RSVP now for the John Mall High School Class of 1981 Reunion, and get a tour of the new high school building
WALSENBURG— The great class of 1981 is holding a reunion this summer on Friday, June 30 through Saturday July 1 in Walsenburg. Cocktails and Conversations will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Whistle Stop Lofts at 408 Russell Street.
On Saturday, come to a Hoedown BBQ at the Eagles, 614 Main featuring cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and music and dancing from 7 p.m. on. Wear western attire to enter a drawing for a prize.
Other activities for the weekend are now being organized, including bowling and potentially, a ‘Thanks For All The Memories’ tour of John Mall High School, which will be torn down next year, as well as a site visit of the new high school which will open next January.
Please let Sandy Montoya-Foster know if you are coming by emailing her at
Dorcas Circle not accepting donations currently, take them to PALS in Trinidad
WALSENBURG — Dorcas Circle is not currently accepting any donations at this time. Please bring clean, gently used and in working order to PALS at 500 W. Main St, Trinidad. For more information on what they accept please call 719-680-0525 or email PALSofTrinidad@gmail.com
Dorcas Circle will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays. We will no longer be open on Thursdays.
Francisco Fort open
LA VETA— The Francisco Fort in La Veta is open for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information on the Fort and summer events go to www.franciscofort.org There is no admission fee and all events at the Fort this summer are free and open to the public.
Farmers market season is here
HUERFANO— It’s that time of year again! Get ready for a wonderful season filled with lots of local goodies grown, supplied, crafted and for purchase. La Veta will have their market every Thursday, 3-5 p.m. starting May 18th in the park next to the library on Main St. Cuchara will have their market on Fridays starting May 19, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile. Gardner will have their markets every Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church. Last but most certainly not least is Walsenburg’s market held every Sunday at Heritage Park on Main St. near the railroad tracks from 12 – 2 p.m. starting May 29. For more information and to become a vendor please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Rendezvous Art Show
LA VETA— Artists working in all media are encouraged to enter the upcoming Western Rendezvous show at the SPACe Gallery in La Veta. Original art will be accepted today, Thursday, June 8, Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10 at the gallery, 132 W. Ryus, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be a $500 prize for 1st place in this annual juried and judged show. The entry form may be downloaded from the SPACe website, spanishpeaksarts.org and will be available at the gallery. Call 719 742-3074 for more information.
Let’s Talk Walsenburg
WALSENBURG— Please join us for a kick off celebration and conversation about the upcoming Museum on Mainstreet Exhibit on Thursday, June 8, 1 p.m. at MoF. The final exhibit will that will be hosted by the Museum of Friends will run from August 26, 2023 to October 9, 2023. This is an opportunity to learn more about this special exhibit that will be in Walsenburg and to talk about the experiences of people in Walsenburg as part of rural America. Lunch will be served.
Free bicycle repair clinic
LA VETA— Thursday June 8, 2 – 5 p.m. Spanish Peaks Cycling Bicycle Repair Clinic. Bring your bikes and trikes, we will fix for free! In front of the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main St. Donations welcome. Questions please email email@example.com
Indoor rummage sale fundraiser
LA VETA— Join us at Christ the King Catholic Church, Main Street, La Veta on Friday & Saturday, June 9 & 10, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The rummage sale is hosted by St. Ann’s Guild. There will be a lot of new & pre-owned items!
Shad Murib at Walsenburg Merc
WALSENBURG— The chairman of the Colorado Democrats, Shad Murib, will be in Walsenburg this Friday, June 9, 9 a.m. at the Walsenburg Mercantile. Join the Huerfano Dems in learning about “The 546 Project”.
Fridays For Fun: Art for the Young Human Being
LA VETA— The La Veta School of the Arts is pleased to announce our first class in the summer program, Fridays For Fun on June 9, from 1 – 3 p.m. Well-known educator and artist Sharona Whitley will teach Sandpainting for students aged 6 and older (younger, with adult supervision). All classes take place at LVSA, across from the park in La Veta. Go to thelvsa.org website for more information. Early registration reduces the fee from $10 to $5 per student, per class. To pre-register, you may use the website, or you may call 719.742.3421.
SPLD’s Flicks at the Library
WALSENBURG— Friday, June 9, at 1:30 p.m. Join us at Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg for this month’s movie, Jurassic Park starring… Dinosaurs, T-Rex and velociraptors! Join us for this fun and suspense-filled movie with FREE popcorn and books! BYOB.
Historic Preservation Committee thank you reception
LA VETA— The La Veta HPC is hosting a Thank You Reception for all town residents on Friday, June
9 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile; refreshments will be provided! This Reception honors La Veta citizens’ commitment to the historic foundation of our town, and the economic resource that is our Historic District. There will be an awards ceremony to present three National Register plaques to building owners, historians and historic tax credit experts will be on hand, and several other local organizations will join us to discuss current good news projects taking place in La Veta.
Spanish Peaks 5/10K Run
LA VETA— Saturday, June 10, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Choose from 5K, out and back course; bring your dog! Start at Francisco Fort Capps Building, run to Grandote Peaks and Back. Refreshments and awards! Registration information at https://twopeaksfitness.org/running-events. Two Peaks Fitness, 719-742-3555.
Open Garden at GVS
GARDNER— All summer long, the vegetable and flower gardens at the Gardner Valley School will be open to the public on Saturday mornings from
9 – 11 a.m. We invite you to join us to plant, weed, water, learn, share in early produce, feed the birds and have fun. So, grab your hats and sunscreen and come on down, everyone is welcome.
Arvel Bird comes to Huerfano
HUERFANO— Arvel Bird’s “Celtic Indian” brand is a reflection of his mixed-blood American Indian and Celtic heritages. With his violin, fiddle, Native flutes and Irish whistles, Arvel weaves a powerful tapestry of music and stories. Come meet Arvel at the Francisco Fort Museum on Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m. later he will perform in an unforgettable concert at 7 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile. Then the special gift he is offering is an up close and personal event with attendance limited to 25 on Sunday, June 11, 1 p.m. in the Lathrop Park Conference Center to share his knowledge and passion about Totem Animals. This is an amazing experience to be able to offer locally. Please RSVP Sandy Dolak to save your space: firstname.lastname@example.org or text: 719-251-1271
Sangre de Cristo Pass Tour
WALSENBURG— The Huerfano County Historical Society is sponsoring a tour of the historic Sangre de Cristo Pass, also known as the Taos Trail, on Saturday, June 10th. This year the tour will follow in part the path of the 1853 Gunnison Expedition, builders of the first wagon road over the pass. We will also have stops at the pioneer settlement of St. Mary’s on the Huerfano River and at the Montoya homestead at Farasita, originally known as Fort Talpa. We will meet at the Walsenburg Mining Museum at 9 a.m. Bring water and lunch and allow 4-6 hours for the tour. Cost is $20 per person and $30 for families. For reservations call the Huerfano Heritage Center at 719-738-2346 or email us at email@example.com.
Cuchara Chapel services
CUCHARA— Featured pastor at the Cuchara Chapel for June 11 is Dr. Don Pike of the United Methodist Church. Services are at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Go to CucharaChapel.org.
Live Music, Art and Games at The Parkside Art Gallery and Café
LA VETA— Sunday, June 11, 1 – 2:30 p.m. join us at the Parkside Art Gallery and Cafe, 127 W.Ryus Ave., La Veta, for Live Music by Michael Steward, board games and fun.
Call for singers
LA VETA— There’s still time to join the Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble as we prepare for our summer-season concert, scheduled for late August. We rehearse on Tuesdays, at 6:15 p.m., at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street in La Veta. If you’ve been wanting to sing with us but just haven’t been sure how to take that first step, here’s your opportunity to come and get your feet wet. Come join us. Please call 719-742-5333 if you have any questions.
Weekly wildflower & weed walks
LA VETA— Wildflowers, along with edible, medicinal, useful, and dangerous wild plants are popping! Learn how to ID what is what. Gentle one hour nature walks led every Wednesday, from 5 to 6 p.m. by local interpretive naturalist Bob Kennemer. Cost $5.00 per person. Class size limited to 10. Spring schedule: June 7 in/near La Veta. June 14, 21, 28 in/near Cuchara Village. Handouts included. Pre Registration required 24 hours in advance, and to learn more, email Bob at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pioneer Day at Francisco Fort Museum
LA VETA— Wednesday, June 14, 10 a.m – 12 p.m. La Veta Library and Francisco Fort Museum are pairing up for a morning of old fashioned fun for kids and families. We will have live animals, a tractor, leather stamping, butter making and more! Story time begins at 10 a.m. on the lawn outside the museum. Museum activities follow afterwards. For more info go to LVPL.org, email email@example.com or call 719-742-3572.
Twice Loved Critters
WALSENBURG— Join a special group of ladies on Wednesday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg to help get our “stuffed” critters ready for the “All Together Now” Teddy Bear Picnic that will be on June 29th at the Library. We are adding special touches to upcycled stuff toys to share with kiddos as “Reading Buddies”. All are welcome to join the fun.
Contact Sandy Johnston: 719-989-8438 for more information! A Huajatolla Heritage Foundation project.
American Legion Post 16 Meeting
WALSENBURG— The Brian T. Chiquette Post 16 of The American Legion will have their monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 6 p.m. at the Walsenburg Housing Authority Office, 220 Russell Ave. in Walsenburg. The Veterans Trust Fund (Veterans helping Veterans) is underway and you can find out more about this program at the meeting. For information, this program will end this month. All Veterans are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting. We will be discussing future activities for the Post. If you have any questions, please call Dave Rogers 719-738-9965.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
HUERFANO— Thursday, June 15 is World Abuse Awareness Day. The Huerfano County Department of Human Services Adult Protection team asks that you wear purple on Tuesday, June 15 in support of this day.
SPLD Presents the Friends of the Library Book Sale
WALSENBURG— Join the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg on Thursday, June 15th and Friday, June 16th from 10 – 3 p.m. Come check out our awesome collection of donated books for sale at low prices! Proceeds help the Friends support our library.
Cornhole for Relay for Life
WALSENBURG— Huerfano Cornhole is hosting a fundraising game for Relay for life on Saturday, June 17, check-in is at 10 a.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg. Register on the Scoreholio app or in person. There will be concessions for purchase, raffles, mystery bags, and knockout competition too.
Nerd Trivia! with La Veta Public Library
LA VETA— Join LVPL at Mountain Merman Brewery at 220 S. Main, on Monday, June 19, 6 p.m. for Nerd Trivia. There is no charge to participate in trivia. Great prizes donated by Mountain Merman Brewery! Want to host a library event at your business? We want to hear from you, firstname.lastname@example.org
Experimental Drawing and Painting at LVSA
LA VETA— LVSA presents Peggy Zehring’s fun, abstract, experimental drawing and painting one week or two week class which will be happening at The La Veta School of the Arts in La Veta, from Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23, and Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30. All levels of experience are welcome. Cost is $375.00 a week. For more information or to register call 719-742-3421, or e-mail LVArtSchool@yahoo.com or register online at www.theLVSA.org
WALSENBURG— Looking for a new volunteer opportunity? We would like to invite community member to join us in connecting with local nonprofit and public service organizations. It’s the perfect time for agencies to share available volunteer opportunities and for lour local population to seek our new areas of interest for volunteerism. Join us for theis FREE first-time ever event at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg on Wednesday, June 21, 3 – 6 p.m.
Register now for Vacation Bible School
WALSENBURG— Register now for Vacation Bible School happening Tuesday, June 27 – Friday, June 30, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Praise Church in Walsenburg. For more information on how to register see our ad below.
Summer Reading Program – All Together Now
TRINIDAD— Join us this summer for our 2023 Summer Reading Program! We will have special guest readers, celebrate our community make some crafts, earn prizes and explore new worlds and adventures with a new book. The summer reading program is for ages 0-17. This summer we will be using a virtual platform, READSquared, to register, complete missions, track reading and have access to some fun games. Please go to Trinidadcpl.readsquared.com to register starting on May 29.
Plant ID and collection workshop
TRINIDAD— Join the Purgatoire Watershed on Friday, June 9, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at USDA-NRCS Service Center for their Plant ID and Collection Workshop. Workshop, lunch, and plant press materials are free of charge thanks to sponsorship from the Spanish Peaks-Purgatoire River Conservation District and a grant obtained b the Purgatoire Watershed Partnership. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/purgatoirewatershedpartnership
Community Open House
TRINIDAD— Friday, June 9, 2 – 6 p.m. the Trinidad History Museum, 312 East Main St., is hosting a community open house. There will be food, beverages, hands on activities, interactive information booths and family friendly fun. Learn about the work we are doing at museum and through out Southern Colorado and more!
Pieces from the Santa Fe Trail
TRINIDAD— The Trinidad Carnegie Public Library is excited to host a book signing for Melva Nolan on Friday, June 9, from 4 – 6 p.m., upstairs in the library’s main room. Melva is a dedicated quilter, and hosts her own blog, MelvaLovesScraps. She has written a new book, pieces from the Santa Fe Trail: The story of Marion Sloan Russell’s journey on the Santa Fe Trail and her life told through a quilt.
Friday Night Live at Trinidad Lake State Park
TRINIDAD— Every Friday Night beginning May 26th thru September 1st at 8 p.m. the park ranger/interpreter will present a program of interest to campers and the general public alike. Join us around the fire ring at the Trinidad Lake State Park amphitheater to get the latest in fishing activity, wildlife sightings and general information on hiking and biking in the area. The presentations will include an overview of the history and geology of the area and to make the most of your weekend outdoors. We provide the fire so bring your marshmallows for a fun evening under the stars.
Santa Fe Trail Days
TRINIDAD— Santa Fe Trail Days is a well-loved festival of downtown Trinidad since 1982. It is back again, bigger and better than ever, with activities for both your family and friends. Santa Fe Trail Days will be held Friday and Saturday, June 9th and 10th.
2nd Saturday Trail Work Days
TRINIDAD— Support your local trails this Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. and help maintain the Wormhole loop and start a new kids loop at Trinidad Lake State Park. All levels of experience welcome. Tools and snacks are provided but please bring your own water, gloves and sunscreen. Meet at the trail head of the Wormhole Loop to get started.
American Legion Post 11 veterans fish fry
TRINIDAD— The American Legion Post 11 will host the Third Annual Southern Fish Fry featuring a Fresh Gulf Shrimp and Fish on Saturday June 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Wootton Veterans’ Memorial Square, with all the proceeds/donations to go directly support the operation and maintenance of Fort Wootton Veterans Memorial Square for use by the Veterans and Community of Trinidad and Las Animas County.
Youth Orchestra performance
TRINIDAD— Mt. Carmel presents their youth orchestra on Saturday, June 10, 11:30 a.m. They will be preforming at the Fort Wootton Veteran’s Memorial Square, 204 S. Chesnut, Trinidad.
Open Mic for all Literary Souls
TRINIDAD— The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District Announces Second Saturdays – Open Mic for all Literary Souls is returning for 2023! The series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at The Commons Space to Create, 218 West Main St. Join us Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m. the evening will begin with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public.
TRINIDAD— Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m. Join us at the Park Visitor Center for a conversation with wildlife photographer Mike Rearden as he shares his passion for wildlife and photography. Mike came to Colorado from Wales in 1994 and only recently moved to the Trinidad area where in a very short time has developed a large following for his wildlife photos. He will be sharing some of his favorite images and some of the techniques that have led to his successes in wildlife photography.
Street Closure – Moore’s Canyon Rd
TRINIDAD— Moore’s Canyon Road from Santa Fe Trail to Peak Street will be closed from June 12th to June 30th for a new gas line installation to add to infrastructure improvements throughout the City of Trinidad. Crews will be out starting June 5th to prep the road for construction and closure. Please slow down and pay attention, workers and flaggers will be on site and need your cooperation.
Philosophy Café: Ethics of care
TRINIDAD— On the second Monday of every month, the library hosts a Philosophy Café. Join us Monday, June 12, 5 p.m. everyone is welcome to join in to a discussion based on a given topic. The topic for June is Ethics of care, and The Care Manifesto. Susanne van der Meer chose this topic, and she has provided some explanation and links to more information below. This will be a remote meeting via Zoom Meeting, and you must register to join. https://bit.ly/3OCxPHr
5th Annual Make Art Fair
TRINIDAD— On Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join the Art Council of Trinidad Presents for thier 5th Annual Art Fair at the Trinidad History Museum. Rain or Shine, we’re ready for this year’s art fair! There will be 9 art projects available to participate in, supplies and instruction provided! All are welcome, all ages, all free.
TRINIDAD— Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. State Historian Jared Orsi and Poet Jodie Hollander will be visiting the Trinidad History Museum to lead a 3-hour creative writing workshop inspired by the history and natural landscape and setting of the place. This workshop will begin with a tour of our Children of Ludlow exhibit in the Bloom Mansion, where Jared will provide some introductory historical context and lead a discussion with participants in responses to the exhibit. Jodie will then lead a brief poetry lesson and offer participants time to write and share their poetry.
Public Meeting for Yankee Mine Safeguarding Project
RATON— The Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program invites you to a public meeting for the proposed safeguarding of the former Yankee Mine, including County Road A-25, located 8 miles northeast of Raton, NM. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 8, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, Raton. For more information please visit www.RatonCalendar.com.
Swimming Pool Opening Day
SPRINGER— Join us on Friday, June 9, starting at 9 a.m. as the Springer Swimming Pool welcomes everyone for another summer of splashing fun! Opening day is free for everyone, bring the whole family. For swimming passes, pool parties, swim lessons and more information call city hall at 575-483-2682.
Santa Fe Trail Museum Arts & Crafts Festival
SPRINGER— Bring your arts and crafts and join us for a fun day in Springer. Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Springer Museum Park, 602 Maxwell Ave, vendors please begin setting up at 7 a.m. There will also have music by JD’s DJ entertainment.
CIMARRON— Come one, come all! The Cimarron Chamber is hosting the summer’s Farmers Market at the Village Park held on Saturdays now through Labor day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a vendor please call 575-376-2417 or email email@example.com
New Mexico Impressions Collection-Reception
RATON— The Raton Museum is honored to host the event for Bernard Sandoval, New Mexico Impressions Collection. The reception will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Raton Museum, 108 South 2nd St.
Trivia night with FCCLA
RATON— Anyone love trivia? If so, join our Raton High School FCCLA Trivia night on Saturday, June 10, 6 – 8 p.m. $10 for a meal ticket that includes a hamburger, chips and a drink. All proceeds go to the FCCLA.
Night sky viewing
CAPULIN— Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, June 17, 8:30 p.m. join us at Capulin Volcano National Monument. Follow the red lights from the Visitor Center to the observing area. It can get chilly so please wear warm clothing.
Vacation Bible School
CIMARRON— Cimarron Methodist Church is hosting Vacation Bible School Monday, June 12th – Friday, June 16th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. VBS is for children 5 years -13 years old. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. at Cimarron Methodist Church.
Living Awareness Celebration
RATON— Join Local Collaborative 8 on Wednesday, June 14, starting at 9 a.m. for a day full of celebrating Living Awareness. Held at the Raton Convention Center, the day starts out with the Veteran Color Guard. K-Bob’s is providing lunch and there will be guest speakers and music entertainment.
Capulin Volcano Ladybug Festival
CAPULIN— Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, starting at 8 a.m. Each year we have thousands of lovely Convergent Lady beetles visit our Volcano as part of their migratory journey due to our abundance of plants and insects the lady beetles can consume. The eggs laid here will hatch later in the summer, overwinter, and then the next generation will make their way further south. Come join us at Capulin Volcano to celebrate their return! Two days full of fun lady beetle facts, facepainting, prizes, and chances to explore the beauty of Capulin Volcano.
Angel Fire Balloon festival and street fair
ANGEL FIRE— We are closing down Bill Burgess Blvd a.k.a. North Angel Fire Rd. to have a street fair on Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. After you enjoy the mass ascension of over 30 hot air balloons at Balloons Over Angel Fire, join us for Food, Fun, Arts & Crafts, Music, Mimosas & More! Check out the Balloon Festival too each morning over the weekend at the Angel Fire Airport. For more information please visit angelfirenm.gov.
Colfax Democrat meeting
COLFAX— The Democratic Party of Colfax County will meet on Saturday, June 17, 2 to 4 p.m. at Casa Lemus Restaurant, 350 Clayton Road, Raton. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sloat Prince Foundation Scholarship for Colfax County graduates
COLFAX— The Sloat-Prince Foundation offers scholarships to graduates of Colfax County public or private high schools and to current Colfax County residents who may have graduated from high school elsewhere. This includes public, private, charter, parochial or home school graduates.
To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college/university, or a vocational, trade or business school. New recipient applications, including official transcripts of all semesters, must be received by the foundation board on or before June 15, 2023. Applications are now available by emailing email@example.com or by contacting your school’s administration or guidance counselor.