upstairs at the gallery in the park. Face coverings of your choice are to be worn, and we practice social distancing. We welcome questions, and can be reached at 719 742-3074, or via email at spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com

 

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, July 14, 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.

 

Huerfano Republicans meet

WaLsenBURg — Huerfano County Republican Party is gearing up for a very busy election season and WE NEED YOU now more than ever. If you don’t think the very thread of American vitality is hanging in the wings, you’ve not been paying attention to what is going on across the nation and the world. Sometimes, this can be overwhelming, but we need to pinpoint what we can do at the local level. VOTING is imperative. So please join us on Tuesday, July 14 at Republican head- quarters at 511 Main Street or remotely via ZOOM. We will be having a guest speaker going over a very controversial topic, National Popular Vote, which will be on the November ballot. Dennis Lennox, Campaign Manager for Conservatives for Yes on National Popular Vote will be at that location at 5:30 pm to make a presentation and take questions. This is for anyone who would like to attend. Our regular meeting begins at 6 pm in person or remotely.

 

Tire removal service

hUeRFanO COUntY — If you have piles of tires to be removed or know of tires abandoned that need removal, call the Las Animas-Huerfano Counties district health department at 719-846-2213 and ask about their waste tire removal program.

 

Diapers and formula available through FEMA

hUeRFanO COUntY — Are you in need of diapers or formula during these uncertain times? We may be able to help. We received a shipment from FEMA of diapers, baby wipes and formula for Las Animas and Huerfano County. No income guidelines or paperwork to complete. We currently have a limited supply of: Size 1 and Size 3 diapers, Size 4/5T Pull- Ups, Overnight Pull Ups (37# to 60#), Baby wipes and Formula, (Similac and Similac Sensitive).

For more info call Huerfano Family Re- source Center (719) 738-2378.

 

Huerfano 4-H COVID plans

hUeRFanO COUntY — Due to coronavirus restrictions, there will be no “open class” entries at the Huerfano County 4-H Fair this year. The fair is slated for August 5 – 9.

The fair board is in the process of planning the revised county fair. Further details concerning whether the fair will be open to the public and other details will be published when they are finalized.

For questions, call the Huerfano County Extension office at 719-738-3000, ext. 131.

 

Redskin Open

WaLsenBURg — Have a swinging good time at the Redskin Open Saturday, August 1 at the Walsenburg Golf Course. This is a 4 per- son, 18 hole Scramble with 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $75 per person. Register by Monday, July 27. Lunch is included. $400 hole in one payout sponsored by H & H Services.

 

La Veta Village food services

La Veta — La Veta Village has two programs to help with food needs during Covid-19 alerts. If you are 60 or older or high-risk, safety-trained volunteers will shop at Charlie’s with your grocery list and deliver to your home. This service is available to anyone in the 81055 zip code or in Navajo Ranch. Con- tact Jonathan at 719-357-7633 or email: lvvfoodservices@gmail.com.

Also, La Veta Village offers a free food pick-up for persons who qualify by income level or because of unemployment. Please register for a box by Wednesday at 5 pm for a pick-up the following Saturday. Email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com or call Rebecca 719-746-2329.

If you would like to volunteer, call 719- 746-2329. To donate, go to lavetavillage.org

 

Book Nook book delivery

La Veta — The Book Nook is happy to announce that the County Health Department has approved book delivery service for La Veta and Cuchara locals. For five dollars you will receive three books of your choice in genre, author, etc. If you are friends with the Book Nook on Facebook, simply leave a message with your information and preferred method of payment. We now have a PayPal account to make secure online payments, or you can leave cash or a check made out to Friend of La Veta Library on your front porch. The books will be wiped down, placed in a new paper bag, and delivered to your doorstep.

 

La Veta Public Library curbside service

La Veta — La Veta Public Library (LVPL) would like to offer curbside service for our patrons during social distancing requirements. Patrons will reserve library materials online via our catalog, or by calling in. Library staff will retrieve the materials, bag them, label them with the patron’s name, and place the bag on a table setup between the library’s Main Street porches, at the edge of the public sidewalk. Patrons will collect their materials from this table. There will be two times each day when reserved materials will be ready for pickup: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Any unclaimed materials will be brought back into the library building at 4 p.m. The service will run Monday through Friday.

 

SCCOG Senior Services, Care & Share

hUeRFanO COUntY — The Agency on Aging coordinates food distribution in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties and is provided through South Central Council of Governments. All Agency on Aging programs are for residents 60 years or older, assessments and reservations required. Please make reservations/cancellations one day in advance. Call 719-738-1182 or 719-738-2205 for assessments, reservations, and questions.

Take out lunch meals are provided in Walsenburg Monday through Friday at the Huerfano County Community Center. Also available, homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Walsenburg and Tuesday and Friday in La Veta.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Network Council email sharing send info today!

tRiniDaD — With social distancing guide- lines still in place, we will gather information again this month via email instead of meeting in person.

1. Please send your flyers and/or write ups to us by today, Thursday July 2, and I’ll work to get them back out to all shortly in the email template below.

2. We hope you like the email format that we used last month and will use again this month. Please let us know if you have ideas to help it be organized in a relevant and helpful manner to share information with one another.

 

Trinidad High School graduation

tRiniDaD — The Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony will be held Friday, July 3, 7 p.m. at the Trinidad High School Football Field. All graduates will be on the field and will be able to invite two spectators to be in the stands. All social distancing rules will be followed. The graduation will be streamed live on YouTube for those who are not able to attend. Please check the website: tsd1.org for the link. Congratulations to the class of 2020!

 

Aguilar Library curbside service

agUiLaR — Aguilar Public Library, 146 W Main, is offering curbside service outside the building during normal business days and hours (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wed * 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm) for the community and surrounding areas. If you are needing copies, a specific or audio book, DVD’s, or check out a Colorado State Park Backpack please call at 719-941-4426 or email aguilartownlibrary@gmail.com. We will gladly check them out, bag the items, then bring them outside to you. The staff will practice social distancing as well as wearing facemask and gloves upon delivery.

 

Independence Day Flag Waving

tRiniDaD — Bring a flag and join us at Exit 23/Hoehne Rd/N as we wave “Old Glory” in celebration of our Independence on July 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m.. The flag waving event is hosted by Las Animas County Republicans.

 

Canvas & Conversation

tRiniDaD — Join us for Virtual Canvas & Conversation Monday, July 6, 6-8 pm, $15 per person. This class is hosted by Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center

Meet new friends, relax and socialize while taking an art lesson. Canvas & paints included. Register below: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckdOrqTojHNBvmqyF6rs0pFUYkh2ps6KI

You will receive a Zoom Confirmation Email that includes your link to join upon registration. You will be contacted to arrange for payment upon registration.

 

Trinidad Community Center now open

tRiniDaD — The Trinidad Community Center is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Saturday, CLOSED on Sundays. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the building at one time. No showers will be allowed. A 1.5 hour time limit will apply to all patrons, on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-in before entering and follow posted COVID-19 rules. A plan is being formulated to submit to the Las Animas County Health Department to open the Trinidad Aquatic Center.

 

Colorado Welcome Center is open

tRiniDaD — The Colorado Welcome Center will be reopen- ing this week. We will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues-Sat.

 

Apishapa Heritage Center now open

agUiLaR — Apishapa Heritage Center located at 131 E. Main St. is opened for the summer.  Our summer hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Appointments are encouraged. contact information at: apishipahistorical@gmail.com or 719-680-1393

 

Sunday food pantry in Segundo

segUnDO — For those in need during this crisis situation, we invite you to come visit our food pantry on Sundays, 11 a.m. until noon at The Lord’s Chapel Segundo.

 

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.carnegiepubliclibrary.org/virtualstorytime

 

Senior Day at Books & More

tRiniDaD — Because of the holiday weekend our Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street, has been moved to Friday, July 10, Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11-4:30.

 

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, July 14, 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.

 

Mt. Carmel wellness free virtual classes continue including fun kid’s classes

tRiniDaD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center brings you FREE virtual programs and classes to help you remain active and connected during this challenging time. These classes are available to anyone through the Zoom app. You can participate using your computer or smartphone.

See our weekly wellness schedule, followed by instructions to log-in on your computer or call-in from your phone. Get the schedule by signing up for the weekly email at: “Mt. Carmel of Colorado” ahamilton@mtcarmelcenter.org

Contact Laura at (719) 845-4894 with questions.

 

Tire removal service

Las aniMas COUntY — If you have piles of tires to be removed or know of tires abandoned that need removal, call the Las Animas-Huerfano Counties district health department at 719-846-2213. We have a waste tire removal program.

 

Diapers, formula available from FEMA

Las aniMas COUntY — Are you in need of diapers or formula during these uncertain times? We may be able to help. We received a shipment from FEMA of diapers, baby wipes and formula for Las Animas and Huerfano County. No in- come guidelines or paperwork to complete. We currently have a limited supply of: Size 1 and Size 3 diapers, Size 4/5T Pull- Ups, Overnight Pull Ups (37# to 60#), Baby wipes and Formula, (Similac and Similac Sensitive).

For more information and to schedule a pick up, please call: Las Animas County: Huerfano-Las Animas Counties Early Childhood Council – (719) 845-0463.

 

TSD #1 free summer lunch program

tRiniDaD — The free summer lunch program provides nutritious lunches for kids and teens all summer long. The free lunches will run through Friday, August 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eckhart Elementary School, 1021 Pierce Street. Due to the Covid 19, lunches will be curbside pickup. In bad weather you may pick up lunches in the cafeteria by the double doors where the benches are located. Kids and teens 18 & under eat free; adult Meals $3.75. For more info, call 845-2051or 846-3324

 

SCCOG senior services, 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. Please 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 are homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Trinidad and Tuesday and Thursday in Aguilar.

There will be a regular Care & Share distribution at 125 E. Main Street. This distribution is 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.

 

COLFAX

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 al- lowed in the store to meet social distancing guidelines. Thrift store proceeds assist with our community projects sponsored by Elks Lodge #865.

 

Luna college holiday

spRingeR — Luna Community College in Las Vegas and its campuses in Mora, Santa Rosa, and Springer will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. The college will resume its regular hours on Monday, July 6.

 

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.

 

Raton Elks drive-up pancake breakfast

RatOn — Pancakes on the 4th of July are a tradition in Raton. The Raton Elks Lodge, 300 S 2nd, will help our community stay with tradition this year. Please join us for a drive up pan- cake breakfast on Saturday, July 4, 8 to 10 a.m! $6 per plate includes 2 pancakes, 2 sausage patties, and choice of toppings. Just drive up and we will deliver fresh hot pancakes to your care. Enter the alley gong north off Apache ave. Drive right up to the back of the lodge and exit right onto Rio Grande Ave.

 

Hungry Hearts lunch serving 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.

 

Moonlight Hike ~ Capulin Volcano

CapULin — Take a ranger-guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full moon Saturday, July 4, 8 p.m.. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience Capulin Volcano in a new light! Reservations required. Call 575-278-2201 for information and reservations.

 

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 arti- sans & 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

 

Summer services at Johnson Mesa

JOhnsOn Mesa — The weekly worship services at Johnson Mesa will run through August 9. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m.. This Sunday, July 5 the speaker will be Albert Hronich, Lay Speaker from Methodist Church in Cimarron, NM. Attendees are encouraged to observe the Covid-19 guidelines of the CDC and our New Mexico governor.

The Annual Picnic will be held on August 16th, and will begin with a potluck dinner at noon, followed with the worship service and an afternoon of fellowship. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.

 

Capulin astronomy nights

CapULin — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights at Capulin Volcano National Monument, 46 Volcano Rd. The next astronomy night will be Saturday, July 11, 7 p.m. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. All observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the visitor center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes

 

State Fair canceled

nM — The New Mexico state fair has been cancelled

 

out of this world

Heart Land Art Show

WestCLiFFe — The Sangres Art guild in Westcliffe provides a local opportunity to enjoy art and meet artists over the Fourth of July week- end. “Heart Land Art Show” begins Thursday, July 2 and runs through July 27. The opening reception is Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Come see the art at 3rd St. Gallery, 59000 N. Highway 69, Westcliffe, Thurs. – Mon. 11 – 4. www.sangresartguild.org