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Upcoming Events for February 3, 2022

throughout our world

Virtual Small Business Accelerator Program

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

Legal service available for seniors from SCCOG Area Agency on Aging

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

Loving Yourself in Times of Grief

OUR WORLD – The Grief Support Group sponsored by Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice for February will be the usual 2nd Wednesday of the month, Feb. 9th from 2-3:30. In keeping with a Valentine theme, our topic for the month will be “Loving Yourself in Times of Grief” led by Val Stepien, MSW. The group is free, and all are welcome.  Until Covid cases decrease, we will not be meeting in person. The zoom link is https:/zoom.us/j/95686445697.  Feel free to email me, Val Stepien, at vonstep@ecentral.com if you have any questions or would like more information about the group.

Cooking Matters for adults

OUR WORLD –  Cooking matters for adults. Join us virtually and let’s cook a meal together. Food to cook the recipe is provided weekly and this course is offered at no cost.
Learn about healthy eating, nutrition, kitchen safety, and shopping on a budget. Virtual class begins on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
To sign up, contact (719) 845-0463 by Feb. 8th.

ROAR For Relay for Life Valentine Baking Palooza

OUR WORLD –  A Valentine’s Baking Palooza Fundraiser! Call Kendra today to reserve your delicious homemade yummy by Wednesday, Feb. 9. Delivery afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 13 or pick up on Monday, Feb. 14 in Walsenburg. Delivery & pick up after 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14 in Trinidad. Payment can be taken at time of delivery or you can pay beforehand at Corradino Auto Body at 124 N. Maple St. in Trinidad or Farm Bureau at 713 Walsen Ave in Walsenburg.
For more details, contact Kendra Doherty at (719) 680 – 0693 or (719) 946 – 5510

ROAR For Relay for Life Quilt Fundraiser

OUR WORLD –  A beautiful handmade quilt that could be yours! Enter into the fundraiser raffle for ROAR for Relay for Life! $3 for 1 chance ticket and $5 for 2 chances. Get your tickets by Saturday, Feb. 26. Drawing will be held Monday, Feb. 28.
To purchase your tickets, please call Carrie at 719-890-0015 or Kendra at 719-680-0693.

Philosophy Café

OUR WORLD –  In February, Philosophy Café meets remotely on Monday evening, Feb. 14, at 5:00.
This month’s topic was suggested by Philosophy Café regular, Sararose: The Philosophy of Change. She offers the following link, and writes:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-philosophy-change-why-happens-how-embrace-ivan-teong
“Taking for granted the constancy of change, here is an article titled, My Philosophy of Change.  The author states: ‘My philosophy of change refers to the fundamental concept of one’s internal and external environments, and how they collide to create change.’  His ideas are timely, and I think this will be a good article to read to support our conversation.”
Café founder, Susanne, thought it would be a good chance to throw in some existentialist thought. She is reading Paul Tillich’s, The Courage to Be. According to Tillich, one major source of existential anxiety is change, especially that big, big change we will all go through—death. Tillich believed the antidote to such anxiety is courage, in this case, the courage to allow life to change us.
We hope you can join us for this remote event via Zoom Meeting. You must register to join, and you can start that process by clicking the Register button, below.

HUERFANO

Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce meeting

HUERFANO – On Thursday, Feb. 3rd at 6pm  The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will meet  in the La Veta Fire Protection District Main Conference Room 100 Birch Street La Veta or online via Zoom. More details at https://spanishpeakschamber.com/events/

Parks and Trails volunteer opportunities

WALSENBURG –  Dustin Stambaugh, Walsenburg City Administrator, and Brad Rice, Walsenburg Parks Manager, have asked La Veta Trails to co-host two clean-up opportunities in Walsenburg this spring. La Veta Trails is thrilled to support these clean-up events.
We will host a Walsenburg Volunteer Sign-up Event in the next two to three weeks. Volunteers will be required to fill out a Volunteer Form and sign a liability waiver.  If you would like to get onto the list of Walsenburg Volunteers to receive emails from La Veta Trails, or if you would like your place of business to help host a volunteer sign-up event, email Marilyn Russell at russellm99992gmail.com.

E-Sports at the Fox

WALSENBURG –  The Fox Theatre recently purchased six gaming PC’s to start a program. Are you interested in playing? Complete the form at the following link and they’ll be in touch. Spread the word. Also, you can play eSports in college now!
Please contact Mike at (719) 890-4292 or email me at mike@foxtheatrewalsenburg.org to learn more.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9zj-FJQ2oWzDo7XhjnRtxdFhVabB40-6Sj1QKxA3nnAPcjw/viewform

Walsenburg Fox Weekend movie

WALSENBURG –  Scream, Rated R
“Twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro, a new Ghostface emerges, and Sidney Prescott must return to uncover the truth.”
$7.00 for adults
$6.00 for students and teachers
$5.00 for children (age 5 to 12) and seniors
Movie showtimes are  Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

New hours at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) in La Veta has changed the days and hours the SPACe Gallery is open. During January, SPACe is only open on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Beginning Feb. 3, the gallery will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Artwork for the annual Members’ Show will be accepted at that time. Memberships start at $30 for individuals. Visit the SPACe website at spanishpeaksarts.org for more information. You can now text messages to SPACe at 719 890-0573 or call 719 742-3074. The Gallery is located in the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus.

Call for Players D&D 5E Campaign

WALSENBURG –  You currently live a meager mundane life but often dream of becoming an adventurer. The day is waning and dusk is upon you. You are torn from your daydreams, hearing sound of people screaming, buildings burning, and the sounds of people running past you. “The Dragovar Empire is upon us!’
The Dragovar Empire is an empire to the North with which your kingdom of Moldavia is currently at war. They are an empire ruled by a council of chromatic  dragons that command thousands of Dragonborn troops. You find yourself running away from the sounds of battle to find some safety and end up at the docks. Many ships are fleeing but there is one getting ready to set sail.  A stern-looking tabaxi looks at you and says “Well, are you coming?”
Starts Friday, Jan. 28, and runs every Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Looking for 5-6 committed players until the end of April. Sessions are $10 and miniatures, 3D terrain, and custom content are provided.

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

WALSENBURG –  Karl will host a “Meet the Candidate Karl Sporleder for County Commissioner” event on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. at Rollin’ Smoke Garage, 115 E. 5th St, Walsenburg.  Karl will discuss his platform and answer guests’ questions.  Come share your visions and comments for the future of Huerfano County.
We will also have an added guest, Ty Winter, who is running in the newly created House District 47.
Karl will also host a ”Meet the Candidate” event on Saturday, Feb. 19, st 4 p.m. at Fatt Wellers, 121 N. Main St., La Veta.
We hope you will join us for these events and support our local businesses by enjoying some great food  afterwards. See you there!

American Legion Blood Drive, and monthly Post meeting

WALSENBURG –  An American Legion Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday,  Feb. 8 located in the Huerfano Community Center 928 Russell St. Walsenburg. On Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the same building, American Legion Post 16 will be holding their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. We are hoping to see all of your smiling faces at these two functions.

Fox Walsenburg chili competition  and big Super Bowl game watch party

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

LAS ANIMAS  

Free COVID-19 testing on Sundays

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

Teen movie night at Tri Peak Theater

TRINIDAD — Come join us Saturday, Feb 5, 22 at 6:30pm for free teen movie night. Ages 11-17 years old are welcome to join. This event is hosted by Tri Peak Theater.  It will be first come first serve up to 40 kids. A free snack pack will be included per child. Parents must sign you in and out. Any questions please call Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509. Movie to be announced soon. 3600 E Main St, Trinidad, CO

Open Mic Night on Second Saturdays

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

Senior Days at Books & More Bookstore

TRINIDAD —  Friday, Feb. 4 from 11-4 and Saturday February 5 from 10-4.  Most items 50% off at Books and More Bookstore. The “Friends” is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes with all profits supporting the Trinidad Carnegie Public Library. Books & More is staffed by volunteers and stocked with merchandise donations from our generous community. Phone is 846-8522. 132 N. Commercial St., Trinidad, CO,

Maybe Baby, It’s You at Main Street LIVE

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

Call for artists: Carnegie Library Art Wall

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

Sharpen your feminist thinking with the Philosopher’s Toolkit

TRINIDAD  — Susanne van der Meer is a certified Philosophical Practitioner, MA Continental Philosophy. Philosophical ideas and methods help us to deepen our meaning-making in everyday life. She has been co-hosting a monthly Philosophy Cafe at the Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad for a while now, and beginning on Jan. 27, she will begin hosting a series of four workshops on philosophy and feminism on the Trinidad State Campus in room Berg 401 every other Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m.
This series will cover topics ranging from oppressive thinking hats, autonomy and paternalism to feminist ethics and cultural diversity.
There is no cost for this series, but registration is required. Please call Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or email donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

Colfax
Lake activity closed indefinitely

COLFAX — Sugarite Canyon State Park has suspended lake activities indefinitely  because of thin ice.  The Lake Alice Campground remains open on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information, call 575-445-5607. Stage II Fire Restrictions are also in place.  Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited. The use of devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three (3) feet of the device. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

Casting call for Bugsy Malone Jr

COLFAX — Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts Raton Youth Theatre is gearing up for a spring production of Bugsy Malone JR.  The show’s director is Beki Laird, the musical director is Clint Henson, and Wanda Henson is assisting both directors.
Casting call will be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 3 and 4, at 6 p.m., rehearsal should begin on Monday, Feb. 7.
Note: Rehearsal &/or production dates subject to change due to COVID restrictions/infection rates, and the entire show will be postponed/canceled if there aren’t enough participants to fill the roles at this time.
The cast list for this show calls for 25-50+ people, so everyone from kindergarten to college is encouraged to participate.
No previous experience necessary and everyone who comes to the casting call will be in the show if you want to be.
It is a musical, but we are not professional singers & dancers – the goal is to have fun.  Don’t be scared!!
Backstage crew and lots of extras are also needed, so tell all your friends and spread the word – you don’t want to miss out on this exciting production!!
For more information or to make alternative arrangements to be involved if you can’t make it on Feb. 3 or 4 – call or text Beki @ 254-716-9642.  Email is fine, too: Imbeki2@gmail.com

NM Behavioral Health Star celebration

COLFAX —The New Mexico Behavioral Health Planning Council will be recognizing the 2022 Behavioral Health Stars that have been selected for demonstrating leadership in creating Paths to Wellness within our state on Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Please join the council in recognizing the individuals, programs, and service animals that have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference in the health of their communities and our state.
Zoom Meeting ID: 893 2492 9119  Passcode: 102638

Out of our world

Millicent Rogers Museum celebrates its 20th Anniversary Miniatures Show

TAOS  — The Millicent Rogers Museum in El Prado, New Mexico is opening its 20th Anniversary Miniatures Show and Sale on Feb. 5. Featuring more than 120 artists from Taos and Rio Arriba Counties, the exhibition will be on view with its artworks for sale through March 6. This year’s “Minis,” as locals refer to it, offers audiences a dynamic glimpse of northern New Mexico’s artistic community in small-scale works in ceramic, oil, acrylic, watercolor, silver, steel, wood, photography, and mixed media. Each year, the museum and community artists join forces to produce the “Minis” show.
The Millicent Rogers Museum is located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road in El Prado, New Mexico.

Luna to host COVID vax clinic Feb. 10

LAS VEGAS —In collaboration with the New Mexico Department of Health and El Centro Family Health Clinic, Luna Community College will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, in the school’s cafeteria.

Upcoming Events for January 27, 2022

throughout our world

Cooking Matters for Adults

OUR WORLD –  Cooking matters for adults. Join us virtually and let’s cook a meal together! Food to cook the recipe is provided weekly and this course is offered at no cost.
Learn about healthy eating, nutrition, kitchen safety, and shopping on a budget. Virtual class begins on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
To sign up, contact (719) 845-0463 by Feb. 8th.

ROAR For Relay for Life Valentine Baking Palooza

OUR WORLD –  A Valentine’s Baking Palooza Fundraiser! Call Kendra today to reserve your delicious homemade yummy by Wednesday, Feb. 9th. Delivery afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 13 or pick up on Monday, Feb. 14 in Walsenburg. Delivery & pick up after 1:30p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14 in Trinidad. Payment can be taken at time of delivery or you can pay beforehand at Corradino Auto Body at 124 N. Maple St. in Trinidad or Farm Bureau at 713 Walsen Ave in Walsenburg.
For more details, contact Kendra Doherty at (719) 680 – 0693 or (719) 946 – 5510

ROAR For Relay for Life Quilt Fundraiser

OUR WORLD –  A beautiful handmade quilt that could be yours! Enter into the fundraiser raffle for ROAR for Relay for Life! $3 for 1 chance ticket and $5 for 2 chances. Get your tickets by Saturday, February 26th. Drawing will be held Monday, February 28th.
To purchase your tickets, please call Carrie at 719-890-0015 or Kendra at 719-680-0693.

Philosophy Café

OUR WORLD –  In February, Philosophy Café meets remotely on Monday evening, February 14th, at 5:00.
This month’s topic was suggested by Philosophy Café regular, Sararose: The Philosophy of Change. She offers the following link, and writes:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-philosophy-change-why-happens-how-embrace-ivan-teong
“Taking for granted the constancy of change, here is an article titled, My Philosophy of Change.  The author states: ‘My philosophy of change refers to the fundamental concept of one’s internal and external environments, and how they collide to create change.’  His ideas are timely, and I think this will be a good article to read to support our conversation.”
Café founder, Susanne, thought it would be a good chance to throw in some existentialist thought. She is reading Paul Tillich’s, The Courage to Be. According to Tillich, one major source of existential anxiety is change, especially that big, big change we will all go through—death. Tillich believed the antidote to such anxiety is courage, in this case, the courage to allow life to change us.
We hope you can join us for this remote event via Zoom Meeting. You must register to join, and you can start that process by clicking the Register button, below.

HUERFANO

Parks and Trails volunteer opportunities

WALSENBURG –  Dustin Stambaugh, Walsenburg City Administrator, and Brad Rice, Walsenburg Parks Manager, have asked La Veta Trails to co-host two clean-up opportunities in Walsenburg this spring. La Veta Trails is thrilled to support these clean-up events.
We will host a Walsenburg Volunteer Sign-up Event in the next 2-3 weeks. Volunteers will be required to fill out a Volunteer Form and sign a liability waiver.  If you would like to get onto the list of Walsenburg Volunteers to receive emails from La Veta Trails, or if you would like your place of business to help host a volunteer sign-up event, email Marilyn Russell at russellm99992gmail.com.

E-Sports coming soon to Fox

WALSENBURG –  The Fox Theatre recently purchased SIX gaming PC’s to start a program. Are you interested in playing? Complete the form at the following link and they’ll be in touch. Spread the word. Also, you can play eSports in college now!
Please contact Mike at (719) 890-4292 or email me at mike@foxtheatrewalsenburg.org to learn more.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9zj-FJQ2oWzDo7XhjnRtxdFhVabB40-6Sj1QKxA3nnAPcjw/viewform

Walsenburg Fox Weekend movie

WALSENBURG –  Our weekend movie is “Spiderman: No Way Home,” rated PG-13.  With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
$7.00 for adults
$6.00 for students and teachers
$5.00 for children (age 5 to 12) and seniors
Movie showtimes are  Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

New hours at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) in La Veta has changed the days and hours the SPACe Gallery is open. During January, SPACe is only open on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Beginning Feb. 3, the gallery will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Artwork for the annual Members’ Show will be accepted at that time. Memberships start at $30 for individuals. Visit the SPACe website at spanishpeaksarts.org for more information. You can now text messages to SPACe at 719 890-0573 or call 719 742-3074. The Gallery is located in the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus.

Movie at La Veta Public Library

LA VETA — Join us at La Veta Library on Thursday, Jan. 27th at 2 p.m. for a “movie date”.  For our first offering of the new year we will feature “Stillwater” starring Matt Damon. Variety magazine called this dramatic thriller “incredible and absolutely brilliant”. It is the story of an oil rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to France to exonerate his daughter who is serving a life sentence in jail for a murder she did not commit. Great performances and a timely topic make for great entertainment.  Free refreshments!

Call for Players D&D 5E Campaign

WALSENBURG –  You currently live a meager mundane life but often dream of becoming an adventurer. The day is waning and dusk is upon you. You are torn from your daydreams, hearing sound of people screaming, buildings burning, and the sounds of people running past you. “The Dragovar Empire is upon us!’
The Dragovar Empire is an empire to the North with which your kingdom of Moldavia is currently at war. They are an empire ruled by a council of chromatic  dragons that command thousands of Dragonborn troops. You find yourself running away from the sounds of battle to find some safety and end up at the docks. Many ships are fleeing but there is one getting ready to set sail.  A stern-looking tabaxi looks at you and says “Well! Are you coming?”
-Starts Jan. 28, and runs every Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
– Looking for 5-6 committed players until the end of April.
-Sessions are $10 and miniatures, 3D terrain, and custom content are provided.

Mobile Vaccine Bus at Safeway

WALSENBURG –  On January 28th from 10a.m. – 6p.m., the Mobile Vaccine Bus will be in the Walsenburg Safeway Parking lot. Flu and COVID Vaccines are available (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J) for free, no insurance required. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd doses.

Gardening in Navajo Ranch Class

WALSENBURG –  You can garden in Navajo Ranch with harvested rain (or snow) water. Master Gardener, patty Merryman, will be hosting her first class on January 28th OR 29th from 9a.m. – 1p.m. Call her at 719-989-7361 with questions or to reserve a spot and get directions.

Exhibition extended at MoF

WALSENBURG –  The Exhibition Joseph Slusky & Katie Hawkinson Collaborations and Tangents is extended through Jan. 31, 2021. Also during the month of January the museum and Made in Walsenburg Gift Shop will be open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Call 719-738-2858 for more info or to make an appointment.  For school-tour visits, email your preferred dates and times to: info@museumoffriends.org or visit: www.museumoffriends.org

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

WALSENBURG –  Karl will host a “Meet the Candidate Karl Sporleder for County Commissioner” event on Saturday, Feb. 5th 4pm at Rollin’ Smoke Garage, 115 E. 5th St, Walsenburg. Karl will discuss his platform and answer guests’ questions.  Come share your visions and comments for the future of Huerfano County.
We will also have an added guest Ty Winter who is running is the newly created House District 47.
Karl will also host a ”Meet the Candidate” event on Saturday, Feb. 19th 4pm at Fatt Wellers, 121 N. Main St., La Veta.
We hope you will join us for these events and support our local businesses by enjoying some great food  afterwards. See you there!

American Legion Blood Drive

WALSENBURG –  American Legion Blood Drive will be on the 8th of February located in the Huerfano Community Center 928 Russell St. Walsenburg. On the 9th of February in the same building American Legion Post 16 will be holding their monthly meeting at 6p.m. We are hoping to see all of your smiling faces at these two functions.

Fox Walsenburg Chili Competition & Big Game Watch Party

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

LAS ANIMAS  

Free COVID-19 testing on Sundays

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

Call for artists: Carnegie Library Art Wall

TRINIDAD  — The Art Wall at the library has been a bit dormant since the pandemic hit, but with more and more visitors coming to the library, it’s time to remind everyone about this free resource. We have about fifteen linear feet of wall space with a very high ceiling. It’s equipped with a great hanging system. We will provide a custom-designed poster and description cards for the individual pieces. We will also help with promotion via our social media, website and email, and we will notify the local newspapers of your exhibit. There is absolutely no commission or fees of any kind, and sales will be by direct communication between the artist and the buyer. Exhibits are one month long, starting on the first of every month.
If you are interested in showing your work here, contact Tom Potter at 719-846-6841 or  tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov, or just come on into the library and ask to speak with him.
Nationally Recognized Team
to Visit Noah’s Ark

TRINIDAD  — Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association has been selected to be part of the Jordan’s Way 50-state tour to help raise awareness and funds needed for medical needs of Noah’s Ark shelter animals and community programs, such as spay/neuter & low-cost vaccines.
Jordan’s Way is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that hosts 4-hour fun-filled, live Facebook fundraisers at animal rescues and shelters across the country. Founded by Kris Rotonda to honor his best friend, a shelter dog named Jordan, Kris and his team have helped more than 250 shelters in over 40 states raise over $250 million since January. Kris and Jordan’s Way have been featured on The Hallmark Channel, the Dodo, and on local news stations across America. You can learn more about them on their website, www.JordansWayTour.com.
Kris and his team will be visiting Noah’s Ark on Thursday, January 27th from 6p.m. to 10p.m., and everyone in the community is invited to be a part of the fun! The fundraising goal is to raise $15K and to have a ton of fun doing so! That’s where everyone within the Trinidad community can play a HUGE role!
Donate directly to the fundraiser by visiting the Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association page on Facebook and clicking on the pinned post, stop by 224 N. Chestnut St. in Trinidad, CO, and make a donation during the live feed on January 27th from 6pm to 10pm, or pre-pledge  a business or donor match, agreeing to match monetary milestones during the live feed by calling 719-680-2385.
All the shelter cats, dogs, kittens & puppies hope everyone in the community will tune in to all of the adventures during the live event on Noah’s Ark’s Facebook page this Thursday!

Sharpen your feminist thinking with the Philosopher’s Toolkit

TRINIDAD  — Susanne van der Meer is a certified Philosophical Practitioner, MA Continental Philosophy. Philosophical ideas and methods help us to deepen our meaning-making in everyday life. She has been co-hosting a monthly Philosophy Cafe at the Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad for a while now, and beginning on Jan. 27, she will begin hosting a series of four workshops on philosophy and feminism on the Trinidad State Campus in room Berg 401 every other Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m.
This series will cover topics ranging from oppressive thinking hats, autonomy and paternalism to feminist ethics and cultural diversity.
There is no cost for this series, but registration is required. Please call Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or email donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

Tetris League at Grandma’s House

TRINIDAD  — The grand tradition of TETRIS LEAGUE has come to Trinidad. The first one was amazing, let’s keep it going!
Here’s the breakdown…
Rounds are head-to-head, an eye for an eye, manno-e-manno. Each round lasts 3 minutes (or until a player tops out, which is an automatic loss). Player with the most lines after 3 minutes wins the round. One extra minute overtime if number of lines is tied after 3 minutes.
The version of Tetris we use is the SNES “Tetris & Dr. Mario” release. It has an excellent versus mode. Note that clearing 2-4 lines will add “garbage” to the bottom of your opponent’s screen.
This double elimination bracket style tournament will be Tuesday, Feb. 1.  Sign up starts at 6 p.m., blocks fall at 7pm. $5 to enter. First place gets 80% of the pot, second place gets 20%.  All ages may enter the tournament, and heckling is highly encouraged!
Wanna practice on the system we use before the big show? Cool! The consoles live at Grandma’s House. You can go anytime. Grab a beer and ask your friendly bartender to hook up the SNES.

Colfax
Lake activity closed through Jan 31

COLFAX  — Sugarite Canyon State Park has suspended lake activities because of thin ice. Both Lake Maloya and Lake Alice are temporarily closed through Jan 31 because of the unsafe conditions. The Lake Alice Campground remains open on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information, call 575-445-5607. Stage II Fire Restrictions are also in place.  Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited. The use of devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three (3) feet of the device. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

Free Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Bus

COLFAX  — On January 28th from 10a.m. – 6p.m., a mobile Vaccine Bus will be in Raton at the Convention Center at 901 S 3rd St. There will be primary doses and boosters for the Pfizer vaccine available for individuals aged 12+ and primary doses of Pfizer for everyone else.
The vaccine is FREE, no ID necessary, no insurance necessary. For more detailed information on the Vax Mobile Schedule and services, visit goodtimes.vaccinenm.org

Casting Call for Bugsy Malone Jr

COLFAX  — Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts Raton Youth Theatre is gearing up for a Spring production of Bugsy Malone JR.  The show’s Director is Beki Laird, the Musical Director is Clint Henson, and Wanda Henson is assisting both Directors.
Casting call will be held Thursday & Friday, February 3rd & 4th at 6p.m., rehearsal should begin on Monday, February 7th.
Note: Rehearsal &/or production dates subject to change due to COVID restrictions/infection rates, and the entire show will be postponed/canceled if there aren’t enough participants to fill the roles at this time.
The cast list for this show calls for 25-50+ people, so everyone from Kindergarten to College is encouraged to participate –
No previous experience necessary and everyone who comes to the casting call will be in the show if you want to be.
It is a musical, but we are not professional singers & dancers – the goal is to have fun.  Don’t be scared!!
Backstage crew and lots of extras are also needed, so tell all your friends and spread the word – you don’t want to miss out on this exciting production!!
For more information or to make alternative arrangements to be involved if you can’t make it on Feb. 3rd or 4th – call or text Beki @ 254-716-9642.  Email is fine, too: Imbeki2@gmail.com

Classifieds for January 20, 2022

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Cooking Matters for Adults

OUR WORLD –  Cooking matters for adults. Join us virtually and let’s cook a meal together! Food to cook the recipe is provided weekly and this course is offered at no cost.
Learn about healthy eating, nutrition, kitchen safety, and shopping on a budget. Virtual class begins on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
To sign up, contact (719) 845-0463 by Feb. 8th.

Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Lopez visits Walsenburg

OUR WORLD –  Greg Lopez, Republican Candidate for Governor, will be in town on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 from noon to 2:30 at 521 Main Street.  Come out and see for yourself what he has to say and ask questions.  The public is welcome!  Questions?  Call Marcy Freeburg 719-252-5167.

Rep. Boebert’s mobile office hours

OUR WORLD –  On Monday, Jan. 24, staff from Rep. Lauren Boebert’s office will be available at the La Veta Community Center at 131 E. Ryus Ave from 3-4 p.m. to allow constituents to request assistance with a federal agency, like veterans having trouble with the VA, travelers having difficulties applying for a passport, taxpayers being harassed by the IRS, and senior citizens having issues with Social Security or Medicare. Additionally, constituents are invited to come to the office hours to express their viewpoints on legislative issues and have their voice heard.

CDPHE Mobile Vaccine Bus Schedule

OUR WORLD –  Dates and times are subject to change.
Flu and COVID Vaccine onboard (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)
Jan. 22nd – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. -Primero School –  https://weston-122-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 23rd -10 a.m. – 6 p.m.-  City Hall Trinidad https://trinidad-123-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 24th – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – La Veta School – https://laveta-124-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 24th – Gardner Community Center
More to come.

ROAR For Relay for Life Valentine Baking Palooza

OUR WORLD –  A Valentine’s Baking Palooza Fundraiser! Call Kendra today to reserve your delicious homemade yummy by Wednesday, Feb. 9th. Delivery afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 13 or pick up on Monday, Feb. 14 in Walsenburg. Delivery & pick up after 1:30p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14 in Trinidad. Payment can be taken at time of delivery or you can pay beforehand at Corradino Auto Body at 124 N. Maple St. in Trinidad or Farm Bureau at 713 Walsen Ave in Walsenburg.
For more details, contact Kendra Doherty at (719) 680 – 0693 or (719) 946 – 5510

HUERFANO

Parks and Trails volunteer opportunities

WALSENBURG –  Dustin Stambaugh, Walsenburg City Administrator, and Brad Rice, Walsenburg Parks Manager, have asked La Veta Trails to co-host two clean-up opportunities in Walsenburg this spring. La Veta Trails is thrilled to support these clean-up events.
We will host a Walsenburg Volunteer Sign-up Event in the next 2-3 weeks. Volunteers will be required to fill out a Volunteer Form and sign a liability waiver.  If you would like to get onto the list of Walsenburg Volunteers to receive emails from La Veta Trails, or if you would like your place of business to help host a volunteer sign-up event, email Marilyn Russell at russellm99992gmail.com.

E-Sports coming soon to Fox

WALSENBURG –  The Fox Theatre recently purchased SIX gaming PC’s to start a program. Are you interested in playing? Complete the form at the following link and they’ll be in touch. Spread the word. Also, you can play eSports in college now!
Please contact Mike at (719) 890-4292 or email me at mike@foxtheatrewalsenburg.org to learn more.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9zj-FJQ2oWzDo7XhjnRtxdFhVabB40-6Sj1QKxA3nnAPcjw/viewform

Walsenburg Fox Weekend movie

WALSENBURG –  Our weekend movie is “Spiderman: No Way Home,” rated PG-13.  With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
$7.00 for adults
$6.00 for students and teachers
$5.00 for children (age 5 to 12) and seniors
Movie showtimes are  Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

New hours at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) in La Veta has changed the days and hours the SPACe Gallery is open. During January, SPACe is only open on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Beginning Feb. 3, the gallery will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Artwork for the annual Members’ Show will be accepted at that time. Memberships start at $30 for individuals. Visit the SPACe website at spanishpeaksarts.org for more information. You can now text messages to SPACe at 719 890-0573 or call 719 742-3074. The Gallery is located in the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus.

Spanish Peaks Library storytime and expanded hours

WALSENBURG –  This Friday, Jan. 21, we will be having a snow storytime.  We will have some fun snow activities including making snowmen with pretend snow.  The fun will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  If you have questions, you may contact Ms. Sherry at 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.
Also, I am happy to report that our library has expanded its hours!  We are now open M – W from 10  a.m. to 6  p.m., Th – F from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and  Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  We hope to see you soon.

LV Playground Initiative meeting

LA VETA — Join us on Sunday, Jan. 23rd from 2-4p.m. at La Veta Community Center at 131 E. Ryus for a public meeting of the La Veta Playground Initiative, a collaboration by the Town of La Veta, La Veta Trails and La Veta Public Library.
Our vision is to engage the community in building a new safe, multi-generational, inclusive playground to meet the needs of residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. We value the community’s input and invite you to attend this public forum.
We are asking for community input to build a new playground with outdoor fitness stations in the La Veta Town Park for all generations! Please visit the town park and see the current state of equipment and site locations prior to this meeting. The Master Plan can be viewed on the town’s website: https://townoflaveta-co.gov/
For reference, the equipment location proposal can be found on page 23.

Huerfano County Water Conservancy District Board  Meeting

HUERFANO –  The January board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell St, on Monday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m.
The draft agenda for the meeting can be found on the district’s website: www.hcwcd.net

Movie at La Veta Public Library

LA VETA — Join us at La Veta Library on Thursday, Jan. 27th at 2 p.m. for a “movie date”.  For our first offering of the new year we will feature “Stillwater” starring Matt Damon. Variety magazine called this dramatic thriller “incredible and absolutely brilliant”. It is the story of an oil rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to France to exonerate his daughter who is serving a life sentence in jail for a murder she did not commit. Great performances and a timely topic make for great entertainment.  Free refreshments!

The Punk Club: Full STEAM Ahead!

LA VETA — Science. Technology. Engineering. Arts. Math. STEAM! The After-school STEAM Program at LVPL 310 S. Main Street will begin Monday, Jan. 17th.
A collaboration with Two Peaks Fitness and La Veta Public Library to offer weekly youth after school STEAM programming at LVPL 310 S. Main Street. Each week we will have a different STEAM based program. Please join us after school until 5:30 for fun activities and learning!
PreK-3rd grade Mondays 4-5:30 p.m.
4th-7th grade Tuesdays 4-5:30 p.m.
PreK must have an adult or older sibling with them for assistance.
Support the STEAM After School Club by fulfilling our wish list. You can sort this list by priority to see which supplies are most in need. Thank you for supporting the community youth!
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1QU1QRIO5IXQ5?ref_=wl_share

Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

WALSENBURG –  Have you ever wanted to play as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, Lady Galadriel, Geralt of Rivia from the Witcher, or Conan the Barbarian? Sign up now to learn how to play the world’s best roleplaying game!
Join Dungeon Master Keith Hershey Jr. and learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons! This class is an introductory D&D class. It covers the basics to help you get started. It teaches you what all the funny-looking dice are for, how to create a character, and gives you a small example of what gameplay is like.
The next workshop will take place on Jan. 21 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Small World Gaming Lounge at 725b Main St. in Walsenburg, directly behind CS Stylings.
Registration is $5 per person.  Required items: Pencil, and a set of roleplaying dice. Player’s Handbook 5e is strongly recommended.
Space is first come, first serve. You can pay with cash on the day of the event if space is available, or register online to reserve your spot at https://roleplayingterrain.com/shop/ols/products/introduction-to-dd

Call for Players D&D 5E Campaign

WALSENBURG –  You currently live a meager mundane life but often dream of becoming an adventurer. The day is waning and dusk is upon you. You are torn from your daydreams, hearing sound of people screaming, buildings burning, and the sounds of people running past you. “The Dragovar Empire is upon us!’
The Dragovar Empire is an empire to the North with which your kingdom of Moldavia is currently at war. They are an empire ruled by a council of chromatic  dragons that command thousands of Dragonborn troops. You find yourself running away from the sounds of battle to find some safety and end up at the docks. Many ships are fleeing but there is one getting ready to set sail.  A stern-looking tabaxi looks at you and says “Well! Are you coming?”
-Starts Jan. 28, and runs every Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
– Looking for 5-6 committed players until the end of April.
-Sessions are $10 and miniatures, 3D terrain, and custom content are provided.

Exhibition extended at MoF

WALSENBURG –  The Exhibition Joseph Slusky & Katie Hawkinson Collaborations and Tangents is extended through Jan. 31, 2021. Also during the month of January the museum and Made in Walsenburg Gift Shop will be open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Call 719-738-2858 for more info or to make an appointment.  For school-tour visits, email your preferred dates and times to: info@museumoffriends.org or visit: www.museumoffriends.org

LAS ANIMAS  

Free COVID-19 testing on Sundays

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

Call for artists: Carnegie Library Art Wall

TRINIDAD  — The Art Wall at the library has been a bit dormant since the pandemic hit, but with more and more visitors coming to the library, it’s time to remind everyone about this free resource. We have about fifteen linear feet of wall space with a very high ceiling. It’s equipped with a great hanging system. We will provide a custom-designed poster and description cards for the individual pieces. We will also help with promotion via our social media, website and email, and we will notify the local newspapers of your exhibit. There is absolutely no commission or fees of any kind, and sales will be by direct communication between the artist and the buyer. Exhibits are one month long, starting on the first of every month.
If you are interested in showing your work here, contact Tom Potter at 719-846-6841 or  tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov, or just come on into the library and ask to speak with him.

Virtual events to support Fox West

TRINIDAD  — The general public is invited to two virtual events in support of the historic Fox West Theatre of Trinidad, Colorado, to be held via Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The first event, an information session and community forum, will be hosted by the Fox West Theatre Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and will include discussion of recent rehabilitation efforts as supported by History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. This event will be hosted by Jay Gillespie, a noted entertainer from Trinidad, Colorado.
The second event features Wendy Waszut-Barrett, PhD, of Historic Stage Services, one of the preeminent scholars of historic theatre systems and large-scale artworks used as stage scenery during the early 1900s. This lecture is presented as part of Trinidad State College’s Visiting Artists Lecture Series and will feature a survey of Dr. Barrett’s preservation efforts at the Theatre including the clean-up of pigeon waste and other contaminants from each piece of scenery, drop and curtain with funds provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.
These events will be held via Zoom; participants are encouraged to attend using the links below. Additionally, these meetings will be broadcast via the Fox West Theatre’s YouTube and Facebook pages, where they will be recorded and made available to general public.
At 4 p.m., there will be the Information Session and Community Forum. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89148208818
At 7 p.m., there will be the Trinidad State College Visiting Artists Lecture Series: Wendy Waszut-Barrett https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87341105235

Open positions on local boards

TRINIDAD  — The Trinidad City Council is accepting Citizen Interest Forms from citizens within Las Animas County to fill the following vacancies:
Four (4) on the Arts & Culture Advisory Commission;
Five (5) on the Parks & Reaction Advisory Committee;
One (1) on the City Tourism Board; and
One (1) on the Board of Building Code Appeals; and
Two (2) alternates on the Board of Building Code Appeals;
Seven (7) on the Urban Forestry Board;
Three (3) on the Urban Renewal Authority Board; and
One (1) on the Historic Main Street Board.
In order to be considered eligible to serve individuals must be a resident of Las Animas and have resided within the County for not less than one year immediately preceding appointment and must be registered to vote.
Citizen Interest Forms are also being accepted from citizens of the City of Trinidad to fill:
One (1) vacancy on the Planning, Zoning and Variance Commission
Citizen Interest Forms will be accepted at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 135 N. Animas Street or P. O. Box 880, Trinidad, CO 81082, until 12 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2022.
Further information may be obtained by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 846-9843.

Sharpen your feminist thinking with the Philosopher’s Toolkit

TRINIDAD  — Susanne van der Meer is a certified Philosophical Practitioner, MA Continental Philosophy. Philosophical ideas and methods help us to deepen our meaning-making in everyday life. She has been co-hosting a monthly Philosophy Cafe at the Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad for a while now, and beginning on Jan. 27, she will begin hosting a series of four workshops on philosophy and feminism on the Trinidad State Campus in room Berg 401 every other Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m.
This series will cover topics ranging from oppressive thinking hats, autonomy and paternalism to feminist ethics and cultural diversity.
There is no cost for this series, but registration is required. Please call Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or email donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

Tetris League at Grandma’s House

TRINIDAD  — The grand tradition of TETRIS LEAGUE has come to Trinidad. The first one was amazing, let’s keep it going!
Here’s the breakdown…
Rounds are head-to-head, an eye for an eye, manno-e-manno. Each round lasts 3 minutes (or until a player tops out, which is an automatic loss). Player with the most lines after 3 minutes wins the round. One extra minute overtime if number of lines is tied after 3 minutes.
The version of Tetris we use is the SNES “Tetris & Dr. Mario” release. It has an excellent versus mode. Note that clearing 2-4 lines will add “garbage” to the bottom of your opponent’s screen.
This double elimination bracket style tournament will be Tuesday, Feb. 1.  Sign up starts at 6 p.m., blocks fall at 7pm. $5 to enter. First place gets 80% of the pot, second place gets 20%.  All ages may enter the tournament, and heckling is highly encouraged!
Wanna practice on the system we use before the big show? Cool! The consoles live at Grandma’s House. You can go anytime. Grab a beer and ask your friendly bartender to hook up the SNES.

Colfax
Lake activity closed through Jan 31

COLFAX  — Sugarite Canyon State Park has suspended lake activities because of thin ice. Both Lake Maloya and Lake Alice are temporarily closed through Jan 31 because of the unsafe conditions. The Lake Alice Campground remains open on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information, call 575-445-5607. Stage II Fire Restrictions are also in place.  Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited. The use of devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three (3) feet of the device. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

Upcoming Events for January 13, 2022

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Help with disaster relief in Boulder County

OUT OF OUR WORLD – The Missions Chapel and Disaster Relief Distribution Center / America’s Disaster Relief is collecting – gift cards or cash donations for the catastrophic wildfires in Boulder.
From 20 years of experience, we have learned every disaster is different and the location also makes a difference — right now people need cash and gift cards. Their insurance will kick in in a few weeks/months to a small amount – they are at present in shelters being fed and watered, toiletries are being provided. WHAT they really need are clothes and shoes for work – some office work, some blue-collar – but work clothes Children are going to need school clothes & shoes.
Gift cards are the best option right now – they have no place to store things.
Jan France – COO said, “We have already helped provide needed meds, and formula/bottles for some little ones – from funds that have come in through our website…This happened right after Christmas – between pay-checks, many no funds in the bank… Several in town should know us – we have assisted in many ways following the Spring Fire…***
Every $10. will help – just give something.”
www.WCDisasterRelief.org
OR Mail to:
America’s Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 354
Cimarron, CO 81220
*** Following the Spring Fire – The Colorado Division of America’s Disaster Relief delivered two (2) truckloads of household items & $750 in gift cards to cover other needs not provided. These items and gift cards came from donations from those who cared.

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Death Café

OUR WORLD –  Death Cafés have helped to relax the taboo of speaking about death, particularly with strangers, and encouraged people to express their own wishes regarding the dying process and/or beliefs about what may occur after they die. The open-ended discussions may also provide an avenue to express thoughts about one’s own life that may be stirred up by the death of a family member, loved one or acquaintance.
In this time of Covid, death has touched everyone’s life overtly or covertly. Come join in philosophical discussions that range from concepts of reincarnation to trending green burials.  There is no agenda, and more importantly, no judgements, only thoughtful and thought-provoking discussions around End-of-life issues.
Interested?  Join us on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 2p.m.  This month that is Jan. 26th.  Until Covid is tamed we will be meeting by Zoom only.  https://zoom.us/j/91891923683 If you want more information about Death Café www.deathcafe.com  or contact Sandy Dolak; sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com

CDPHE Mobile Vaccine Bus Schedule for January 2022

OUR WORLD –  Dates and times are subject to change.
Flu and COVID Vaccine onboard (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)
Jan. 13th –10 a.m.–6 p.m. -Walsenburg Safeway- https://walsenburg-jan13-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 15th –10 a.m. – 6 p.m.- City Hall Trinidad – https://trinidad-115-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 22nd – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. -Primero School –  https://weston-122-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 23rd -10 a.m. – 6 p.m.-  City Hall Trinidad https://trinidad-123-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 24th – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – La Veta School – https://laveta-124-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 24th – Gardner Community Center
More to come.

HUERFANO

E-Sports coming soon to Fox

WALSENBURG –  The Fox Theatre recently purchased SIX gaming PC’s to start a program. Are you interested in playing? Complete the form at the following link and they’ll be in touch. Spread the word. Also, you can play eSports in college now!
Please contact Mike at (719) 890-4292 or email me at mike@foxtheatrewalsenburg.org to learn more.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9zj-FJQ2oWzDo7XhjnRtxdFhVabB40-6Sj1QKxA3nnAPcjw/viewform

Walsenburg Fox Weekend Movie

WALSENBURG –  Our weekend movie is “Sing 2,” rated PG with a run time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Buster Moon and his friends must persuade reclusive rock star Clay Calloway to join them for the opening of a new show.
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson
$7.00 for adults
$6.00 for students and teachers
$5.00 for children (age 5 to 12) and seniors
Movie showtimes are  Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Spanish Peaks Library expands hours

WALSENBURG – In order to better serve the communities of Huerfano County, The Spanish Peaks Library District is pleased to announce expanded hours.
The Walsenburg Library is now open:
Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday,  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Mindfulness group at LV Library

LA VETA — Learning to live mindfully is a lifetime process and is best done with the support of others who are also on a mindful path. The focus will be on developing a greater capacity for living mindfully. Given the stressors of everyday life, it is important to have support and resources to assist us in being truly present to whatever life may bring.
Tools include meditation; conscious breathing; ways to approach difficult feeling thoughts, stories, perceptions and emotions; being aware of and kind to our bodies; and discussing ways to be in Presence and compassionate with ourselves and others.
Please feel free to join us weekly as we explore this journey together Thursdays from 10 – 11:30 a.m. It’s free. Come when you can. Please bring masks.
Questions? Please email vonstep@ecentral.com or TrustingOurInnerLight@gmail.com.

Movie at La Veta Public Library

LA VETA — Join us at La Veta Library on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. for a “movie date”.  For our first offering of the new year we will feature “Stillwater” starring Matt Damon. Variety magazine called this dramatic thriller “incredible and absolutely brilliant”. It is the story of an oil rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to France to exonerate his daughter who is serving a life sentence in jail for a murder she did not commit. Great performances and a timely topic make for great entertainment.  Free refreshments!

The Punk Club: Full STEAM Ahead!
LA VETA — The After-school STEAM Program at LVPL 310 S. Main Street will begin Monday, Jan. 17th.
Each week we will have a different STEAM based program. Please join us after school until 5:30 for fun activities and learning!
PreK-3rd grade Mondays 4-5:30 p.m.
4th-7th grade Tuesdays 4-5:30 p.m.
PreK must have an adult or older sibling with them for assistance.
Support the STEAM After School Club by fulfilling our wish list! You can sort this list by priority to see which supplies are most in need. Thank you for supporting the community youth!
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1QU1QRIO5IXQ5?ref_=wl_share

Trivia at Second Street Bar & Grill hosted by Ann of Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG –  Gather a team and come on out to the Second Street Bar & Grill on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. to join your favorite librarians for a night of trivia!
Five rounds, 10 questions each round.
Each question is worth one point.
Teams are allowed up to six members.
Questions are read aloud and teams write down the answers, turning answers in at the end of each round.
The team with the most points after five rounds is the winner.
Use of cell phones/tablets/devices is forbidden.
There is no charge to participate in trivia.
Bring your SPLD card to earn bonus points for your team!
Topics are:
#1 – Miscellaneous Facts
#2 – Food & Drink
#3 – Geography
#4 – Dead Celebrities (Visual)
#5 – Animals

Fun Friday Sledding at Cuchara Mountain Park with Moss Adventure

WALSENBURG –  The next field trip adventure for Two Peaks Fitness Fun Fridays will be sledding in Cuchara Mountain Park on Jan. 21, 10a.m, – 4p.m., is being sponsored by Moss Adventures. Moss Adventures is covering the $15 registration fee for the first 25 kids that register, and will be on the mountain with Jeff Moss and Shayne Young to represent them.
You must register no later than Wednesday, Jan. 19 so we can arrange chaperones and transportation to the mountain park. Register at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St, weekdays 9 a.m. to 12 noon, or 3-6 p.m.

Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

WALSENBURG –  Have you ever wanted to play as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, Lady Galadriel, Geralt of Rivia from the Witcher, or Conan the Barbarian? Sign up now to learn how to play the world’s best roleplaying game!
Join Dungeon Master Keith Hershey Jr. and learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons! This class is an introductory D&D class. It covers the basics to help you get started. It teaches you what all the funny-looking dice are for, how to create a character, and gives you a small example of what gameplay is like.
The next workshop will take place on Jan. 21 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Small World Gaming Lounge at 725b Main St. in Walsenburg, directly behind CS Stylings.
Registration for this class is $5 per person. Please visit the website linked below to reserve your spot1 Space is first come, first serve. You can pay with cash on the day of the event if space is available.
Required items: Pencil, and a set of roleplaying dice. Player’s Handbook 5e is strongly recommended.
https://roleplayingterrain.com/shop/ols/products/introduction-to-dd

Call for Players D&D 5E Campaign

WALSENBURG –  You currently live a meager mundane life but often dream of becoming an adventurer. The day is waning and dusk is upon you. You are torn from your daydreams, hearing sound of people screaming, buildings burning, and the sounds of people running past you. “The Dragovar Empire is upon us!’
The Dragovar Empire is an empire to the North which your kingdom of Moldavia is currently at war with. they are an empire ruled by a council of chromatic  dragons that command thousands of Dragonborn troops.
You find yourself running away from the sounds of battle to find some safety and end up at the docks. Many ships are fleeing but there is one getting ready to ser sail. A stern-looking tabaxi looks at you and says “Well! Are you coming?”
-Starts Jan. 24, and runs every Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
– Looking for 5-6 committed players until the end of April.
-Sessions only cost $10 and miniatures, 3D terrain, and custom content are provided.

Exhibition extended at MoF

WALSENBURG –  The Exhibition Joseph Slusky & Katie Hawkinson Collaborations and Tangents is extended through Jan. 31, 2021. Also during the month of January the museum and Made in Walsenburg Gift Shop will be open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Call 719-738-2858 for more info or to make an appointment.  For school-tour visits, email your preferred dates and times to: info@museumoffriends.org or visit: www.museumoffriends.org

LAS ANIMAS  

Virtual events to support Fox West Theatre

TRINIDAD  — The general public is invited to two virtual events in support of the historic Fox West Theatre of Trinidad, Colorado, to be held via Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The first event, an information session and community forum, will be hosted by the Fox West Theatre Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and will include discussion of recent rehabilitation efforts as supported by History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. This event will be hosted by Jay Gillespie, a noted entertainer from Trinidad, Colorado.
The second event features Wendy Waszut-Barrett, PhD, of Historic Stage Services, one of the preeminent scholars of historic theatre systems and large-scale artworks used as stage scenery during the early 1900s. This lecture is presented as part of Trinidad State College’s Visiting Artists Lecture Series and will feature a survey of Dr. Barrett’s preservation efforts at the Theatre including the clean-up of pigeon waste and other contaminants from each piece of scenery, drop and curtain with funds provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.
These events will be held via Zoom; participants are encouraged to attend using the links below. Additionally, these meetings will be broadcast via the Fox West Theatre’s YouTube and Facebook pages, where they will be recorded and made available to general public.
At 4 p.m., there will be the Information Session and Community Forum. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89148208818
At 7 p.m., there will be the Trinidad State College Visiting Artists Lecture Series: Wendy Waszut-Barrett https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87341105235

Open Positions on Local Boards

TRINIDAD  — The Trinidad City Council is accepting Citizen Interest Forms from citizens within Las Animas County to fill the following vacancies:
Four (4) on the Arts & Culture Advisory Commission;
Five (5) on the Parks & Reaction Advisory Committee;
One (1) on the City Tourism Board; and
One (1) on the Board of Building Code Appeals; and
Two (2) alternates on the Board of Building Code Appeals;
Seven (7) on the Urban Forestry Board;
Three (3) on the Urban Renewal Authority Board; and
One (1) on the Historic Main Street Board.
In order to be considered eligible to serve individuals must be a resident of Las Animas and have resided within the County for not less than one year immediately preceding appointment and must be registered to vote.
Citizen Interest Forms are also being accepted from citizens of the City of Trinidad to fill:
One (1) vacancy on the Planning, Zoning and Variance Commission
Citizen Interest Forms will be accepted at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 135 N. Animas Street or P. O. Box 880, Trinidad, CO 81082, until 12 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2022.
Further information may be obtained by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 846-9843.

Colfax

Lake activity now closed at Sugarite

COLFAX  — As of Sunday, Jan. 2, Sugarite Canyon State Park has suspended lake activities because of thin ice. Both Lake Maloya and Lake Alice are temporarily closed because of the unsafe conditions. The Lake Alice Campground remains open on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information, call 575-445-5607.

Colfax Republican Party calls for caucuses, central committee, & convention

COLFAX  — Call is hereby made for Ward Caucuses of the Republican Party of Colfax County to be held Jan. 15, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Raton Convention Center, Bruce King Room located at 901 South 3rd Street, Raton, New Mexico 87740 to elect ward delegates to the Colfax County Pre-Primary County Convention
The call for the County Central Committee Meeting of the Republican Party of Colfax County will be held the same day, same place at 1:30 p.m in order to: affirm temporary roll of delegates to the pre-primary county convention, select temporary officers for the pre-primary county convention, and consider any other proper business.
The call for the Pre-Primary County Convention of the Republican Party of Colfax County will be held the same day, same place at 2 p.m. in order to: elect six (6) delegates to the Republican State Pre-Primary Convention, to be held Feb. 26, 2022, in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Kerosene Drifters at Gate City bar

RATON  — Rooted in rock + a love affair with blues and country, Kerosene Drifters bring their brand of Drifter Rock to the Texas music scene.
Catch them live  on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Gate City Craft Bar in Raton!

Upcoming Events for January 6, 2022

out of our world

Help with disaster relief in Boulder County

OUT OF OUR WORLD – The Missions Chapel and Disaster Relief Distribution Center / America’s Disaster Relief is collecting – gift cards or cash donations for the catastrophic wildfires in Boulder.
From 20 years of experience, we have learned every disaster is different and the location also makes a difference — right now people need cash and gift cards. Their insurance will kick in in a few weeks/months to a small amount – they are at present in shelters being fed and watered, toiletries are being provided. WHAT they really need are clothes and shoes for work – some office work, some blue-collar – but work clothes Children are going to need school clothes & shoes.
Gift cards are the best option right now – they have no place to store things.
Jan France – COO said, “We have already helped provide needed meds, and formula/bottles for some little ones – from funds that have come in through our website…This happened right after Christmas – between pay-checks, many no funds in the bank… Several in town should know us – we have assisted in many ways following the Spring Fire…***
Every $10. will help – just give something.”
www.WCDisasterRelief.org
OR Mail to:
America’s Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 354
Cimarron, CO 81220
*** Following the Spring Fire – The Colorado Division of America’s Disaster Relief delivered two (2) truckloads of household items & $750 in gift cards to cover other needs not provided. These items and gift cards came from donations from those who cared.

throughout our world

CDPHE Mobile Vaccine Bus Schedule
for January 2022

OUR WORLD –  Dates and times are subject to change.
Flu and COVID Vaccine onboard (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)
Jan. 4th – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Trinidad City Hall – https://trinidad-14-cdphe-mvu7.youcanbook.me/
Jan. 6th –10 a.m. – 6 p.m. -Walsenburg Safeway- https://walsenburg-16-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me/
Jan. 9th –10 a.m. – 6 p.m.- Hoehne Community Center – https://trinidad-19-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 10th –10 a.m. – 6 p.m.- Kim School – https://kim-110-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 13th –10 a.m.–6 p.m. -Walsenburg Safeway- https://walsenburg-jan13-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 15th –10 a.m. – 6 p.m.- City Hall Trinidad – https://trinidad-115-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 22nd – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. -Primero School –  https://weston-122-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 23rd -10 a.m. – 6 p.m.-  City Hall Trinidad https://trinidad-123-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 24th – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – La Veta School – https://laveta-124-cdphe-mvu14.youcanbook.me
Jan. 24th – Gardner Community Center
More to come.

PW Southeast Region Sportsperson’s Caucus to discuss how hunting licenses are allocated

OUR WORLD –  Sportspersons from across Colorado are invited to Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Southeast Region Sportsperson’s Caucus for updates on a variety of issues important to hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.
The featured topic will be allocation of big game hunting licenses.
“CPW is examining its current big game allocation policies,” said CPW Southeast Region Manager Brett Ackerman. “This caucus discussion will be part of our thorough and comprehensive outreach to stakeholders to determine the path forward.”
Ackerman will also provide an update on CPW’s wolf reintroduction efforts and he’ll discuss recent staff changes within the Southeast Region. Also, CPW biologists will provide updates on aquatics and terrestrial sections.
The virtual-only caucus is scheduled 6-8p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. It will be streamed live, online, via CPW’s statewide Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CoParksWildlife.

Grief Support Group

OUR WORLD –  Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice will offer a Grief Support Group via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12th.  It will be facilitated by Val Stepien, LCSW, “retired” after many years of hospice experience.  The group is free and open to anyone in any stage of their grief journey.  Again, with Covid concerns, this month it will be zoom only.  Zoom sign:  https://zoom.us/i/95686445697 or contact Sandy Dolak 719-251-1271.
Death Café will be on the 4th Wednesday Jan. 26th; more information to follow.

HUERFANO

Walsenburg Fox Weekend Movie

WALSENBURG –  Our weekend movie is “The King’s Man,” Rated R with a run time of two hours, eleven minutes.
As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man.
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans
Tickets are:
$7.00 for adults
$6.00 for students and teachers
$5.00 for children (age 5 to 12) and seniors
Movie showtimes are  Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Spanish Peaks Library expands hours

WALSENBURG – In order to better serve the communities of Huerfano County, The Spanish Peaks Library District is pleased to announce expanded hours.
Starting Monday, Jan. 3rd the Walsenburg Library will be open:
Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday,  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

LA VETA — What is the Camino de Santiago? Where is it, and why would anyone want walk it?
Greg and his wife Lisa have walked the ancient pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain two times. Come learn the what, where, when, why and how of the Camino as Greg tells of their experiences along the way and explains what you need to do to undertake this once in a lifetime journey yourself. This program will be at 2 p.m. on Jan. 6 at La Veta Library. The program will be repeated at 11 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Walsenburg library.

Mindfulness group at LV Library

LA VETA — Learning to live mindfully is a lifetime process and is best done with the support of others who are also on a mindful path. The focus will be on developing a greater capacity for living mindfully. Given the stressors of everyday life, it is important to have support and resources to assist us in being truly present to whatever life may bring.
Tools include meditation; conscious breathing; ways to approach difficult feeling thoughts, stories, perceptions and emotions; being aware of and kind to our bodies; and discussing ways to be in Presence and compassionate with ourselves and others.
Please feel free to join us weekly as we explore this journey together Thursdays from 10 – 11:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 6. It’s free. Come when you can. Please bring masks.
Questions? Please email vonstep@ecentral.com or TrustingOurInnerLight@gmail.com.

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

LA VETA —Some crazy things have happened in the last few months that caused us not to have our construction storytime!  We are going to try again for this Friday, Jan. 7.  The fun will be from 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.  Also, I am happy to report that our library has expanded its hours!  We are now open M – W from 10a.m. to 6p.m., Th – F from 10a.m. to 4p.m. and  Sunday from 1p.m. to 5p.m.  We hope to see you soon.

Be a Friend of the Library

HUERFANO — The Friends of the Spanish Peaks Library District will have their first meeting of the year on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 at 1 p.m. If you love books and reading, please join us and find out how you can become involved. Meetings take place at the library located at 415 Walsen Avenue, Walsenburg, CO. All are welcome.

American Legion Meeting

WALSENBURG –  The American Legion will hold their meeting on Jan. 12th at 6 p.m. at the Huerfano Community Center 928 Russell St. Walsenburg
Stay tuned for updates on a Blood Drive next month!

Movie at LVPL

LA VETA — Join us at the La Veta Library on Thursday, Jan. 13th at 2 p.m. for a “movie date”.  For our first offering of the new year we will feature “Stillwater” starring Matt Damon. Variety magazine called this dramatic thriller “incredible and absolutely brilliant”. It is the story of an oil rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to France to exonerate his daughter who is serving a life sentence in jail for a murder she did not commit. Great performances and a timely topic make for great entertainment.  Free refreshments!

Exhibition extended at MoF

WALSENBURG –  The Exhibition Joseph Slusky & Katie Hawkinson Collaborations and Tangents is extended through Jan. 31, 2021. Also during the month of January the museum and Made in Walsenburg Gift Shop will be open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Call 719-738-2858 for more info or to make an appointment.  For school-tour visits, email your preferred dates and times to: info@museumoffriends.org or visit: www.museumoffriends.org

LAS ANIMAS  

Joint Legislative Roundtable

TRINIDAD  —  The City of Trinidad City Council and Las Animas County Commissioners are hosting a joint Legislative Roundtable on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at the Trinidad State College Pioneer Room
from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Roundtable will cover community-wide topics such as the Opioid Settlement, Criminal Justice
Issues, impacts to the LAC Human Services, DOLA funding updates, and updates on city and county projects.
This meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. Masks will be required inside the facility. Comments will be limited to the roundtable participants, but the audience is invited to submit written questions for the panelists and presenters. For additional information, please reach out to Victor Gutierrez at (719) 846-9843 ext. 136 or victor.gutierrez@trinidad.co.gov.
If you would like to attend via zoom, go to:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81819959802?pwd=aUN4OWgwOFFaOTN4bFRCUHc4Vy8vQT09
Meeting passcode: 559839

Senior Days at Books & More

TRINIDAD  —  Senior Days at Books & More Bookstore 132 N. Commercial St., Trinidad, CO, are Friday, Jan. 7 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  and Saturday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Most items 50% off.  Phone is 846-8522.

Open mic for all literary souls

TRINIDAD  — The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is pleased to announce its inaugural event for 2022; the Second Saturday Series will begin on Jan. 8. An Open Mic for poets and all literary souls, the Series is hosted by the Creative District on the second Saturday of the month at 210 West Main St. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a  featured writer; the microphone then opens to all to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public.
Kate Kingston, poet, writer and longtime resident of Trinidad will be the featured writer on Jan. 8th. She will read from her most recent series of poems subtitled “In the Time of Covid-19”.  In this book she uses personal memoir to chronicle the past year and the experiences we all share. Three of these poems were selected as semi-finalists in the Pablo Neruda Prize and published in Nimrod International Journal.
Marilyn Leuszler, chair of the Creative Districtsays, “Open mics have been held in conjunction with the Creative District’s annual poetry festival and offer an opportunity for community members to read from their work, whether they are professional or beginning writers. Among those taking part in the past are
authors from age 7 to 70 and from professor to cop. “
This event is sponsored in part by the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District, Trinidad Community Foundation/City of Trinidad Community Grant Program, and Colorado Creative Industries.

Purgatoire River Clean-up

TRINIDAD  —  Join us on Saturday for good times for a good cause along the Purgatoire River! We look forward to seeing you out on the river Saturday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. for a sunny morning along the river, followed by good times and refreshments at Moose’s Pub to keep the ‘Welcome to 2022’ celebration going!
We’ll be meeting at the Safeway parking lot by the flags, and all you need to bring is an enthusiasm for cleaning up your river! You may bring any additional personal protective gear you like, your own water bottle and hat for instance. We bring the rest!
Come enjoy COVID-19 friendly, socially distanced good times along the river – meeting new community members and working together to clean up our river!
At 10 a.m. we’ll hand out supplies, talk COVID-19 safety, and determine a social distancing and small group strategy that feels comfortable for everyone (e.g. small groups no larger than 4-5, with all members of each group working at least 6 feet apart), and start walking the river. You can leave your filled bags along the edge of the Riverwalk, or bring them back to the starting location. The event organizers will check the Riverwalk at the end of the event and collect all bags left along the way.
12 p.m. – We’ll head over to Moose’s for a post-event social and celebration!
Please call us if you have any questions (cell 970-420-1915)!
We look forward to seeing you there!

Philosophy Café

TRINIDAD  —  Join us for the next Philosophy Café on Monday evening, Jan. 10th at 5:00. The topic is: Luck seems simple. Some people “believe” in it and others not, but it can open up conversations about free will/agency, privilege/political knowledge and power/equal opportunities, the ethics of Luck (if I have good luck, does that bring an extra responsibility to share/take care of others with bad luck?).
This will be a remote session via Zoom Meeting. Contact Tom Potter at tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov or call 719-846-6841 to register.

Jeff Crosby with Luke Callen at Trinidad Lounge

TRINIDAD  —  Jeff Crosby and his band along with Luke Callen will be playing at the Trinidad Lounge on Tuesday, Jan. 11th in this new year of 2022. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts around 8. Tickets are $10 and you must be 21 or older to enter.
To learn more, visit www.jeffcrosbymusic.com and www.lukecallen.com
Tickets may be purchased at the following link:
https://jeffcrosbyatthedad.brownpapertickets.com/?fbclid=IwAR2Fei-jJnbXQQbEFb2LoAJlGv4nOQGUVQJ8hakLrGb_4SzxKTqbPlOA-1Y

Open Positions on Local Boards

TRINIDAD  — The Trinidad City Council is accepting Citizen Interest Forms from citizens within Las Animas County to fill the following vacancies:
Four (4) on the Arts & Culture Advisory Commission;
Five (5) on the Parks & Reaction Advisory Committee;
One (1) on the City Tourism Board; and
One (1) on the Board of Building Code Appeals; and
Two (2) alternates on the Board of Building Code Appeals;
Seven (7) on the Urban Forestry Board;
Three (3) on the Urban Renewal Authority Board; and
One (1) on the Historic Main Street Board.
In order to be considered eligible to serve individuals must be a resident of Las Animas and have resided within the County for not less than one year immediately preceding appointment and must be registered to vote.
Citizen Interest Forms are also being accepted from citizens of the City of Trinidad to fill:
One (1) vacancy on the Planning, Zoning and Variance Commission
Citizen Interest Forms will be accepted at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 135 N. Animas Street or P. O. Box 880, Trinidad, CO 81082, until 12 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2022.
Further information may be obtained by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 846-9843.

Colfax

Lake Activity now closed at Sugarite

COLFAX  — As of Sunday, Jan. 2, Sugarite Canyon State Park has suspended lake activities because of thin ice. Both Lake Maloya and Lake Alice are temporarily closed because of the unsafe conditions. The Lake Alice Campground remains open on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information, call 575-445-5607.

Colfax Republican Party calls for caucuses, central committee, & convention

COLFAX  — Call is hereby made for Ward Caucuses of the Republican Party of Colfax County to be held Jan. 15, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Raton Convention Center, Bruce King Room located at 901 South 3rd Street, Raton, New Mexico 87740 to elect ward delegates to the Colfax County Pre-Primary County Convention
The call for the County Central Committee Meeting of the Republican Party of Colfax County will be held the same day, same place at 1:30 p.m in order to: affirm temporary roll of delegates to the pre-primary county convention, select temporary officers for the pre-primary county convention, and consider any other proper business.
The call for the Pre-Primary County Convention of the Republican Party of Colfax County will be held the same day, same place at 2 p.m. in order to: elect six (6) delegates to the Republican State Pre-Primary Convention, to be held Feb. 26, 2022, in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Kerosene Drifters at Gate City bar

RATON  — Rooted in rock + a love affair with blues and country, Kerosene Drifters bring their brand of Drifter Rock to the Texas music scene.
Catch them live  on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Gate City Craft Bar in Raton!

Upcoming Events for December 30, 2021

Throughout our World
New Year’s Mass Schedule for Spanish Peaks Catholic Community

New Year’s Eve Masses, (Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God), Friday, Dec. 31
•  4 p.m.  Sacred Heart, Gardner
•  7 p.m.  St. Anthony of Padua, Aguilar

New Year’s Day Masses,  (Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God), Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022
•  10:30 a.m. St. Mary, Walsenburg
•  12:30 p.m. Christ the King, La Veta

HUERFANO

New location for Free COVID Testing

LA VETA — Starting December 29th, the Free COVID-19 Community Testing in La Veta will take place at the La Veta Fire Protection District, which will allow for indoor testing.

Free Movies at the Fox in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG –  This weekend, there will be three   free family friendly movies shown at the Fox, one each night.
Movie showtimes are  Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Spanish Peaks Library expands hours

WALSENBURG – In order to better serve the communities of Huerfano County, The Spanish Peaks Library District is pleased to announce expanded hours.
Starting Monday, Jan. 3rd the Walsenburg Library will be open:
Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday,  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Community meeting on shooting range

HUERFANO — A community meeting will be held Jan. 5, 2022 at 6p.m.  in the Conference Room at the Huerfano County Community Center (928 Russell Street, Walsenburg CO 81089)  to discuss creation of a public shooting range in Huerfano County.

Free Christmas grief intervention

WALSENBURG  — The Holiday Season can be a really difficult time for people struggling with grief or trauma. If you are having a hard time moving on from the past and would like to try a new way of reframing events, consider coming out to the Walsenburg Community Center on Jan. 5th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Paul Rieker, Clinical Hypnotherapist has been practicing since 1985 and may be able to help you “create future accomplishments with love for those remaining.”
So come on out or get in touch with Paul at (719) 717-0487 or TheRiekerGroup@yahoo.com.  To hear Paul talk about his work, visit https://youtu.be/EhdUKoet6_0

Walking the Camino de Santiago

LA VETA — What is the Camino de Santiago? Where is it, and why would anyone want walk it?
Greg and his wife Lisa have walked the ancient pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain two times. Come learn the what, where, when, why and how of the Camino as Greg tells of their experiences along the way and explains what you need to do to undertake this once in a lifetime journey yourself. This program will be at 2 p.m. on Jan. 6 at La Veta Library. The program will be repeated at 11 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Walsenburg library.
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Be a Friend of the Library

HUERFANO — The Friends of the Spanish Peaks Library District will have their first meeting of the year on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 1p.m. If you love books and reading, please join us and find out how you can become involved. Meetings take place at the library located at 415 Walsen Avenue, Walsenburg, CO. All are welcome.

Martin Gilmore Trio at LV Mercantile

LA VETA — The Martin Gilmore Trio will be playing at the La Veta Mercantile on Jan. 15th at 7 p.m.
The Martin Gilmore Trio (MG3) is a bluegrass and folk music group from Denver, Colorado. Comprised of Martin Gilmore, Nick Amodeo, and Ian Haegele, their sound centers around acoustic bluegrass and folk music, but they stray into jazz, swing, country and blues. They have toured all over the United States and Ireland. $18 advance  $20 day of show

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

WALSENBURG – There will be no storytime on Friday, December 24 as the library will be closed that day.  Storytime will return on Friday, December 31 for a fun New Year’s celebration.  The fun will be from 10:30 – 11:30a.m. at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.

LAS ANIMAS  

PWP Bags & Brews ring in the New Year monthly river cleanup

TRINIDAD  —  Join us on Saturday for good times for a good cause along the Purgatoire River!
We look forward to seeing you out on the river Saturday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. for a sunny New Year’s Day morning along the river, followed by good times and refreshments at noon at Moose’s Pub to keep the ‘Welcome to 2022’ celebration going!
We’ll be meeting at the Safeway parking lot by the flags, and all you need to bring is an enthusiasm for cleaning up your river! We provide trash bags, brand new gloves, factory-sealed bottles of water, brand new safety vests, disinfecting wipes. (if you prefer, you may use your own  protective gear, plus sunscreen hat, mask etc).
Come enjoy COVID-19 friendly, socially distanced good times along the river – meeting new community members and working together to clean up our river!
Please call 970-420-1915 for more info.

Joint Legislative Roundtable

TRINIDAD  —  The City of Trinidad City Council and Las Animas County Commissioners are hosting a joint
Legislative Roundtable on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at the Trinidad State College Pioneer Room
from 9:30a.m. – 12p.m.
The Roundtable will cover community-wide topics such as the Opioid Settlement, Criminal Justice
Issues, impacts to the LAC Human Services, DOLA funding updates, and updates on City and
County projects.
This meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. Masks will be required to be
worn inside the facility. Comments will be limited to the roundtable participants, but the audience is
invited to submit written questions for the panelists and presenters. For additional information,
please reach out to Victor Gutierrez at (719) 846-9843 ext. 136 or victor.gutierrez@trinidad.co.gov.
If you would like to attend via zoom, please use the link below.
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81819959802?pwd=aUN4OWgwOFFaOTN4bFRCUHc4Vy8vQT09

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Bus
TRINIDAD  —  The Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Bus will be at 412 Benedicta Avenue in Trinidad on Thursday and Friday December 30th and 31st from 8a.m. – 6p.m.
We anticipate that the bus will be able to serve approximately 15 individuals per day. Patients can also use the following link to self-schedule list of upcoming available appointments at COMassVax.org
https://covid19.colorado.gov/getting-covid-19-treatment
(Trinidad appointments are listed on pg. 14 for December 30th and on pg. 17 for December 31st)

Mobile Vaccine Bus
TRINIDAD  —  The Mobile Vaccine bus will be at Trinidad City Hall on Thursday, December 30th from 10a.m. – 6p.m.

New Year’s Fake Out w/ DJ B. Smith

TRINIDAD  —  Come on out Dec . 30th at 7 p.m. for an evening of Holiday Classics at the Trinidad Lounge. No cover / 21+ only

New Year’s Eve at the Trinidad Lounge

TRINIDAD  —  Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Trinidad Lounge with Townies, Robbie & the Reckless, and HighLess ONE! The doors open at 8 p.m., show starts around 9 p.m. $10 at the door / 21+ only.

Open Mic Second Saturday
TRINIDAD  —  The Trinidad Creative District is sponsoring a new program for local authors and poets.  Beginning on Saturday, January 8th and reoccurring every second Saturday from 5 – 7p.m., there will be an Open Mic night at the Creative District’s Gallery at the Commons, 210 W Main Street. Local authors in all genres are welcome, and these evenings are also free and open to the public.

Colfax

New Year Hike at Sugarite

COLFAX  — Come on out to Sugarite Canyon and welcome the new year with a breath of fresh air and a bit of winter cheer!
–First Day Hike, Jan. 1, 2022. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Lake Maloya Trail, Sugarite Canyon State Park.

Colfax Republican Party official call

COLFAX  — Call is hereby made for Ward Caucuses of the Republican Party of Colfax County to be held
January 15, 2022 at 1p.m. at Raton Convention Center, Bruce King Room located at
901 South 3rd Street, Raton, New Mexico 87740 to:
Elect Ward Delegates to the Colfax County Pre-Primary County Convention
Call is hereby made for the County Central Committee Meeting of the Republican Party of Colfax County to be held January 15, 2022 at 1:30p.m. at Raton Convention Center, Bruce King Room located at 901 South 3rd Street, Raton, New Mexico to: Affirm Temporary Roll of Delegates to the Pre-Primary County Convention, Select Temporary Officers for the Pre-Primary County Convention, and Consider any other proper business.
Call is hereby made for the Pre-Primary County Convention of the Republican Party of Colfax County to be held January 15, 2022 at 2p.m. at Raton Convention Center, Bruce King Room located at 901 South 3rd Street, Raton, New Mexico to: Elect Six (6) Delegates to the Republican State Pre-Primary Convention, to be held February 26, 2022, in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Upcoming Events for December 23, 2021

Throughout our World
Christmas Mass Schedule for Spanish Peaks Catholic Community

Christmas Eve Masses, Friday, Dec. 24
•  1 p.m. Sacred Heart, Gardner
•  4 p.m. St. Anthony of Padua, Aguilar
•  7 p.m. St. Mary, Walsenburg

Christmas Day Masses, Saturday, Dec. 25
•  10:30 a.m.  St. Mary, Walsenburg
•  12:30 p.m. Christ the King, La Veta

HUERFANO

Mobile Vaccine Bus in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG –   The Mobile Vaccine Bus will be at the Safeway in Walsenburg on Thursday, Dec. 23rd from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Flu and COVID boosters offered.

Cuchara Chapel Christmas Eve Service

WALSENBURG –   The Cuchara Chapel invites you to a candlelight Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24 at 5 p.m.

Encanto at the Fox in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG –  Our weekend movie is Disney’s “Encanto,” rated PG, with a run time of 1 hour 49 minutes.
The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift — every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger.
Movie showtimes are  Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Movie ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for students and teachers, $5 for children (ages 5 to 12).

Plant a Book at La Veta Library

LA VETA — This holiday season make a reader’s Christmas bright and help grow the La Veta Library’s children’s book collection.  Planting a book in the library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative. A dedication bookplate will be placed inside one of our pre-selected books and you can choose a card to give to your special person. Plant-A-Book is going on now.  All dedications cost $15.00.  Contact us at 742-3572 for more information. You can view the books on our website lvpl.org and use the PayPal option to purchase or come in to the library.

Youth basketball signups extended

HUERFANO — Signup for Two Peaks Fitness Youth Sports Leagues Basketball! Ages 4-12. Walsenburg and La Veta leagues. Sign up Monday-Friday, Dec 6-24 at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St, from 3-6 p.m., or online at www.twopeaksfitness.org/youth-sports-leagues. Scholarships available. 8 week season Jan 8-Feb 26, 2022. Questions? Call 719-742-3555.

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

WALSENBURG – There will be no storytime on Friday, Dec. 24 as the library will be closed that day.  Storytime will return on Friday, Dec. 31 for a fun New Year’s celebration from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg. More info: 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.

TC’s Community Christmas Dinner

WALSENBURG –   FREE TO THE COMMUNITY!  Come join Tim and Cindy for their annual Community Christmas Dinner at Delaney Hall (south of St. Mary Church), Dec. 25th, Christmas Day, from 12 -2 p.m.  Volunteers and donations are welcome.  Call 719-989-7141 for more information or drop any food or monetary donations at TC’s Diner, 284 Hwy 10.

United Church of Walsenburg Christmas weekend

WALSENBURG –   The United Church of Walsenburg will hold services on Sunday, Dec. 26 will be at the regular time of 1 p.m.  All are welcome, come join us.  The entrance by the ramp on Kansas Ave. will be open.

Spanish Peaks Library expands hours

WALSENBURG – In order to better serve the communities of Huerfano County, The Spanish Peaks Library District is pleased to announce expanded hours.
Starting Monday, Jan. 3rd the Walsenburg Library will be open:
Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday,  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Community meeting on shooting range

HUERFANO — A community meeting will be held Jan. 5, 2022 at 6p.m.  in the Conference Room at the Huerfano County Community Center (928 Russell Street, Walsenburg CO 81089)  to discuss creation of a public shooting range in Huerfano County.

Free Christmas grief intervention

WALSENBURG  — The Holiday Season can be a really difficult time for people struggling with grief or trauma. If you are having a hard time moving on from the past and would like to try a new way of reframing events, consider coming out to the Walsenburg Community Center on Jan. 5th from 9a.m. – 2p.m.
Paul Rieker, Clinical Hypnotherapist has been practicing since 1985 and may be able to help you “create future accomplishments with love for those remaining.”
So come on out or get in touch with Paul at (719) 717-0487 or TheRiekerGroup@yahoo.com.  To hear Paul talk about his work, visit https://youtu.be/EhdUKoet6_0

Walking the Camino

LA VETA — What is the Camino de Santiago? Where is it, and why would anyone want walk it?
Greg and his wife Lisa have walked the ancient pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain two times. Come learn the what, where, when, why and how of the Camino as Greg tells of their experiences along the way and explains what you need to do to undertake this once in a lifetime journey yourself. This program will be at 2 p.m. on Jan. 6 at La Veta Library. The program will be repeated at 11 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Walsenburg library.
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Be a Friend of the Library

HUERFANO — The friends of the Spanish Peaks Library District (SPLD) in Walsenburg, CO is looking for a few good people to be board members for the Friends of the Library. The Friends of the Library supports the SPLD by having book sales two to four times a year and selling books all year round in the library Book Nook.
Our support funds library programs for children and adults and recent upgrades in the children’s section of the library as well as any other way we can. If you love the library, have the time and inclination for one meeting per month and approximately ten additional days per year, please join us on Jan. 10th, 2022 at 1p.m. for our next meeting.

Martin Gilmore Trio at LV Mercantile

LA VETA — The Martin Gilmore Trio will be playing at the La Veta Mercantile on Jan. 15th at 7 p.m.
The Martin Gilmore Trio (MG3) is a bluegrass and folk music group from Denver, Colorado. Comprised of Martin Gilmore, Nick Amodeo, and Ian Haegele, their sound centers around acoustic bluegrass and folk music, but they stray into jazz, swing, country and blues. They have toured all over the United States and Ireland. $18 advance  $20 day of show

LAS ANIMAS  

Carnegie Library Giving Tree

TRINIDAD  —  ‘Tis the season to give with Carnegie Public Library’s Giving Tree!
We’re collecting NEW hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and socks for all ages for those in need in our community. Donations are being taken now through Dec. 31st.
You can bring your donations into the library or give us a call when you arrive to use our curbside service. We greatly appreciate your help!

Trinidad Trolley Tours begin Dec 3

TRINIDAD  — Trinidad Trolley tours begin for the holidays on Dec. 3 and go through Dec. 22.  Tours run twice a day  Wednesday through Sunday with the first tour starts at 5:30 p.m. and the second being at  7p.m.

Christmas Dinner from Trinidad Soup Kitchen

TRINIDAD  —  Christmas dinner boxes will be prepared by the workers at the Trinidad Soup Kitchen, however this year they will only be delivered in the
Trinidad area due to COVID.
But if you know someone who would be willing to drive to Trinidad and pick-up dinner boxes and bring them to those who’ve ordered them outside of Trinidad, the soup kitchen will be happy to prepare them.
Order your dinner box by calling Terrie at 719-680-0427 or Sandra at 719-679-2587. They will be taking orders for the boxes until the deadline on Dec. 23.
The Trinidad soup kitchen will appreciate any monetary donations.

New Year’s Fake Out w/ DJ B. Smith

TRINIDAD  —  Come on out Dec . 30th at 7 p.m. for an evening of Holiday Classics at the Trinidad Lounge. No cover / 21+ only

New Year’s Eve at the Trinidad Lounge

TRINIDAD  —  Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Trinidad Lounge with Townies, Robbie & the Reckless, and HighLess ONE! The doors open at 8 p.m., show starts around 9 p.m. $10 at the door / 21+ only

Open Mic Second Saturday
TRINIDAD  —  The Trinidad Creative District is sponsoring a new program for local authors and poets.  Beginning on Saturday, January 8th and reoccurring every second Saturday from 5 – 7p.m., there will be an Open Mic night at the Creative District’s Gallery at the Commons, 210 W Main Street. Local authors in all genres are welcome, and these evenings are also free and open to the public.

Colfax

Free Christmas Grief Intervention

RATON  — The Holiday Season can be a really difficult time for people struggling with grief or trauma. If you are having a hard time moving on from the past and would like to try a new way of reframing events, consider coming out to the Schuler theater on Dec. 24th and 29th from 9 a.m. –  4p.m.
Paul Rieker, Clinical Hypnotherapist has been practicing since 1985 and may be able to help you “create future accomplishments with love for those remaining.”
So come on out or get in touch with Paul at (719) 717-0487 or TheRiekerGroup@yahoo.com. To hear Paul talk about his work, visit https://youtu.be/EhdUKoet6_0

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

RATON  — Holy Trinity Episcopal Church invites all to join them for Christmas Eve Services on Friday, Dec. 24, at 5:30 p.m.  The church is located at 240 Rio Grande in Raton.  Masks are required.

Christmas Eve at Family Worship Center

RATON  — The Family Worship Center, at 219 Kearney Ave. is holding its Christmas Eve Service at 5 p.m.

Christmas Eve Service at First United Methodist Church

RATON  — There will be a Christmas Eve Service at the First United Methodist Church in Raton on Dec. 24th, Christmas Eve, at 7 p.m.

New Year Hike at Sugarite

COLFAX  — Come on out to Sugarite Canyon and welcome the new year with a breath of fresh air and a bit of winter cheer!
–First Day Hike, Jan. 1, 2022. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Lake Maloya Trail, Sugarite Canyon State Park.

Upcoming Events for December 16, 2021

HUERFANO

CS Stylings Toy Drive now on for SCCY

WALSENBURG –   CS Stylings is holding a Toy Drive to benefit the local kids in the Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth. If you want to donate, you can bring a toy suitable for ages 6-19 to CS Stylings at 725 Main St from now until Dec. 18th. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday- Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 719-738-5718.

Encanto at the Fox in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG –  Our weekend movie is Disney’s “Encanto,” rated PG, with a run time of 1 hour 49 minutes.
The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift — every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger.
Movie showtimes are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Movie ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for students and teachers, $5 for children (ages 5 to 12).

Plant a Book at La Veta Library

LA VETA — This holiday season make a reader’s Christmas bright and help grow the La Veta Library’s children’s book collection.  Planting a book in the library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative. A dedication bookplate will be placed inside one of our pre-selected books and you can choose a card to give to your special person. Plant-A-Book is going on now.  All dedications cost $15.00.  Contact us at 742-3572 for more information. You can view the books on our website lvpl.org and use the PayPal option to purchase or come in to the library.

Youth Basketball Signups

HUERFANO – Signup for Two Peaks Fitness Youth Sports Leagues Basketball! Ages 4-12. Walsenburg and La Veta leagues. Signup Monday-Friday, Dec 6-17 at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St, from 3-6 p.m.
Or you can sign up online at www.twopeaksfitness.org/youth-sports-leagues. Scholarships available. 8 week season Jan 8-Feb 26, 2022.
Questions regarding youth sports? Call us at 719-742-3555.

Upcoming pruning work sessions for La Veta’s Park & Tree Board

LA VETA — Do you want to learn how to properly prune trees? Do you want to help improve and maintain La Veta’s “urban” forest at the park and along the streets? Please join the PTB members for an upcoming pruning work session on Dec 21. We will meet at the Town’s Maintenance Building just west of the Post Office at 8 a.m.
If you plan to join us, please contact Keith Hauber at 816-277-4833. Wear long sleeves, gloves, safety eye wear and a hard hat if you can. Work sessions may be cancelled due to weather.

Holiday Traditions of the Southwest

HUERFANO – We live in an area alive with traditions of the many ethnic groups that call our beautiful area home. Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is pleased to partner with the library in  La Veta to present the second part of a program sharing some of the holiday traditions of the region. Join us at 2 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 16 at the La Veta Library to share some stories of our rich heritage.
Please come and share your traditions and learn about the ones that Albert Galvan and Sandy Dolak will share. Home bizcochitos and Mexican hot chocolate will be served. Join us for a special program of holiday sharing. This program is brought to you with support by Colorado Humanities.

Book and Bake Sale at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG – Please join the Friends of the Spanish Peaks Library for a book and bake sale Thursday and Friday, Dec. 16th and 17th  from 10a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be a wonderful selection of books along with a delicious variety of baked goods, all at reasonable prices. All proceeds go to support the Spanish Peaks Library District. The Book and Bake Sale will take place at the library which is located at 415 Walsen Ave, Walsenburg CO, 81089.

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

WALSENBURG – We are going to change things up a little bit this week at storytime.  Instead of a craft we will be doing yoga and the Jingle Jive game along with our Christmas story books.  We look forward to seeing you there.
Christmas yoga  storytime will be Friday, Dec. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.

Eagles Ladies Auxiliary seeking vice president

WALSENBURG – The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1187 has an opening position for vice president.  Qualified members, if interested please attend our next meeting at the Eagles Hall 614 Main St in Walsenburg, on Dec. 17. at 6p.m.

SCVA Ensemble Christmas Concert

LA VETA —The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble announces its Christmas Concert schedule for December, 2021:
Friday, Dec. 17, 6:00 p.m. at the
La Veta United Methodist Church in La Veta;
Saturday, Dec. 18, 2:00 p.m., at the Gardner Methodist Church in Gardner;
Sunday, Dec. 19, 2:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Walsenburg.  This year’s concert is titled “Song Heard ‘Round The World” and features a collection of music and carols from the world’s diverse Christmas traditions.
We promise an uplifting, inspiring and thrilling presentation of Christmas joy!  Join us one and all.  Enjoy cookies and cider after the concert. Free of charge; donations graciously accepted. For additional information, please call 719-635-3000

Volunteer for Community Holiday Food Packing Event

HUERFANO – Do you love your community and want to give back in a really tangible way? Spark the Change Colorado is hosting a food packing event on Dec. 18th from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Come listen to some holiday tunes and pack delicious nutritious food for your fellow community members. Over the course of this 2.5 hour event, volunteers will pack 15,000 meals! All of those meals will stay in Huerfano County to serve your friends and neighbors. Call Josie Boynton at (303) 623-1536 to sign up and give back this holiday season.

Tom Munch Christmas Concert

LA VETA — On Saturday, Dec. 18th at 7p.m., Tom Munch will be performing a Christmas Concert at the La Veta Mercantile.
Tom has been deeply steeped in Christmas and Winter songs since he wasa born, and has made a lifelong passion of learning and expressing these songs yearly at venues all over the place. They are unique in that we all share them and know them by heart – regardless of background and generation.
Tickets are $16 in advance or $18 at the door, and they can be purchased at:
https://www.simpletix.com/e/tom-munch-christmas-concert-tickets-90943

United Church of Walsenburg Christmas Weekend

WALSENBURG –   The United Church of Walsenburg will hold services only at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19th. The  Christmas Eve service will take place on Dec. 24th at 5 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served after the service.
The service on the 26th of December will be at the regular time of 1 p.m.  All are welcome, come join us.  The entrance by the ramp on Kansas Ave will be open.

Christmas Bird Count

LA VETA —The Spanish Peaks Christmas Bird Count will be held on Dec. 21st. Anyone wishing to join the count should meet at the La Veta Town Park at 8a.m. Please adhere to Covid protocols.

Community Holiday Blessing

LA VETA —Join us in downtown La Veta on Tuesday, Dec. 21st at sunset to stroll along Main Street or walk your neighborhood with bells, chimes, or your favorite instrument. Come as you are or wear festive or vintage clothing to ring out the old and chime in miracles. Sponsored by the La Veta Creative District.

TC’s Annual Community Christmas Dinner

WALSENBURG –   FREE TO THE COMMUNITY!  Come join Tim and Cindy for their annual Community Christmas Dinner at Delaney Hall (south of St. Mary Church), Dec. 25th, Christmas Day, from 12 -2 p.m.  Volunteers and donations are welcome.  Call 719-989-7141 for more information or drop any food or monetary donations at TC’s Diner, 284 Hwy 10.

Spanish Peaks Library expands hours

WALSENBURG – In order to better serve the communities of Huerfano County, The Spanish Peaks Library District is pleased to announce expanded hours.
Starting Monday, Jan. 3rd the Walsenburg Library will be open:
Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

LAS ANIMAS  

Carnegie Library Giving Tree

TRINIDAD  —  ‘Tis the season to give with Carnegie Public Library’s Giving Tree!
We’re collecting NEW hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and socks for all ages for those in need in our community. Donations are being taken now through Dec. 31st.
You can bring your donations into the library or give us a call when you arrive to use our curbside service. We greatly appreciate your help!

Trinidad Trolley Tours begin Dec 3

TRINIDAD  — Trinidad Trolley tours begin for the holidays on Dec. 3 and go through Dec. 22.  Tours run twice a day  Wednesday through Sunday with the first tour starts at 5:30 p.m. and the second being at  7p.m.

Monoclonal antibody treatment bus

TRINIDAD  —  CO – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) deployed a monoclonal antibody treatment bus to Las Animas County as part of efforts to expand access throughout the state to this COVID-19 treatment. The treatment is intended to lessen the risk of serious illness among those newly infected with COVID-19. Patients seeking the treatment will not need a doctor’s referral but will need an appointment.
The CDPHE monoclonal antibody treatment bus will be available during the following dates and times:
 WHERE: Las Animas County Health Dept. 412 Benedicta Ave, Trinidad, CO 81082
 WHEN: Monday, Dece. 13 – Saturday, Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 Monday, Dec. 20 -Thursday Dec.r 23 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m (Last patient at 4).
To make an appointment, go to the following link, typed without any spaces.
https://covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/covid-19-treatments?fbclid=IwAR1LGccKEeGoJ2wxF6N7n85BQMrU6kcXmUIcG41NjMvjDGyLXjLcvDAz0-4
You do not need a prescription to make an appointment at a state-led clinic. However, you must have an appointment in order to receive treatment. Call Colorado’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926) for help making an appointment.

12 Books of Christmas Scavenger Hunt

TRINIDAD  — From Dec. 6 – 22, Carnegie Public Library will be holding a Christmas Scavenger Hunt! Here’s how it works.
1. Pick up a scavenger hunt bookmark from the Carnegie Public Library or a participating business.
2. Using the clues on the bookmark, locate a hidden Christmas book in each participating business. (The book remains at each location) (Don’t tell your friends where they are hidden.)
3. Once you have located all of the books, bring the completed bookmark back to the library for a prize.
Participating businesses are the Trinidad Gift Shop, Chronicle News, Fishers Peak Outfitters, Curly’s Beads, Noah’s Ark, Shirley’s Thrift Store, Perkatory Coffee House, Colie’s Cakes and Pastries, Books and More, Mutiny Café, the Art Cottage, and of course the Carnegie Public Library.

Las Posadas this Friday

TRINIDAD  —  Las Posadas Procession and Celebration-Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber and Southern Colorado Coal Mining Museum will be hosting Las Posadas on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at the Coal Mining Museum, 219 W. Main Street, Trinidad, CO.
Las Posadas Is a celebration that represents the difficulties that Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus, faced in search of a room when traveling to Bethlehem. Groups of children and adults go from house to house singing traditional songs requesting lodging (posada).
We will have live music and go to different businesses on Main Street and Commercial Street ending back at the museum. We welcome anyone who would like to be a part of Las Posadas either by dressing up as part or participate in the procession. We would love for you to join us! If you have any questions please contact Yolanda Romero 719-846-8234.

Mt. Carmel’s Annual December Market

TRINIDAD  — Mt. Carmel’s Annual December Market will take place this year on Dec. 18th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Mt. Carmel at 911 Robinson. Emily’s Kitchen will be open! Vendors, call (719) 845-4875 or (719) 845-4894

Santa Photos and Story Time

TRINIDAD  —  On Dec. 18th from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Mrs. Claus will be at Corridino Auto Body at 124 N. Maple to read The Night Before Christmas. Kids will receive cookies, hot cocoa, a goodie bag and a picture with Santa. The cost is $10, which will go to benefit ROAR Relay for Life. For more information, call Kendra Doherty at (719) 680-0693 or (719) 946-5510

Reflections Celebration and Tree Lighting

TRINIDAD  —  Sangre de Cristo Community Care invites you to participate in this year’s virtual Reflections Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony! The Reflections Celebration highlights the memorable lives and stories of many of our patients, friends, and loved ones, and culminates with a tree lighting ceremony. For more information and access to the ceremony, visit www.sangre.org/event/reflections-celebration

Christmas Carols with Apishapa Valley Chapel

AGUILAR  — Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 19th at 6 p.m. at the Apishapa Valley Chapel at 309 S Romero St. for an evening of Christmas Caroling led by our local community singers.

Karaoke Night at Trinidad Lounge
TRINIDAD  —  Dec. 21st is Karaoke night at Trinidad Lounge1 Sign-up starts at 6 p.m., come early for a sweet slot, and the show starts at 7p.m. Free entry / 21+ only.

Christmas Dinner from Trinidad Soup Kitchen

TRINIDAD  —  Christmas dinner boxes will be prepared by the workers at the Trinidad Soup Kitchen, however this year they will only be delivered in the
Trinidad area due to COVID.
But if you know someone who would be willing to drive to Trinidad and pick-up dinner boxes and bring them to those who’ve ordered them outside of Trinidad, the soup kitchen will be happy to prepare them.
Order your dinner box by calling Terrie at 719-680-0427 or Sandra at 719-679-2587. They will be taking orders for the boxes until the deadline on Dec. 23.
The Trinidad soup kitchen will appreciate any monetary donations.

New Year’s Fake Out w/ DJ B. Smith
TRINIDAD  —  Come on out Dec . 30th at 7 p.m. for an evening of Holiday Classics at the Trinidad Lounge. No cover / 21+ only

New Year’s Eve at the Trinidad Lounge
TRINIDAD  —  Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Trinidad Lounge with Townies, Robbie & the Reckless, and HighLess ONE! The doors open at 8 p.m., show starts around 9 p.m. $10 at the door / 21+ only

Colfax

Christmas Celebration at Holiday Inn Express & Suites

RATON  — On Saturday, Dec. 18th from 5-7 p.m., the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 101 Card Ave in Raton will be putting on a Christmas Celebration featuring a wagon ride, miniature horses, hot chocolate and sweets, gift giveaways, a visit from Santa and more!
If you have any questions, please call (575) 445-1500. All are welcome!

Holiday Events at Sugarite Canyon State Park

COLFAX  —There are several fun events taking place up at Sugarite this holiday season, so come on out and visit for a breath of fresh air and a bit of winter cheer!
— Saturday Dec. 18. from 1-4 p.m. there will be a Holiday Open House at Sugarite Canyon State Park,
(Friends of Sugarite and park staff sadly decided against Christmas on the Chicorica because of staff shortage and other considerations.)
–Raton Christmas Bird Count, also Dec. 18. Volunteers from the Raton area are needed to watch/count birds at feeders and other locations (including Sugarite.)
–First Day Hike, Jan. 1, 2022. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Lake Maloya Trail, Sugarite Canyon State Park.

Christmas Eve Service at First United Methodist Church

RATON  — There will be a Christmas Eve Service at the First United Methodist Church in Raton on Dec. 24th, Christmas Eve, at 7 p.m.

out of our world

CDOT Hosting Career Fair

SOUTHEAST COLORADO — The Colorado Department of Transportation is holding a career fair on Friday, Dec. 10 in Pueblo seeking to hire permanent and temporary, full-time and part-time highway maintenance workers in the southeast portion of the state. The fair will be held at CDOT Region 2 Headquarters, 5615 Wills Blvd., Pueblo, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Positions are available in Lamar, La Junta, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Fairplay, Bailey, Divide and Cripple Creek.
Candidates who cannot attend a fair are encouraged to view the job postings and apply on-line at:   https://www.codot.gov/topcontent/employment/cdot-job-openings.html

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Trinidad Library: Philosophy Café

OUR WORLD  —  Strap on your thinking caps on Monday, Dec. 13th at 5:00p.m. for another meeting of the Philosophy Café. This month’s topic was suggested by Café regular, Angelo Cuccia, and that topic is “Place.’
How do you envision place? For me, I think of place as a space imbued with a certain context or meaning. I also believe places are liminal, and their meanings are rooted in their time and space. We often ask ourselves when a house becomes a home, but when does a home become a house again? How does our perception change through those transitions?
Consider these questions and more! We’ll hope you’ll leave “room” for this exciting discussion.
This will be a remote meeting via Zoom Meeting, and you must register to join. To get the link, email Tom Potter at tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov

HUERFANO

CS Stylings Toy Drive now on for SCCY

WALSENBURG –   CS Stylings is holding a Toy Drive to benefit the local kids in the Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth. If you want to donate, you can bring a toy suitable for ages 6-19 to CS Stylings at 725 Main St from now until Dec. 18th. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday- Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 719-738-5718.

The French Dispatch at the Fox in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG –  Our weekend movie is “The French Dispatch,” rated R, with a run time of 1 hour 47 minutes.
THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson. The director is Wes Anderson.
Movie showtimes are  Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Movie ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for students and teachers, $5 for children (ages 5 to 12).

Plant a Book at LV Library

LA VETA — This holiday season make a reader’s Christmas bright and help grow the La Veta Library’s children’s book collection.  Planting a book in the library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative. A dedication bookplate will be placed inside one of our pre-selected books and you can choose a card to give to your special person. Plant-A-Book is going on now.  All dedications cost $15.00.  Contact us at 742-3572 for more information. You can view the books on our website lvpl.org and use the PayPal option to purchase or come in to the library.

Youth Basketball Signups

HUERFANO – Signup for Two Peaks Fitness Youth Sports Leagues Basketball! Ages 4-12. Walsenburg and La Veta leagues. Signup Monday-Friday, Dec 6-17 at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St, from 3-6p.m.
Or you can sign up online at www.twopeaksfitness.org/youth-sports-leagues. Scholarships available. 8 week season Jan 8-Feb 26, 2022.
Questions regarding youth sports? Call us at 719-742-3555.

4th Annual Holiday Giving Celebration

HUERFANO – Spanish Peaks Business Alliance would like to invite you to the 4th Annual Holiday Giving Celebration! Just like last year, we are hosting this event virtually and donations will be accepted through our website, spba.huerfano.org, starting Dec. 6th. We will host a virtual Mixer on Dec. 14th at 5:30p.m. with an ugly sweater contest, so gather your friends for a watch party if you fancy!
A full list of participating nonprofits and what they are working on will be available on our website from Dec. 6th through Dec. 14th. You will be able to contribute right from the website and receive a tax deductible receipt from SPBA. We hope you will participate however you are able to this year, even if you just pop in to the online mixer for holiday cheer!

LVPL Holiday Cookie and Recipe  Exchange

LA VETA — La Veta Public Library is hosting a “tasty” event on Dec. 9th at 2p.m. We are inviting the community to come and share their favorite holiday cookie recipe(s). Ideally, if you bring your favorite cookies, along with the recipe, we can have a cookie exchange! It is so fun to share our favorite recipes and usually there is a great story behind them. Mitzi (known for all her great recipes) will compile them into the beginnings of our Cuchara Valley Recipe Legacy Cookbook and make it available to share. Please come!

Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

HUERFANO – The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce annual meeting will be held Dec. 9th at 6 p.m. at Fatt Weller’s located at 124 N Main St. in La Veta.
Please RSVP to info@spanishpeakschamber.com. Thank you to all who supported small businesses throughout Huerfano County on Shop Small Saturday. Expect a visit from Santa on his golf cart in La Veta Dec. 4th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wishing all a safe and festive holiday season!

Rocky Mountain Eye Center presents SEE with Santa

WALSENBURG – Have you been looking for a kid-friendly way to have your child’s vision screened? Join us on Friday, Dec. 10th from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for this festive holiday event. Santa and his elves are busy working to provide a safe, fun environment to give your child a vision experience that spreads happiness and joy. These walk-in exams are for children under the age of 20 and there are special kids’ frames available.
Join us for cookies, hot chocolate, and a visit from Jolly Ol’ St. Nick himself!

Storytime at SP Library

WALSENBURG – Do you have some little ones who love playing with trucks?  Any destroyers in your family?  Bring them to story time at the library to learn about the trucks used for constructing and destroying things.  Construction storytime will be Friday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.

John Mall Christmas Concert on Friday

WALSENBURG –  The John Mall High School music department, under the direction of Ms. Kaitlyn Knutson, is holding their Christmas concert on Dec. 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the John Mall High School cafeteria

La Veta Village Bake Sale

LA VETA — “COME ONE, COME ALL!  The La Veta Village Auxiliary is hosting a bake sale fundraiser on Dec. 11, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the La Veta Public Library.  LOTS of goodies including cookies, cakes, and pies and much more!!  See you on the 11th!!!

Praise Church Open House

WALSENBURG – On Saturday, Dec. 11th from 4-6:30 p.m., there will be an open house at the Praise Church at 311 W 4th St. in Walsenburg. Join us for a FREE evening of family fun and gifts. Meet Santa! There will be a FREE toy for every child, a FREE BBQ dinner, face painting, karaoke, a photo booth and drawings for a drone and a kids’ bike.

MoF’s Annual Market Place of Ideas, more…finally back!

WALSENBURG – Please join us to meet in person after a two year hiatus. The annual “Market Place of Ideas” and “Made in Walsenburg and Beyond” holiday mart will feature locally made art, photographs, hats, scarves, food items, soap, beauty creams, and all handmade items on Dec. 11th at the Museum on 6th and Main for the Annual MarketPlace of Ideas and the Made in Walsenburg and Beyond artists holiday gift market and community celebration.
Artists and Craftspeople will be demonstrating how they create their unique items and be available to answer questions about their process. Help us to celebrate all the unique and creative Huerfano County makers and nearby makers who continue to add to our lives with beauty, talent, ideas and products.
Huerfano County non-profit organizations are invited to share what they do and discuss how the community can get involved with their projects. We will bring in the holiday cheer with hot apple cider, hot chocolate, cookies and other homemade goodies.  Please call 719-738-2858 to reserve a table and share in the advertising (on Facebook) and refreshments. Saturday, Dec. 11th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Set up for vendors begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday or Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.

“Pop-up” Traditions Makers’ Market

LA VETA —Several of the favorite vendors from last week’s successful Traditions Makers’ Market will be doing an abbreviated “pop-up” version from 10a.m. – 3p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11th and 18th at 225 S. Main in La Veta.
Lisa Dasenbrock, the Sandys Squared, Arthur Short Bull and more will be there with all the good things that they have to share. Plus, a new vendor that we didn’t have space for last week that has a variety of handcrafted jewelry, fiber gifts and woodcrafts. Once again, the Falcon Cheesecake Truck will be serving their delicious food and have an assortment of unique and unusual wreaths. Shop local!

Eagles Ladies Aux Brunch

WALSENBURG –The Walsenburg Ladies Auxiliary 1187 will host a community brunch on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Eagles Hall, 614 Main St in Walsenburg. Come join us again for a delicious brunch!  The cost is $5 per adult, $2.50 per child. We will be serving a yummy golden biscuit covered with creamy sausage gravy, eggs, and a sausage patty.  The meal includes coffee or juice.  All proceeds go back to the community. We hope to see you there!

Water Conservancy District Budget Hearing and Meeting

HUERFANO – The 2022 Budget Hearing and December board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell Ave, Walsenburg, CO, on Monday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

Upcoming pruning work sessions for La Veta’s Park & Tree Board

LA VETA — Do you want to learn how to properly prune trees? Do you want to help improve and maintain La Veta’s “urban” forest at the park and along the streets? Please join the PTB members for upcoming pruning work sessions on  Dec. 14 and Dec 21. We will meet at the Town’s Maintenance Building just west of the Post Office at 8 a.m.
If you plan to join us, please contact Keith Hauber at 816-277-4833. Wear long sleeves, gloves, safety eye wear and a hard hat if you can. Work sessions may be cancelled due to weather.

Holiday Traditions of the Southwest

HUERFANO – We live in an area alive with traditions of the many ethnic groups that call our beautiful area home. Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is pleased to partner with the libraries in Walsenburg and La Veta to present a program sharing some of the holiday traditions of the region. Join us at 2 p.m. on tuesday, Dec. 14 in Walsenburg and Thursday Dec. 16 in La Veta to share some stories of our rich heritage. Please come and share your traditions and learn about the ones that Albert Galvan and Sandy Dolak will share. Home bizcochitos and Mexican hot chocolate will be served. Join us for a special program of holiday sharing. This program is brought to you with support by Colorado Humanities.

Book and Bake Sale at SP Library

WALSENBURG – Please join the Friends of the Spanish Peaks Library for a book and bake sale Thursday and Friday, December 16th and 17th  from 10a.m. until 4p.m. There will be a wonderful selection of books along with a delicious variety of baked goods, all at reasonable prices. All proceeds go to support the Spanish Peaks Library District. The Book and Bake Sale will take place at the library which is located at 415 Walsen Ave, Walsenburg CO, 81089.

Eagles Ladies Aux Seeking Vice President

WALSENBURG – The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1187 has an opening position for vice president.  Qualified members, if interested please attend our next meeting at the Eagles Hall 614 Main St in Walsenburg, on Dec 17. at 6p.m.

SCVA Ensemble Christmas Concert
LA VETA —The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble announces its Christmas Concert schedule for December, 2021:
Friday, December 17, 6:00 pm at the La Veta United Methodist Church in La Veta;
Saturday, December 18, 2:00 pm, at the Gardner Methodist Church in Gardner;
Sunday, December 19, 2:00 pm, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Walsenburg.  This year’s concert is titled “Song Heard ‘Round The World” and features a collection of music and carols from the world’s diverse Christmas traditions.
We promise an uplifting, inspiring and thrilling presentation of Christmas joy!  Join us one and all.  Enjoy cookies and cider after the concert. Free of charge; donations graciously accepted. For additional information, please call 719-635-3000

Volunteer for Community Holiday Food Packing Event

HUERFANO – Do you love your community and want to give back in a really tangible way? Spark the Change Colorado is hosting a food packing event on December 18th from 10a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Come listen to some holiday tunes and pack delicious nutritious food for your fellow community members. Over the course of this 2.5 hour event, volunteers will pack 15,000 meals! All of those meals will stay in Huerfano County to serve your friends and neighbors. Call Josie Boynton at (303) 623-1536 to sign up and give back this holiday season.

Tom Munch Christmas Concert

LA VETA — On Saturday, Dec. 18th at 7p.m., Tom Munch will be performing a Christmas Concert at the La Veta Mercantile.
Tom has been deeply steeped in Christmas and Winter songs since he wasa born, and has made a lifelong passion of learning and expressing these songs yearly at venues all over the place. They are unique in that we all share them and know them by heart – regardless of background and generation.
Tickets are $16 in advance or $18 at the door, and they can be purchased at:
https://www.simpletix.com/e/tom-munch-christmas-concert-tickets-90943

United Church of Walsenburg Christmas Weekend

WALSENBURG –   The United Church of Walsenburg will hold services only at 9a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19th. The  Christmas Eve service will take place on Dec. 24th at 5 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served after the service.
Service on the 26th of December will be at the regular time of 1 p.m.  All are welcome, come join us.  The entrance by the ramp on Kansas Ave will be open.

Community Holiday Blessing
LA VETA —Join us in downtown La Veta on Tuesday, Dec. 21st at sunset to stroll along Main Street or walk your neighborhood with bells, chimes, or your favorite instrument. Come as you are or wear festive or vintage clothing to ring out the old and chime in miracles. Sponsored by the La Veta Creative District.

TCs Annual Community Christmas Dinner

WALSENBURG –   FREE TO THE COMMUNITY!  Come join Tim and Cindy for their annual Community Christmas Dinner at Delaney Hall (south of St. Mary Church), Christmas Day, from 12-2pm.  Volunteers and donations are welcome.  Call 719-989-7141 for more information or drop any food or monetary donations at TCs Diner, 284 Hwy 10.

LAS ANIMAS  

Trinidad Trolley Tours begin Dec 3

TRINIDAD  — Trinidad Trolley tours begin for the holidays on Dec. 3 and go through Dec. 22.  Tours run twice a day  Wednesday through Sunday with the first tour starts at 5:30 p.m. and the second being at  7p.m.

Cheap Perfume and Townies  

TRINIDAD  — Thursday, Dec. 9th at 7p.m. at the Trinidad Lounge. Cheap Perfume returns to Trinidad and local band Townies making their debut. Cover is $6 cash only at door. Doors open at 7p.m., shows starts around 8. 21+

Open House at Aguilar Library

AGUILAR  — On Saturday, Dec. 11th, there will be an open house at the Aguilar Public Library from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. with an accompanying presentation of the new “Community Artisan’s” art wall and with Guest Speaker Fred Dixon with “Saddlery of the Old West.”
Facemasks are optional but encouraged!

Santa’s Gift Tree

TRINIDAD  — This year, give a local senior citizen a holiday memory they’ll treasure. The First National bank in Trinidad is sponsoring this event, in which you can head to the Main Bank, Motor Bank, or Wal-Mart Branch of the First National Bank of Trinidad and choose a letter to fulfill the request of a local senior citizen. Letters are now available  and gifts are due back by Wednesday, Dec. 15th.

Monoclonoal Antibody Treatment Bus

TRINIDAD  —  Test positive for COVID-19? Looking for treatment? Here’s what to do.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you may be able to get monoclonal antibody treatment to help you recover.The Monoclonal Antibody Bus is in Trinidad for the next two weeks.
Find out if you’re eligible and you can self-schedule to receive antibody treatment. Las Animas County monoclonal antibody treatment clinic bus is currently at the Health Department Parking Lot. 412 Benedicta Ave.
December 6th thru December 11th
December 13th thru December 18th
https://covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/covid-19-treatments?fbclid=IwAR1LGccKEeGoJ2wxF6N7n85BQMrU6kcXmUIcG41NjMvjDGyLXjLcvDAz0-4
You do not need a prescription to make an appointment at a state-led clinic. However, you must have an appointment in order to receive treatment. Call Colorado’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926) for help making an appointment.

12 Books of Christmas Scavenger Hunt

TRINIDAD  — From Dec. 6 – 22, Carnegie Public Library will be holding a Christmas Scavenger Hunt! Here’s how it works.
1. Pick up a scavenger hunt bookmark from the Carnegie Public Library or a participating business.
2. Using the clues on the bookmark, locate a hidden Christmas book in each participating business. (The book remains at each location) (Don’t tell your friends where they are hidden.)
3. Once you have located all of the books, bring the completed bookmark back to the library for a prize.
Participating businesses are the Trinidad Gift Shop, Chronicle News, Fishers Peak Outfitters, Curly’s Beads, Noah’s Ark, Shirley’s Thrift Store, Perkatory Coffee House, Colie’s Cakes and Pastries, Books and More, Mutiny Café, the Art Cottage, and of course the Carnegie Public Library.

Carnegie’s STEAM Day

TRINIDAD  — Let’s celebrate STEAM!
The Carnegie Public Library is celebrating by hosting an event on Dec. 10th at the Trinidad Community Center at 1309 Beshoar Avenue. Come play with our STEAM kits and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.
There are two time blocks to come participate, depending on your student’s age. K-2nd Grade will meet from 10a.m. – 12p.m., and 3rd-5th Grade will meet from 1p.m. – 3p.m.

Annual Firemen’s Toy Drive takes off in Trinidad

TRINIDAD  — The annual Trinidad Firemen’s toy Drive is a go again!  Applications for the toy drive can be picked up at the utilities department at Trinidad City Hall, 135 N. Animas St; at the Trinidad Department of Human Services, 219 S. Chestnut St; and at the Trinidad Housing Authority, 422 E. First St.
Applications are due back by Dec. 10, and can be mailed to PO Box 900, Trinidad, CO 81082, or dropped off at either fire station, at 1102 Nevada Ave or at 1605 Santa Fe Trail.
Applicants must live inside the city limits of Trinidad to qualify.  Pick up of toys will be Dec. 18 from 9am-6pm at 149 E. Main St in Trinidad.
For any questions, contact Captain Gatlin at 719-989-4863.

Painting at the Perk

TRINIDAD  — On December 11th from 1 – 3p.m. and December 12th from 1 – 2:30p.m., there will be an Ornament Making & Painting Workshop as part of a workshop series by CromeCreate. $65 for this session! Instructions, supplies, aprons, favorite beverage, and baked delectable treats are included in seat reservation! For more information call (872) 588 – 0381

Mt. Carmel’s Annual December Market

TRINIDAD  — Mt. Carmel’s Annual December Market will take place this year on December 18th from 9a.m. – 2p.m. at Mt. Carmel at 911 Robinson. Emily’s Kitchen will be open! Vendors, call (719) 845-4875 or (719) 845-4894

Santa Photos and Story Time

TRINIDAD  —  On December 18th drom 3p.m. – 5p.m., Mrs. Claus will be at Corridino Auto Body at 124 N. Maple to read The Night Before Christmas. Kids will receive cookies, hot cocoa, a goodie bag and a picture with Santa. The cost is $10, which will go to benefit ROAR Relay for Life. For more information, call Kendra Doherty at (719) 680-0693 or (719) 946-5510

Reflections Celebration and Tree Lighting

TRINIDAD  —  Sangre de Cristo Community Care invites you to participate in this year’s virtual Reflections Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony! The Reflections Celebration highlights the memorable lives and stories of many of our patients, friends, and loved ones, and culminates with a tree lighting ceremony. For more information and access to the ceremony, visit www.sangre.org/event/reflections-celebration

Christmas Carols with Apishapa Valley Chapel

AGUILAR  — Please join us on Sunday, December 19th at 6p.m. at the Apishapa Valley Chapel at 309 S Romero St. for an evening of Christmas Caroling led by our local community singers.

Colfax

Springer Choir Christmas Concert

SPRINGER  — We invite you to celebrate the most beautiful time of the year with us! Come on out  December 12th at 3p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Springer for a Christmas Concert Sing-Along. Enjoy good music and Christmas ambiance!

Holiday Events at Sugarite Canyon State Park

COLFAX  —There are several fun events taking place up at Sugarite this holiday season, so come on out and visit for a breath of fresh air and a bit of winter cheer!
— Saturday Dec. 18. from 1-4 p.m. there will be a Holiday Open House at Sugarite Canyon State Park,
(Friends of Sugarite and park staff sadly decided against Christmas on the Chicorica because of staff shortage and other considerations.)
–Raton Christmas Bird Count, also Dec. 18. Volunteers from the Raton area are needed to watch/count birds at feeders and other locations (including Sugarite.)
–First Day Hike, Jan. 1, 2022. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Lake Maloya Trail, Sugarite Canyon State Park.