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HUERFANO

RSVP now for the John Mall High School Class of 1981 Reunion, and get a tour of the new high school building

WALSENBURG— The great class of 1981 is holding a reunion this summer on Friday, June 30 through Saturday July 1 in Walsenburg.   Cocktails and Conversations will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Whistle Stop Lofts at 408 Russell Street.
On Saturday, come to a Hoedown BBQ at the Eagles, 614 Main featuring cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and music and dancing from 7 p.m. on.   Wear western attire to enter a drawing for a prize.
Other activities for the weekend are now being organized, including bowling and potentially, a ‘Thanks For All The Memories’ tour of John Mall High School, which will be torn down next year, as well as a site visit of the new high school which will open next January.
Please let Sandy Montoya-Foster know if you are coming by emailing her at
sandi_diva_foster@hotmail.com

Dorcas Circle not accepting donations currently, take them to  PALS in Trinidad

WALSENBURG — Dorcas Circle is not currently accepting any donations at this time. Please bring clean, gently used and in working order to PALS at 500 W. Main St, Trinidad. For more information on what they accept please call 719-680-0525 or email  PALSofTrinidad@gmail.com
Dorcas Circle will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays. We will no longer be open on Thursdays.

Francisco Fort open

LA VETA— The Francisco Fort in La Veta is open for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information on the Fort and summer events go to www.franciscofort.org  There is no admission fee and all events at the Fort this summer are free and open to the public.

Farmers market season is here

HUERFANO— It’s that time of year again! Get ready for a wonderful season filled with lots of local goodies grown, supplied, crafted and for purchase. La Veta will have their market every Thursday, 3-5 p.m. starting May 18th in the park next to the library on Main St. Cuchara will have their market on Fridays starting May 19, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile. Gardner will have their markets every Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church. Last but most certainly not least is Walsenburg’s market held every Sunday at Heritage Park on Main St. near the railroad tracks from 12 – 2 p.m. starting May 29. For more information and to become a vendor please email costeawood1@gmail.com.

Western Rendezvous Art Show

LA VETA— Artists working in all media are encouraged to enter the upcoming Western Rendezvous show at the SPACe Gallery in La Veta. Original art will be accepted today, Thursday, June 8, Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10 at the gallery, 132 W. Ryus, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be a $500 prize for 1st place in this annual juried and judged show.   The entry form may be downloaded from the SPACe website, spanishpeaksarts.org and will be available at the gallery. Call 719 742-3074 for more information.

Let’s Talk Walsenburg

WALSENBURG— Please join us for a kick off celebration and conversation about the upcoming Museum on Mainstreet Exhibit on Thursday, June 8, 1 p.m. at MoF. The final exhibit will that will be hosted by the Museum of Friends will run from August 26, 2023 to October 9, 2023. This is an opportunity to learn more about this special exhibit that will be in Walsenburg and to talk about the experiences of people in Walsenburg as part of rural America. Lunch will be served.

Free bicycle repair clinic

LA VETA—  Thursday June 8, 2 – 5 p.m. Spanish Peaks Cycling Bicycle Repair Clinic. Bring your bikes and trikes, we will fix for free! In front of the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main St. Donations welcome. Questions please email info@spcycling.org

Indoor rummage sale fundraiser

LA VETA— Join us at Christ the King Catholic Church, Main Street, La Veta on Friday & Saturday,  June 9 & 10, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The rummage sale is hosted by St. Ann’s Guild. There will be a lot of new & pre-owned items!

Shad Murib at Walsenburg Merc

WALSENBURG— The chairman of the Colorado Democrats, Shad Murib, will be in Walsenburg this Friday, June 9,  9 a.m. at the Walsenburg Mercantile. Join the Huerfano Dems in learning about “The 546 Project”.

Fridays For Fun: Art for the Young Human Being

LA VETA— The La Veta School of the Arts is pleased to announce our first class in the summer program, Fridays For Fun on June 9, from 1 – 3 p.m. Well-known educator and artist Sharona Whitley will teach Sandpainting for students aged 6 and older (younger, with adult supervision). All classes take place at LVSA, across from the park in La Veta. Go to thelvsa.org website for more information. Early registration reduces the fee from $10 to $5 per student, per class. To pre-register, you may use the website, or you may call 719.742.3421.

SPLD’s Flicks at the Library

WALSENBURG— Friday, June 9, at 1:30 p.m. Join us at Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg for this month’s movie, Jurassic Park starring… Dinosaurs, T-Rex and velociraptors!  Join us for this fun and suspense-filled movie with FREE popcorn and books! BYOB.

Historic Preservation Committee thank you reception

LA VETA— The La Veta HPC is hosting a Thank You Reception for all town residents on Friday, June
9 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile; refreshments will be provided! This Reception honors La Veta citizens’ commitment to the historic foundation of our town, and the economic resource that is our Historic District. There will be an awards ceremony to present three National Register plaques to building owners, historians and historic tax credit experts will be on hand, and several other local organizations will join us to discuss current good news projects taking place in La Veta.

Spanish Peaks 5/10K Run

LA VETA— Saturday, June 10, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Choose from 5K, out and back course; bring your dog!  Start at Francisco Fort Capps Building, run to Grandote Peaks and Back. Refreshments and awards! Registration information at https://twopeaksfitness.org/running-events. Two Peaks Fitness, 719-742-3555.

Open Garden at GVS

GARDNER— All summer long, the vegetable and flower gardens at the Gardner Valley School will be open to the public on Saturday mornings from
9 – 11 a.m. We invite you to join us to plant, weed, water, learn, share in early produce, feed the birds and have fun. So, grab your hats and sunscreen and come on down, everyone is welcome.

Arvel Bird comes to Huerfano

HUERFANO— Arvel Bird’s “Celtic Indian” brand is a reflection of his mixed-blood American Indian and Celtic heritages. With his violin, fiddle, Native flutes and Irish whistles, Arvel weaves a powerful tapestry of music and stories.   Come meet Arvel at the Francisco Fort Museum on Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m. later he will perform in an unforgettable concert at 7 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile. Then the special gift he is offering is an up close and personal event with attendance limited to 25 on Sunday, June 11, 1 p.m. in the Lathrop Park Conference Center to share his knowledge and passion about Totem Animals. This is an amazing experience to be able to offer locally. Please RSVP Sandy Dolak to save your space: sdolak@hhfoundation.org or text: 719-251-1271

Sangre de Cristo Pass Tour

WALSENBURG— The Huerfano County Historical Society is sponsoring a tour of the historic Sangre de Cristo Pass, also known as the Taos Trail, on Saturday, June 10th. This year the tour will follow in part the path of the 1853 Gunnison Expedition, builders of the first wagon road over the pass. We will also have stops at the pioneer settlement of St. Mary’s on the Huerfano River and at the Montoya homestead at Farasita, originally known as Fort Talpa. We will meet at the Walsenburg Mining Museum at 9 a.m. Bring water and lunch and allow 4-6 hours for the tour. Cost is $20 per person and $30 for families. For reservations call the Huerfano Heritage Center at 719-738-2346 or email us at huerfanoheritagecenter@outlook.com.

Cuchara Chapel services

CUCHARA— Featured pastor at the Cuchara Chapel for June 11 is Dr. Don Pike of the United Methodist Church.  Services are at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.  Go to CucharaChapel.org.

Live Music, Art and Games at The Parkside Art Gallery and Café

LA VETA— Sunday, June 11, 1 – 2:30 p.m. join us at the Parkside Art Gallery and Cafe, 127 W.Ryus Ave., La Veta, for Live Music by Michael Steward, board games and fun.

Call for singers

LA VETA— There’s still time to join the Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble as we prepare for our summer-season concert, scheduled for late August. We rehearse on Tuesdays, at 6:15 p.m., at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street in La Veta.  If you’ve been wanting to sing with us but just haven’t been sure how to take that first step, here’s your opportunity to come and get your feet wet. Come join us.   Please call 719-742-5333 if you have any questions.

Weekly wildflower & weed walks
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LA VETA—  Wildflowers, along with edible, medicinal, useful, and dangerous wild plants are popping! Learn how to ID what is what. Gentle one hour nature walks led every Wednesday, from 5 to 6 p.m. by local interpretive naturalist Bob Kennemer. Cost $5.00 per person. Class size limited to 10. Spring schedule:  June 7 in/near La Veta. June 14, 21, 28 in/near Cuchara Village. Handouts included. Pre Registration required 24 hours in advance, and to learn more, email Bob at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

Pioneer Day at Francisco Fort Museum

LA VETA— Wednesday, June 14, 10 a.m – 12 p.m.  La Veta Library and Francisco Fort Museum are pairing up for a morning of old fashioned fun for kids and families. We will have live animals, a tractor, leather stamping, butter making and more! Story time begins at 10 a.m. on the lawn outside the museum. Museum activities follow afterwards. For more info go to LVPL.org, email stephanie@lvpl.org or call 719-742-3572.

Twice Loved Critters

WALSENBURG— Join a special group of ladies on Wednesday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg to help get our “stuffed” critters ready for the “All Together Now” Teddy Bear Picnic that will be on June 29th at the Library. We are adding special touches to upcycled stuff toys to share with kiddos as “Reading Buddies”. All are welcome to join the fun.
Contact Sandy Johnston: 719-989-8438 for more information! A Huajatolla Heritage Foundation project.

American Legion Post 16 Meeting

WALSENBURG— The Brian T. Chiquette Post 16 of The American Legion will have their monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 6 p.m. at the Walsenburg Housing Authority Office, 220 Russell Ave. in Walsenburg. The Veterans Trust Fund (Veterans helping Veterans) is underway and you can find out more about this program at the meeting. For information, this program will end this month. All Veterans are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting. We will be discussing future activities for the Post. If you have any questions, please call Dave Rogers 719-738-9965.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

HUERFANO— Thursday, June 15 is World Abuse Awareness Day. The Huerfano County Department of Human Services Adult Protection team asks that you wear purple on Tuesday, June 15 in support of this day.

SPLD Presents the Friends of the Library Book Sale

WALSENBURG— Join the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg on Thursday, June 15th and Friday, June 16th from 10 – 3 p.m.  Come check out our awesome collection of donated books for sale at low prices!  Proceeds help the Friends support our library.

Cornhole for Relay for Life

WALSENBURG— Huerfano Cornhole is hosting a fundraising game for Relay for life on Saturday, June 17, check-in is at 10 a.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg. Register on the Scoreholio app or in person. There will be concessions for purchase, raffles, mystery bags, and knockout competition too.

Nerd Trivia! with La Veta Public Library

LA VETA— Join LVPL at Mountain Merman Brewery at 220 S. Main, on Monday, June 19, 6 p.m. for Nerd Trivia. There is no charge to participate in trivia. Great prizes donated by Mountain Merman Brewery! Want to host a library event at your business? We want to hear from you, info@lvpl.org

Experimental Drawing and Painting at LVSA

LA VETA— LVSA presents Peggy Zehring’s fun, abstract, experimental drawing and painting one week or two week class which will be happening at The La Veta School of the Arts in La Veta, from Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23, and Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Cost is $375.00 a week.  For more information or to register call 719-742-3421, or e-mail LVArtSchool@yahoo.com or register online at www.theLVSA.org

Volunteer Fair

WALSENBURG— Looking for a new volunteer opportunity? We would like to invite community member to join us in connecting with local nonprofit and public service organizations. It’s the perfect time for agencies to share available volunteer opportunities and for lour local population to seek our new areas of interest for volunteerism. Join us for theis FREE first-time ever event at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg on Wednesday, June 21, 3 – 6 p.m.

Register now for Vacation Bible School

WALSENBURG— Register now for Vacation Bible School happening Tuesday, June 27 – Friday, June 30, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Praise Church in Walsenburg. For more information on how to register see our ad below.

LAS ANIMAS

Summer Reading Program – All Together Now

TRINIDAD— Join us this summer for our 2023 Summer Reading Program! We will have special guest readers, celebrate our community make some crafts, earn prizes and explore new worlds and adventures with a new book. The summer reading program is for ages 0-17. This summer we will be using a virtual platform, READSquared, to register, complete missions, track reading and have access to some fun games. Please go to Trinidadcpl.readsquared.com to register starting on May 29.

Plant ID and collection workshop

TRINIDAD— Join the Purgatoire Watershed on Friday, June 9, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at USDA-NRCS Service Center for their Plant ID and Collection Workshop. Workshop, lunch, and plant press materials are free of charge thanks to sponsorship from the Spanish Peaks-Purgatoire River Conservation District and a grant obtained b the Purgatoire Watershed Partnership. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/purgatoirewatershedpartnership

Community Open House

TRINIDAD— Friday, June 9, 2 – 6 p.m. the Trinidad History Museum, 312 East Main St., is hosting a community open house. There will be food, beverages, hands on activities, interactive information booths and family friendly fun. Learn about the work we are doing at museum and through out Southern Colorado and more!

Pieces from the Santa Fe Trail

TRINIDAD— The Trinidad Carnegie Public Library is excited to host a book signing for Melva Nolan on Friday, June 9, from 4 – 6 p.m., upstairs in the library’s main room. Melva is a dedicated quilter, and hosts her own blog, MelvaLovesScraps. She has written a new book, pieces from the Santa Fe Trail: The story of Marion Sloan Russell’s journey on the Santa Fe Trail and her life told through a quilt.

Friday Night Live at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD— Every Friday Night beginning May 26th thru September 1st at 8 p.m. the park ranger/interpreter will present a program of interest to campers and the general public alike. Join us around the fire ring at the Trinidad Lake State Park amphitheater to get the latest in fishing activity, wildlife sightings and general information on hiking and biking in the area. The presentations will include an overview of the history and geology of the area and to make the most of your weekend outdoors. We provide the fire so bring your marshmallows for a fun evening under the stars.

Santa Fe Trail Days

TRINIDAD— Santa Fe Trail Days is a well-loved festival of downtown Trinidad since 1982. It is back again, bigger and better than ever, with activities for both your family and friends. Santa Fe Trail Days will be held Friday and Saturday, June 9th and 10th.

2nd Saturday Trail Work Days

TRINIDAD— Support your local trails this Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. and help maintain the Wormhole loop and start a new kids loop at Trinidad Lake State Park. All levels of experience welcome. Tools and snacks are provided but please bring your own water, gloves and sunscreen. Meet at the trail head of the Wormhole Loop to get started.

American Legion Post 11 veterans fish fry

TRINIDAD— The American Legion Post 11 will host the Third Annual Southern Fish Fry featuring a Fresh Gulf Shrimp and Fish on Saturday June 10,  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Wootton Veterans’ Memorial Square, with all the proceeds/donations to go directly support the operation and maintenance of Fort Wootton Veterans Memorial Square for use by the Veterans and Community of Trinidad and Las Animas County.

Youth Orchestra performance

TRINIDAD— Mt. Carmel presents their youth orchestra on Saturday, June 10, 11:30 a.m. They will be preforming at the Fort Wootton Veteran’s Memorial Square, 204 S. Chesnut, Trinidad.

Open Mic for all Literary Souls

TRINIDAD— The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District Announces Second Saturdays – Open Mic for all Literary Souls is returning for 2023! The series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at The Commons Space to Create, 218 West Main St. Join us Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m. the evening will begin with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public.

Wildlife Photography

TRINIDAD— Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m.   Join us at the Park Visitor Center for a conversation with wildlife photographer Mike Rearden as he shares his passion for wildlife and photography. Mike came to Colorado from Wales in 1994 and only recently moved to the Trinidad area where in a very short time has developed a large following for his wildlife photos. He will be sharing some of his favorite images and some of the techniques that have led to his successes in wildlife photography.

Street Closure – Moore’s Canyon Rd

TRINIDAD— Moore’s Canyon Road from Santa Fe Trail to Peak Street will be closed from June 12th to June 30th for a new gas line installation to add to infrastructure improvements throughout the City of Trinidad. Crews will be out starting June 5th to prep the road for construction and closure. Please slow down and pay attention, workers and flaggers will be on site and need your cooperation.

Philosophy Café: Ethics of care

TRINIDAD— On the second Monday of every month, the library hosts a Philosophy Café. Join us Monday, June 12,  5 p.m. everyone is welcome to join in to a discussion based on a given topic. The topic for June is Ethics of care, and The Care Manifesto. Susanne van der Meer chose this topic, and she has provided some explanation and links to more information below. This will be a remote meeting via Zoom Meeting, and you must register to join.  https://bit.ly/3OCxPHr

5th Annual Make Art Fair

TRINIDAD— On Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join the Art Council of Trinidad Presents for thier 5th Annual Art Fair at the Trinidad History Museum. Rain or Shine, we’re ready for this year’s art fair! There will be 9 art projects available to participate in, supplies and instruction provided! All are welcome, all ages, all free.

Poetry Workshop

TRINIDAD— Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. State Historian Jared Orsi and Poet Jodie Hollander will be visiting the Trinidad History Museum to lead a 3-hour creative writing workshop inspired by the history and natural landscape and setting of the place. This workshop will begin with a tour of our Children of Ludlow exhibit in the Bloom Mansion, where Jared will provide some introductory historical context and lead a discussion with participants in responses to the exhibit. Jodie will then lead a brief poetry lesson and offer participants time to write and share their poetry.

COLFAX
   
Public Meeting for Yankee Mine Safeguarding Project

RATON— The Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program invites you to a public meeting for the proposed safeguarding of the former Yankee Mine, including County Road A-25, located 8 miles northeast of Raton, NM. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 8, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, Raton. For more information please visit www.RatonCalendar.com.

Swimming Pool Opening Day

SPRINGER— Join us on Friday, June 9, starting at 9 a.m. as the Springer Swimming Pool welcomes everyone for another summer of splashing fun! Opening day is free for everyone, bring the whole family. For swimming passes, pool parties, swim lessons and more information call city hall at 575-483-2682.

Santa Fe Trail Museum Arts & Crafts Festival

SPRINGER— Bring your arts and crafts and join us for a fun day in Springer. Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Springer Museum Park, 602 Maxwell Ave, vendors please begin setting up at 7 a.m. There will also have music by JD’s DJ entertainment.

Farmers Market

CIMARRON— Come one, come all! The Cimarron Chamber is hosting the summer’s Farmers Market at the Village Park held on Saturdays now through Labor day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a vendor please call 575-376-2417 or email cimarronnm@gmail.com

New Mexico Impressions Collection-Reception

RATON— The Raton Museum is honored to host the event for Bernard Sandoval, New Mexico Impressions Collection. The reception will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Raton Museum, 108 South 2nd St.

Trivia night with FCCLA

RATON— Anyone love trivia? If so, join our Raton High School FCCLA Trivia night on Saturday, June 10, 6 – 8 p.m. $10 for a meal ticket that includes a hamburger, chips and a drink. All proceeds go to the FCCLA.

Night sky viewing

CAPULIN— Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, June 17, 8:30 p.m. join us at Capulin Volcano National Monument. Follow the red lights from the Visitor Center to the observing area. It can get chilly so please wear warm clothing.

Vacation Bible School

CIMARRON— Cimarron Methodist Church is hosting  Vacation Bible School Monday, June 12th – Friday, June 16th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. VBS is for children 5 years -13 years old. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. at Cimarron Methodist Church.

Living Awareness Celebration

RATON— Join Local Collaborative 8 on Wednesday, June 14, starting at 9 a.m. for a day full of celebrating Living Awareness. Held at the Raton Convention Center, the day starts out with the Veteran Color Guard. K-Bob’s is providing lunch and there will be guest speakers and music entertainment.

Capulin Volcano Ladybug Festival

CAPULIN— Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, starting at 8 a.m. Each year we have thousands of lovely Convergent Lady beetles visit our Volcano as part of their migratory journey due to our abundance of plants and insects the lady beetles can consume. The eggs laid here will hatch later in the summer, overwinter, and then the next generation will make their way further south. Come join us at Capulin Volcano to celebrate their return! Two days full of fun lady beetle facts, facepainting, prizes, and chances to explore the beauty of Capulin Volcano.

Angel Fire Balloon festival and street fair

ANGEL FIRE— We are closing down Bill Burgess Blvd a.k.a. North Angel Fire Rd. to have a street fair on Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.   After you enjoy the mass ascension of over 30 hot air balloons at Balloons Over Angel Fire, join us for Food, Fun, Arts & Crafts, Music, Mimosas & More! Check out the Balloon Festival too each morning over the weekend at the Angel Fire Airport. For more information please visit angelfirenm.gov.

Colfax Democrat meeting

COLFAX— The Democratic Party of Colfax County will meet on Saturday, June 17, 2 to 4 p.m. at Casa Lemus Restaurant, 350 Clayton Road, Raton. For more information email colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com.

Sloat Prince Foundation Scholarship for Colfax County graduates

COLFAX— The Sloat-Prince Foundation offers scholarships to graduates of Colfax County public or private high schools and to current Colfax County residents who may have graduated from high school elsewhere.  This includes public, private, charter, parochial or home school graduates.
To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college/university, or a vocational, trade or business school.  New recipient applications, including official transcripts of all semesters, must be received by the foundation board on or before June 15, 2023.  Applications are now available by emailing umwaroy@bacavalley.com or by contacting your school’s administration or guidance counselor.

Upcoming Events for June 1, 2023

Our World

Free Fishing Weekend

COLORADO— Saturday and Sunday, June 3rd & 4th
Annual Free Fishing Weekend Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting resident and nonresident anglers of all ages to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend. CPW reminds you that although a license or Habitat Stamp is not required on Free Fishing Weekend, all other rules and regulations will apply.

HUERFANO

RSVP now for the John Mall High School Class of 1981 Reunon

WALSENBURG— The great class of 1981 is holding a reunion this summer on Friday, June 30 through Saturday July 1 in Walsenburg.   Coctails and COnversations will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Whistle Stop Lofts at 408 Russell Street.
On Saturday, come to a Hoedown BBQ at the Eagles, 614 Main featuring cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6m and music and dancing from 7 p.m. on.   Wear western attire to enter a drawing for a prize.
Other activities for the weekend are now being organized, including bowling and potentially, a ‘Thanks For All The Memories’ tour of John Mall High School, which will be torn down next year, as well as a site visit of the new high school which will open next January.
Please let Sandy Montoya-Foster know if you are coming by emailing her at
sandi_diva_foster@hotmail.com

Dorcas Circle

WALSENBURG — From now on, Dorcas Circle will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays. We will no longer be open on Thursdays! See you Friday!

Francisco Fort open

LA VETA— The Francisco Fort in La Veta is open for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information on the Fort and summer events go to www.franciscofort.org  There is no admission fee and all events at the Fort this summer are free and open to the public.

Farmers Market Season is here

HUERFANO— It’s that time of year again! Get ready for a wonderful season filled with lots of local goodies grown, supplied, crafted and for purchase. La Veta will have their market every Thursday, 3-5 p.m. starting May 18th in the park next to the library on Main St. Cuchara will have their market on Fridays starting May 19, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile. Gardner will have their markets every Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church. Last but most certainly not least is Walsenburg’s market held every Sunday at Heritage Park on Main St. near the railroad tracks from 12 – 2 p.m. starting May 29. For more information and to become a vendor please email costeawood1@gmail.com.

The Mobile Market in La Veta

LA VETA— The Care and Share Mobile Market truck will be in the La Veta Village assisted living residence parking lot at 109 E. Francisco Street on Friday, June 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Mobile Market provides no-cost groceries. Everyone in the community is welcome to shop at the market. Simply walk up and choose food you would like to take home. Bring your own bags. For questions please call (719) 247-1393 or email foodservices@lavetavillage.org.

First Friday

LA VETA— Friday, June 2, 6 p.m. It’s that art, food and fun times again. The walks continue throughout the Summer on July 7, August 4, and September 1. Gather friends, family and youth that love pondering inspiring art, or enjoy a solo excursion exploring shops and galleries. Meet local, national and internationally recognized artists. Dine at nearby restaurants and breweries. Sponsored by La Veta Creative District and Colorado Creative Industries, a division of OEDIT. For more info, go to LaVetaCreativeDistrict.org.

Fox Rocks the block

WALSENBURG— Paul Robinson and the Hoodoo will be rocking the block this Friday, June 2, 7 p.m. Join the fun at the Fox Theatre in Walsenburg.

Fun Family Walk-Run-Bike

WALSENBURG— This fun walk/run/bike is a great way to celebrate National Trails Day and Lathrop State Park Saturday, June 3rd, 9 – 11 a.m. The Cuerno Verde Trail is a 3 mile concrete trail that is wide and easy with no incline. This event is stroller – and wheelchair-friendly and suitable for all ages and abilities. We’d love you to join us! A park pass is required on all vehicles. Other than a park pass, this event is free. Colorado.

Cuchara Mountain Park Spring Classic Disc Golf Tournament

CUCHARA— Join us on Saturday, June 3rd. We have divisions for all players from pros to beginners and juniors. This is a PDGA sanctioned C-Tier tournament. Great player packs and prizes including cash for all non-beginner/juniors. Thank you to our sponsors, Bachman & Associates, Mountain Merman Brewing Company and Crafted in Colorado. Register online: www.discgolfscene.com/tournament/Colorado

Code Breakers Hike

WALSENBURG— On Sunday, June 4, 11 a.m. just for fun be a code breaker. Kids with their families can take a walk at Lathrop State Park, and find clues to decipher a coded message in an activity called Code Breakers Hike. The activity will begin at 11 a.m. at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater. As always any vehicle in the State Park must have a park pass

Live Music, Art and Games at The Parkside Art Gallery and Café

LA VETA— Come join us for Live Music and Games at The Parkside Art Gallery, 127 W.Ryus Ave. on Sunday June 4, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Michael Steward will again be playing your favorite music while you can play a game of Domino’s, BackGammon, Chess, Checkers or any other game you would like to bring. Sing or dance along with Michael’s piano music. We’re looking forward to seeing you, it will be fun!

NOW That’s What I Call Music Bingo

LA VETA— Join La Veta Public Library at Mountain Merman Brewing Company for “Now That’s What I Call Music Bingo on Monday, June 5, 6 p.m.We will play samples on shuffle from a custom “1950’s Songs” Playlist that match spaces on bingo cards provided.

Mining Museum volunteer meeting

WALSENBURG— With a good start for the tourist season, the Walsenburg Mining Museum board and volunteers are meeting Tuesday, June 6, 3 p.m. to make plans for the remainder of the summer.  The Historical Society’s upcoming tours are part of the plans.

Call for singers

LA VETA— There’s still time to join the Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble as we prepare for our summer-season concert, scheduled for late August. We rehearse on Tuesdays, at 6:15 p.m., at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street in La Veta.  If you’ve been wanting to sing with us but just haven’t been sure how to take that first step, here’s your opportunity to come and get your feet wet. Come join us.   Please call 719-742-5333 if you have any questions.

Summer Sillies Scavenger Hunt Plus Lego Free Play

LA VETA— Join us Wednesday, June 7th for our first summer kids program at La Veta Library! Register for our reading program and read books to collect beads and earn tickets for our prize drawings. Story time begins at 10 a.m., activities afterwards. For more info go to LVPL.org, email stephanie@lvpl.org or call 719-742-3572.

Weekly wildflower & weed walks

LA VETA—  Spring wildflowers and plants are popping and it is time to learn what is what. These gentle one hours walks are led by professional interpretive naturalist Bob Kennemer. They will take place every Wednesday, now through fall, from 5 – 6 p.m. somewhere in Huerfano County, often right in or near our cities or towns. Cost is $5.00 per person and class size is limited to 10. One must pre register by emailing Bob at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

SPLD Presents Teen Pizza
 
WALSENBURG— Starting on Wednesday, June 7th, the Spanish Peaks Library will start offering FREE Gub Gub’s pizza every Wednesday from 4 – 6 p.m. for Walsenburg teens.  No catch, no demands, just stop by, grab a slice and check out our library!  We have a Wii, computers, games, puzzles, music and of course books!  Bring your friends and hang with us!

Let’s Talk Walsenburg

WALSENBURG— Please join us for a kick off celebration and conversation about the upcoming Museum on Mainstreet Exhibit on Thursday, June 8, 1 p.m. at MoF. The final exhibit will that will be hosted by the Museum of Friends will run from August 26, 2023 to October 9, 2023. This is an opportunity to learn more about this special exhibit that will be in Walsenburg and to talk about the experiences of people in Walsenburg as part of rural America. Lunch will be served.

Free bicycle repair clinic

LA VETA—  Thursday June 8, 2 – 5 p.m. Spanish Peaks Cycling Bicycle Repair Clinic. Bring your bikes and trikes, we will fix for free! In front of the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main St. Donations welcome. Questions please email info@spcycling.org

SPLD’s Flicks at the Library

WALSENBURG— Friday, June 9, at 1:30 p.m. Join us at Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg for this month’s movie, Jurassic Park starring… Dinosaurs, T-Rex and Velociraptors!  Join us for this fun and suspense-filled movie with FREE popcorn and books! BYOB.

Historic Preservation Committee Thank You Reception

LA VETA— The La Veta HPC is hosting a Thank You Reception for all town residents on Friday, June
9 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile; refreshments will be provided! This Reception honors La Veta citizens’ commitment to the historic foundation of our town, and the economic resource that is our Historic District. There will be an awards ceremony to present three National Register plaques to building owners, historians and historic tax credit experts will be on hand, and several other local organizations will join us to discuss current good news projects taking place in La Veta.

Arvel Bird comes to Huerfano

HUERFANO— Arvel Bird’s “Celtic Indian” brand is a reflection of his mixed-blood American Indian and Celtic heritages. With his violin, fiddle, Native flutes and Irish whistles, Arvel weaves a powerful tapestry of music and stories.   Come meet Arvel at the Francisco Fort Museum on Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m. later he will perform in an unforgettable concert at 7 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile. Then the special gift he is offering is an up close and personal event with attendance limited to 25 on Sunday, June 11, 1 p.m. in the Lathrop Park Conference Center to share his knowledge and passion about Totem Animals. This is an amazing experience to be able to offer locally. Please RSVP Sandy Dolak to save your space: sdolak@hhfoundation.org or text: 719-251-1271

Spanish Peaks 5/10K Run

LA VETA— Saturday June 10, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Choose from 5K, out and back course; bring your dog!  Start at Francisco Fort Capps Building, run to Grandote Peaks and Back. Refreshments and awards! Registration information at https://twopeaksfitness.org/running-events. Two Peaks Fitness, 719-742-3555.

Sangre de Cristo Pass Tour

WALSENBURG— The Huerfano County Historical Society is sponsoring a tour of the historic Sangre de Cristo Pass, also known as the Taos Trail, on Saturday, June 10th. This year the tour will follow in part the path of the 1853 Gunnison Expedition, builders of the first wagon road over the pass. We will also have stops at the pioneer settlement of St. Mary’s on the Huerfano River and at the Montoya homestead at Farasita, originally known as Fort Talpa. We will meet at the Walsenburg Mining Museum at 9 a.m. Bring water and lunch and allow 4-6 hours for the tour. Cost is $20 per person and $30 for families. HCHS members will receive a discount. For reservations call the Huerfano Heritage Center at 719-738-2346 or email us at huerfanoheritagecenter@outlook.com.

LAS ANIMAS

Summer Reading Program – All Together Now

TRINIDAD— Join us this summer for our 2023 Summer Reading Program! We will have special guest readers, celebrate our community make some crafts, earn prizes and explore new worlds and adventures with a new book. The summer reading program is for ages 0-17. This summer we will be using a virtual platform, READSquared, to register, complete missions, track reading and have access to some fun games. Please go to Trinidadcpl.readsquared.com to register starting on May 29.

Teen Paint Night

TRINIDAD— Farmer’s Insurance is proud to sponsor Teen paint night on Thursday, June 1, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Join the fun at The Art Cottage, 210 N. Commercial St. Please register by calling 719-859-3123.

Hans Droog gallery showing

TRINIDAD— Painter, sculptor and woodworker Hans Droog will show a collection of photographs, paintings and sculpture proposals at 221B Gallery on Thursday, June 1, from 5-8 p.m. This will be Droog’s first formal solo exhibition in Trinidad and the first time 221B has widely promoted an event to the public. 221B Gallery is located at 221 Nona Ave in Trinidad.

Wellness Garden Opening Celebration

TRINIDAD— We are excited to share that Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens will be reopening next month. Effective June 1, the location will be staffed Tuesday through Sunday, offering free Gardens admission for community members and visitors, apart from private and special events.
In honor of the reopening, Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens will be hosting a free community celebration on Friday, June 2.  Please join us and enjoy informational tours of the Gardens, followed by remarks from community leaders, including Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center Board Chair and Event MC Ed Griego, Denver Broncos All-Pro Middle Linebacker 1974-1983, Randy Gradishar, and Holy Trinity Graduate 1957 and CIF Los Angeles City Section Sports Hall of Famer Mike Maio. The evening event will conclude with live music by Christa Russell & Todd Franks.

Senior Days at Books & More

TRINIDAD— Senior Days at Books & More bookstore in Trinidad will be this Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3.  Store hours for Friday are 11-4 and Saturday are 10-3:30. Most items are 50% off.  For more information please call 719-846-8522.

Friday Night Live at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD— Every Friday Night beginning May 26th thru September 1st at 8 p.m. the park ranger/interpreter will present a program of interest to campers and the general public alike. Join us around the fire ring at the Trinidad Lake State Park amphitheater to get the latest in fishing activity, wildlife sightings and general information on hiking and biking in the area. The presentations will include an overview of the history and geology of the area and to make the most of your weekend outdoors. We provide the fire so bring your marshmallows for a fun evening under the stars.

24th Annual Fishing Tournament
 
STONEWALL— Join us for the 24th Annual Fishing Tournament hosted by Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary at Monument Lake on Saturday, June 3. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Orientation 8 a.m. Fishing starts at 9 a.m. ends 3 p.m. Awards will be at 4 p.m. Adults $20 Youth under 16 $15. Monument Lake Park entrance fee required. No fishing licenses required on this day. For more information visit www.StonewallFire.us or call us at 719-868-2249.

PALS Thrift Store Grand Opening

TRINIDAD— PALS, a new non-profit, charity thrift store in Trinidad, is having their grand opening on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 500 W. Main street. Owned and operated by the Pet Assistance League, all profits fund an extensive service program for pets, pet owners & stray animals. Contact them at 719-680-0525 or by email, PALSoftrinidad@gmail.com for more information. It’s easy to find, on Main street right behind Safeway.

Apishapa Valley Heritage Center & Museum Opening Day

AGUILAR— The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center & Museum located at 132 E. Main Street in Aguilar will officially open for the summer on Saturday, June 3rd featuring “By Gone Days” from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  There will be a Silent Auction,  retro games for kids,  and grilled hamburgers & hot dogs will be available from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the courtyard.
We rely on volunteers to keep our doors open on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.  If you would like to help, contact Pat at 719-406-5203.

PWP Bags & Brews river cleanup

TRINIDAD— Join us for the June River Cleanup, sponsored by Purgatoire Watershed Partnership on Saturday, June 3, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Safeway Flags. Trash bags, brand new gloves, factory-sealed bottles of water, brand new safety vests, disinfecting wipes will be provided. Please bring whatever additional personal protective gear you would like – sunscreen, hat, mask, personal water bottle, your own gloves if you’d rather, etc. Please call us if you have any questions 970-420-1915.

Internatl. Fly Fishing Film Fest

TRINIDAD— The 2023 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is coming to Trinidad on Saturday, June
3rd, doors open at 4 p.m. featuring 10 short and feature-length films. The Trinidad event will be at the Main Street LIVE! Theater located at 131 W. Main St
Tickets are priced at $20 in advance at Moose’s or
Fishers Peak Outfitters or $25 at Main Street LIVE! on the day of the event.

Second annual “Echoes of History – Saving Trinidad’s Past”

TRINIDAD—  Echoes of History -Saving Trinidad’s Past produced by THPC, invites locals and guests to multiple sessions on Saturday, June 3, featuring Fox-West Theater’s lead architect, Gregory Friesen (CSNA) and East Street Culinary School’s architect, Paul Glenn (PTSM). Breakout sessions at Space to Create Commons demonstrate how to ‘Landmark’ an over 50 year-old property, rehabilitating The Wheeler Monument and meeting storytellers at many historic spaces. Trolley tours with guides at each site involve: Trinidad’s City Hall, Carnegie Library, Water Works, The Chappelle House, Fort Wootton Memorial Square and the “Santa Fe Style” Golf Course Club House designed by IH and WM Rapp in 1922.
For more information email kris.hall@trinidad.co.gov or visit www.visittrinidadcolorado.com or jeandilisio@msn.com

There’s Something Fishy at TSLP

TRINIDAD— In recognition of Colorado Free Fishing Weekend June 3rd and 4th we are excited to welcome CPW aquatic biologist Carrie Tucker on Saturday, June 3, 7 p.m. at the Trinidad Lake State Park Amphitheater Have you ever been curious about the fish species in Trinidad Reservoir? Why certain species are present and others aren’t? Have you ever wondered what a CPW aquatic biologist does? Tucker will answer these and many other questions that just might lead to catching the “big one’” or just improvement in your overall fishing experience.

Full Moon Ride

TRINIDAD— Join us Saturday, June 3rd, 8 p.m. at the Wormhole to bask in the Strawberry Moon and welcome those summer nights. Ride, hike, or just hang in the parking lot. We’ll get the pulse of the group to see about going up on top of the mesa, rolling up Simpson’s Rest, or just chillin’ on the lower loops.
Lights and helmet REQUIRED!

Pieces from the Santa Fe Trail

TRINIDAD— The Trinidad Carnegie Public Library is excited to host a book signing for Melva Nolan on Friday, June 9, from 4 – 6 p.m., upstairs in the library’s main room. Melva is a dedicated quilter, and hosts her own blog, MelvaLovesScraps. She has written a new book, pieces from the Santa Fe Trail: The story of Marion Sloan Russell’s journey on the Santa Fe Trail and her life told through a quilt.

Open Mic for all Literary Souls

TRINIDAD— The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District Announces Second Saturdays – Open Mic for all Literary Souls is returning for 2023! The series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at The Commons Space to Create, 218 West Main St. Join us Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m. the evening will begin with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public.

Philosophy Café: Ethics of care

TRINIDAD— On the second Monday of every month, the library hosts a Philosophy Café. Join us Monday, June 12,  5 p.m. everyone is welcome to join in to a discussion based on a given topic. The topic for June is Ethics of care, and The Care Manifesto. Susanne van der Meer chose this topic, and she has provided some explanation and links to more information below. This will be a remote meeting via Zoom Meeting, and you must register to join.  https://bit.ly/3OCxPHr

Street Closure – Moore’s Canyon Rd

TRINIDAD— Moore’s Canyon Road from Santa Fe Trail to Peak Street will be closed from June 12th to June 30th for a new gas line installation to add to infrastructure improvements throughout the City of Trinidad. Crews will be out starting June 5th to prep the road for construction and closure. Please slow down and pay attention, workers and flaggers will be on site and need your cooperation.

Santa Fe Trail Days

TRINIDAD— Santa Fe Trail Days is a well-loved festival of downtown Trinidad since 1982. It is back again, bigger and better than ever, with activities for both your family and friends. Santa Fe Trail Days will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and 10th from 4 – 11 p.m.

Fort Wootton’s Southern Fish Fry

TRINIDAD— Join the Fort Wooton Veterans at Memorial Square, 204 S. Chestnut St, on Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m for their Fish Fry. Fresh Guly shrimp and fish will be served along with refreshments. Donations are encouraged and accepted. Veterans, First Responders and their families are always free. All donations directly support the operation and maintenance of Fort Wootoon Veterans’ Memorial Square.

COLFAX
 
Farmer’s Market

CIMARRON— Come one, come all! The Cimarron Chamber is hosting the summer’s Farmers Market at the Village Park held on Saturdays now through Labor day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a vendor please call 575-376-2417 or email cimarronnm@gmail.com

Frito Banditos Annual Car Show

RATON— Bring your ride and join the first annual car show that Frito Bandito- New Mexican Eatery is hosting on Saturday, June 3, 12 – 5 p.m. It’s $20 entry per car and will be held at 1012 S. 2nd st, Raton. For more information please call 575-707-8888

Community Out Reach

RATON— The NMVAHCS would like to let everyone know that will be at the Raton VA Clinic all day on Wednesday, June 7th. We invite any Veterans and their families or caregivers to drop by and learn about the many programs and services we provide. This is also a geat opportunity to see our clinic and the staff that work there.

Sloat Prince Foundation Scholarship for Colfax County graduates

COLFAX— The Sloat-Prince Foundation offers scholarships to graduates of Colfax County public or private high schools and to current Colfax County residents who may have graduated from high school elsewhere.  This includes public, private, charter, parochial or home school graduates.
To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college/university, or a vocational, trade or business school.  New recipient applications, including official transcripts of all semesters, must be received by the foundation board on or before June 15, 2023.  Applications are now available by emailing umwaroy@bacavalley.com or by contacting your school’s administration or guidance counselor.

Upcoming events for May 25th, 2023

SCCOG Board Meeting

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS— The South Central Council of Governments next board meeting (open to public) is scheduled on May 25.  The meeting will start at 1:00 PM.  Contact Donna Sue at SCCOG at 719-845-1133 X223 for zoom link if you would like to join the meeting.

HUERFANO
 
Dorcas Circle

WALSENBURG — From now on, Dorcas Circle will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays. We will no longer be open on Thursdays! See you Friday!

Murder Mystery Casting Call

WALSENBURG— Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg is looking for participants to play numerous parts in our upcoming Midsummer Murder Mystery in late June.  We have parts open for roles ranging from shopkeeper, tavern owner, library staff, board members to the actual murderer and dead person!  No experience is necessary as this is all for fun!  If you’re interested, please call 719-738-2774 or stop by the library and choose your role!

Free books! Register kids now

HUERFANO— Spark a lifelong love of reading and learning in your kids, and draw your family closer together sharing stories everyone will love. Children under five in Huerfano County can register online to
receive free, age-appropriate books in the mail once a month from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Go to imaginationlibrary.com to register children. For more info call La Veta Library @ 719-742-3572 or email stephanie@lvpl.org.

Farmer’s Market Season is here

HUERFANO— It’s that time of year again! Get ready for a wonderful season filled with lots of local goodies grown, supplied, crafted and for purchase. La Veta will have their market every Thursday, 3-5 p.m. starting May 18th in the park next to the library on Main St. Cuchara will have their market on Fridays starting May 19, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile. Gardner will have their markets every Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church. Last but most certainly not least is Walsenburg’s market held every Sunday at Heritage Park on Main St. near the railroad tracks from 12 – 2 p.m. starting May 29. For more information and to become a vendor please email costeawood1@gmail.com.

Weekly wildflower & weed walks

LA VETA—  Spring wildflowers and plants are popping and it is time to learn what is what. These gentle one hours walks are led by professional interpretive naturalist Bob Kennemer. They will take place every Wednesday, now through fall, from 5 – 6 p.m. somewhere in Huerfano County, often right in or near our cities or towns. Cost is $5.00 per person and class size is limited to 10. One must pre register by emailing Bob at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

Art for the Abuelas – Cactus Garden

WALSENBURG— Join us for Art for the Abuelas Cactus Garden on Thursday, May 25, 1 p.m. located at the Spanish Peak Library in Walsenburg. This is free to the public. Please RSVP to Sandy J (719) 989-8438 with the Huajatolla Heritage Foundation Program.

Mural Fest

WALSENBURG— Mural Fest is back again for another year old mural paintings in Walsenburg’s alley ways. Check out the artists Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the alley behind the Fox Theatre. Saturday after Porchfest they will be partying it up from 5 – 7 p.m. DJ’s from Sonic Bloom will be in attendance as well!

Pancake Breakfast

LA VETA— Come join us for the annual pancake breakfast hosted by the LVFPD Auxiliary. They’ll be serving pancakes, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and more! The breakfast will be held Saturday, May 27, 8 – 11 a.m. at the La Veta Fire Station, 100 Birch St. Adult plates are $12 and $6 for children.

Puentas: Respecting the Past Bridges to the Future

HUERFANO—  A gala event that has been months in the planning is happening Memorial Day weekend in Huerfano County! The inaugural sharing of a Pictorial Archive of 25 Founding Hispano Families will debut in La Veta on Saturday, May 27,  from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the La Veta Community Center  with a few specially invited vendors. Guest speakers will be at the La Veta Library starting at 10:30 a.m. with noted author and
historian, Virginia Sanchez; noon; Norberto Valdez, PhD, retired Ethnic Studies professor addressing the
concept of Querencia (the place from which one draws their strength). At 2 p.m. much respected journalist from PBS, Kate Perdoni, will share her reverence for people and place in southern Colorado.
On Sunday, May 28th all events move to the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Aven Walsenburg from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. A free buffet, entertainment, Biscochito Contest and select vendors will accompany the impressive Pictorial Archive display (more than 18 foot of photos)! Please join us for this important event! A collaborative effort with Huerfano County Historical Society, Huajatolla Heritage Foundation, Warm Cookies of the Revolution, and Arts in Society!

Walsenburg Porchfest

WALSENBURG— Walsenburg Porchfest is this Saturday! 12 – 5 p.m. The line up has changed and keeps changing! Please visit walsenburgporchfest.com to view our map of events including 8 live music locations, over a dozen yard sales, fundraisers, and so much more. We encourage all to leave the cars at home and walk/bike around town. Get to know your neighbors, pack-in/pack-out, and have fun!

SPLD Presents Chalk the Block

WALSENBURG— Saturday, May 27,  1 – 3 p.m., featuring local artist Peggy Zehring.  Explore your inner artist while having fun creating chalk murals on the library sidewalks at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg.  All ages are welcome!

Memorial Day Weekend activities at Lathrop State Park

WALSENBURG— On Saturday, May 27, 7 p.m. Wildlife Officer Bob Holder returns to Lathrop to present his popular program on bears (and other Colorado wildlife). Ever the crowd pleaser, Holder’s presentation is highly educational and entertaining. The program will be at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.
On Sunday, May 28 at 10 a.m. families can have fun taking part in a Wetland Hike. Participants will take a short hike along the trail and use an Explorer’s guide and the Merlin app to make bird discoveries along the way. The activity will at the Wetlands Walk Parking area. If you would like the Merlin Bird ID
App can be downloaded free from the App Store.

Best of the Biscochito Contest

WALSENBURG— As part of the gala Puentes celebration on Sunday, May 28, 11 a.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg to share the Pictorial Archive of 25 Founding Families in Huerfano County, we will also be having a Best of the Biscochito Contest. You must pre-register. Please contact info@hhfoundation.org or call or text Charlene Velarde at 719-299-8541. Prizes will be awarded.

Memorial Day Service at La Veta Cemetery

LA VETA— Cuchara Valley Christian Community Services (CVCCS) and the American Legion Brian T. Chiquette Post 16 will be presenting their Annual Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at the La Veta Cemetery. All are welcome! The American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting a luncheon immediately after the services at the La Veta Community Center.

American Legion Post 16 Meeting

HUERFANO— Post 16 of The American Legion will have a public Celebration Meeting at the Huerfano Community Center, 928 Russell Street, Walsenburg on Tuesday, May 30, 3 p.m. National American Legion Officers from Indiana will present the Post with their new Charter, designating the Post as “Brian T. Chiquette Post 16 of The American Legion”, named after La Veta resident and Vietnam War hero Brian Chiquette. Brian rose from an orphanage in Los Angeles, CA to serving 4 tours of duty in Vietnam, to a resident of La Veta, working at the Spanish Peaks Hospital.  He received various medals as a result of his Service in Vietnam, including 4 Purple Hearts. In 2022, Brian succumbed to injuries as a result of Agent Orange exposure and the Post Membership thought it a befitting tribute to name the Post in his namesake. Light refreshments will be served. All Veterans and the Public are invited and encouraged to attend. This is a one-time event that will shape Post 16’s posture for the years to come. If you have any questions, please call Dave Rogers 719-738-9965.

Fun Family Walk-Run-Bike to Celebrate National Trails Day

WALSENBURG— This fun walk/run/bike is a great way to celebrate National Trails Day and Lathrop State Park Saturday, June 3rd, 9 – 11 a.m. The Cuerno Verde Trail is a 3 mile concrete trail that is wide and easy with no incline. This event is stroller – and wheelchair-friendly and suitable for all ages and abilities. We’d love you to join us! A park pass is required on all vehicles. Other than a park pass, this event is free. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting resident and nonresident anglers of all ages to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on June 3rd and 4th. Attend the event in the morning and go fishing in the afternoon. Contact La Veta Trails with your questions (719) 890-4071.

Cuchara Mountain Park Spring Classic Disc Golf Tournament

CUCHARA— Join us for the inaugural edition on Saturday, June 3rd. We have divisions for all players from pros to beginners and juniors. This is a PDGA sanctioned C-Tier tournament. Great player packs and prizes including cash for all non-beginner/juniors! Thank you to our sponsors, Bachman & Associates, Mountain Merman Brewing Company and Crafted in Colorado! We are still looking for sponsors either cash or for prizes – contact us for more information. Register online: www.discgolfscene.com/tournament/Colorado

SPLD presents the return of Toddler Storytime

WALSENBURG— Mrs. Flamingo is back for Storytime at Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg!  Join her for read alouds, songs and crafts every Monday from 10:30-11:00am.  Ages 0-4yrs, beginning June 5th.  Don’t miss the fun!

SPLD Presents Teen Pizza
 
WALSENBURG— Starting on Wednesday, June 7th, the Spanish Peaks Library will start offering FREE Gub Gub’s pizza every Wednesday from 4 – 6 p.m. for Walsenburg teens.  No catch, no demands, just stop by, grab a slice and check out our library!  We have a Wii, computers, games, puzzles, music and of course books!  Bring your friends and hang with us!

Let’s Talk Walsenburg

WALSENBURG— Please join us for a kick off celebration and conversation about the upcoming Museum on Mainstreet Exhibit on Thursday, June 8, 1 p.m. at MoF. The final exhibit will that will be hosted by the Museum of Friends will run from from August 26, 2023 to October 9, 2023. This is an opportunity to learn more about this special exhibit that will be in Walsenburg and to talk about the experiences of people in Walsenburg as part of rural America. Lunch will be served.

Free Bicycle Repair Clinic

LA VETA– Thursday June 8, 2 – 5 p.m. Spanish Peaks Cycling Bicycle Repair Clinic. Bring your bikes and trikes – we will fix for free! In front of the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main St. Donations welcome. Questions please email info@spcycling.org

Thank You Reception for all Town residents

LA VETA— You’re Invited! The La Veta HPC is hosting a Thank You Reception for all Town residents on Friday, June 9 from 4-7 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile; REFRESHMENTS will be provided! This Reception honors La Veta citizens’ commitment to the historic foundation of our town, and the economic resource that is our Historic District. There will be an awards ceremony to present three National Register plaques to building owners, historians and historic tax credit experts will be on hand, and several other local organizations will join us to discuss current good news projects taking place in La Veta. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Spanish Peaks 5/10K Run

LA VETA— Saturday, June 10, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Choose from 5K, out and back course; bring your dog! 10K, 5K Course x2. Start at Francisco Fort Capps Building, run to Grandote Peaks and Back. Refreshments and awards! Registration information at https://twopeaksfitness.org/running-events. Two Peaks Fitness, 719-742-3555.

LAS ANIMAS
 
Abstract Art Show

TRINIDAD— This is a show to encourage your imagination, and involvement and to provide a viewer with an emotional experience that is completely different for each person, depending on their personality and mood. There are no rules in abstract art. It should just be made up of color, shape, form, texture, and value and does not tell a story. For our show there is only one rule and that pertains to the size of the artwork. Our gallery has limited space so the size rule is so we can accommodate a lot of imaginative pieces to show. Maximum size will be 30 x 30 inches.
Entry fee is $10 per piece or $25 for 3 pieces. Cash prizes will be awarded. Art take in will be May 27, 28, 29, and 30 from 11:00 to 4:00 at the Corazon Gallery, 149 East Main St, Trinidad, Colorado. The opening reception will be during the First Friday Art Walk on June 2nd at the Corazon Gallery. Cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded.

Friday Night Live at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD— Every Friday Night begining May 26th thru September 1st at 8 p.m. the park ranger/interpreter will present a program of interest to campers and the general public alike. Join us around the fire ring at the Trinidad Lake State Park amphitheater to get the latest in fishing activity, wildlife sightings and general information on hiking and biking in the area. The presentations will include an overview of the history and geology of the area and to make the most of your weekend outdoors. We will provide the fire so bring your marshmallows for a fun evening under the stars.

Snakes Alive

TRINIDAD— Join  naturalist, Bob Kennemer, Saturday, May 27,  7 p.m.  at the Amphitheater. Kennemer will have live non-venomous snakes on hand as he discusses snake safety, how to avoid dangerous confrontations with snakes, snake lore, and how to treat a rattle snake bite in the back country. This program is designed for all ages so bring the kids to this program, which is as entertaining as it is educational.

Sights and Sounds of Colorado Wildlife

TRINIDAD— This presentation promises to be a fun and informative evening on Sunday, May 28, 7 p.m. This ever-popular program features District Wildlife Manager, Bob Holder. You will be introduced to a better understanding of wildlife through the use of hides, skulls and other authentic materials designed to provide you with a more in depth appreciation of the wildlife in our area.

Summer Reading Program – All Together Now

TRINIDAD— Join us this summer for our 2023 Summer Reading Program! We will have special guest readers, celebrate our community make some crafts, earn prizes and explore new worlds and adventures with a new book. The summer reading program is for ages 0-17. This summer we will be using a virtual platform, READSquared, to register, complete missions, track reading and have access to some fun games. Please go to Trinidadcpl.readsquared.com to register starting on May 29.

Hans Droog gallery showing

TRINIDAD— Painter, sculptor and woodworker Hans Droog will show a collection of photographs, paintings and sculpture proposals at 221B Gallery on Thursday, June 1, from 5-8 p.m. This will be Droog’s first formal solo exhibition in Trinidad and the first time 221B has widely promoted an event to the public. 221B Gallery is located at 221 Nona Ave in Trinidad.

24th Annual Fishing Tournament
 
STONEWALL— Join us for the 24th Annual Fishing Tournament hosted by Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary at Monument Lake on Saturday, June 3. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Orientation 8 a.m. Fishing starts at 9 a.m. ends 3 p.m. Awards will be at 4 p.m. Adults $20 Youth under 16 $15. Monument Lake Park entrance fee required. No fishing licenses required on this day. CASH PRIZES – $3000 TOP PRIZE.For more information visit www.StonewallFire.us or call us at 719-868-2249.

PWP Bags & Brews river cleanup

TRINIDAD— Join us for the June River Cleanup, sponsored by Purgatoire Watershed Partnership on Saturday, June 3, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Safeway Flags. Trash bags, brand new gloves, factory-sealed bottles of water, brand new safety vests, disinfecting wipes will be provided. Please bring whatever additional personal protective gear you would like – sunscreen, hat, mask, personal water bottle, your own gloves if you’d rather, etc. At 10:30 a.m.  we’ll head over to Moose’s for a post-event social and celebration. Please call us if you have any questions 970-420-1915.

International Fly Fishing Film Fest

TRINIDAD— The 2023 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is coming to Trinidad on Saturday, June
3rd, doors open at 4 p.m. featuring 10 short and feature-length films. The Trinidad event will be at the Main Street LIVE! Theater located at 131 W. Main St
Tickets are priced at $20 in advance at Moose’s or
Fishers Peak Outfitters or $25 at Main Street LIVE! on the day of the event.

The 2nd Annual “Echoes of History – Saving Trinidad’s Past”

TRINIDAD—  Echoes of History -Saving Trinidad’s Past produced by THPC, invites locals and guests to multiple sessions on Saturday, June 3, featuring Fox-West Theater’s lead architect, Gregory Friesen (CSNA) and East Street Culinary School’s architect, Paul Glenn (PTSM). Breakout sessions at Space to Create Commons demonstrate how to ‘Landmark’ an over 50 year-old property, rehabilitating The Wheeler Monument and meeting storytellers at many historic spaces. Trolley tours with guides at each site involve: Trinidad’s City Hall, Carnegie Library, Water Works, The Chappelle House, Fort Wootton Memorial Square and the “Santa Fe Style” Golf Course Club House designed by IH and WM Rapp in 1922.
For more information email kris.hall@trinidad.co.gov or visit www.visittrinidadcolorado.com or jeandilisio@msn.com

Santa Fe Trail Days – Vendors Wanted

TRINIDAD— Santa Fe Trail Days is a well-loved festival of downtown Trinidad since 1982. It is back again, bigger and better than ever, with activities for both your family and friends. Put your business on display for the entire community to get to know you. Food trucks, crafts, art, and all the non-profit organizations need a seat on Main Street. Please contact Amy for an application at 719-846-9285 or email chamber@tlacchamber.org. Chamber members get discounted rates for vendor spots. Santa Fe Trail Days will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and 10th.

COLFAX
 
Pride and Glory – Book Signing

RATON— Celebrating the history contained in “Pride & Glory: The Cimarron & Northwestern Railway Company” Another Opportunity for those interested in local and regional history, to chat with authors Tucker Baker and Trevor Lombardi to learn about a littleknown logging railroad that bore its roots and fueled industry in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado in the early 20th century. Join us on Saturday, May 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Raton Museum, 108 S. 2nd Street.

Full Moon hike at Capulin Volcano

CAPULIN— Take a ranger guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full or nearly full moon on Saturday, May 27, 8 p.m. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience the top of Capulin Volcano in a new light! Wear warm clothing and layers as the weather may be chilly. Meet at the visitor center before heading up the volcano. Reservations are required; call 575-278-2201 with the number of people attending to reserve a spot!

Trail Project at Capulin Volcano National Monument

RATON— Join us for a two-day project at Capulin Volcano National Monument (near Raton). The volunteer work is slated for Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, and will include overnight camping within the park.  All meals, tools and training will be provided.  NMVFO will improve two trails: the Boca Trail (a two-mile loop) and the Lava Flow Trail (a one-mile loop). Work includes lopping, moving rocks, and widening trail in some sections. Sunday will be a half day of work.  Volunteers can learn more and register for the project at NMVFO’s projects page here:  https://nmvfo.org/projects/capulin-volcano-nps/

Sloat Prince Foundation Scholarship for Colfax County graduates

COLFAX— The Sloat-Prince Foundation offers scholarships to graduates of Colfax County public or private high schools and to current Colfax County residents who may have graduated from high school elsewhere.  This includes public, private, charter, parochial or home school graduates.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college/university, or a vocational, trade or business school.  New recipient applications, including official transcripts of all semesters, must be received by the foundation board on or before June 15, 2023.  Applications are now available by emailing umwaroy@bacavalley.com or by contacting your school’s administration or guidance counselor.

Upcoming Events for May 18th, 2023

HUERFANO
 
Dorcas Circle

WALSENBURG — From now on, Dorcas Circle will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays. We will no longer be open on Thursdays! See you Friday!

Murder Mystery Casting Call

WALSENBURG— Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg is looking for participants to play numerous parts in our upcoming Midsummer Murder Mystery in late June.  We have parts open for roles ranging from shopkeeper, tavern owner, library staff, board members to the actual murderer and dead person!  No experience is necessary as this is all for fun!  If you’re interested, please call 719-738-2774 or stop by the library and choose your role!

Free books! Register kids now

HUERFANO— Spark a lifelong love of reading and learning in your kids, and draw your family closer together sharing stories everyone will love. Children under five in Huerfano County can register online to
receive free, age-appropriate books in the mail once a month from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Go to imaginationlibrary.com to register children. For more info call La Veta Library @ 719-742-3572 or email stephanie@lvpl.org.

Farmer’s Market Season is here

HUERFANO— It’s that time of year again! Get ready for a wonderful season filled with lots of local goodies grown, supplied, crafted and for purchase. La Veta will have their market every Thursday, 3-5 p.m. starting May 18th in the park next to the library on Main St. Cuchara will have their market on Fridays starting May 19, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile. Gardner will have their markets every Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church. Last but most certainly not least is Walsenburg’s market held every Sunday at Heritage Park on Main St. near the railroad tracks from 12 – 2 p.m. starting May 29. For more information and to become a vendor please email costeawood1@gmail.com.

Open House Wheelhouse

WALSENBURG— We are having an Open House at the new Incubator, The Wheelhouse, and would love to have you come by and check it out. The Open House will be Friday, May 19, 4 – 6 p.m.  The Wheelhouse is located at 609 Main Street in Walsenburg.

Chainsaw Carving Demonstration

LA VETA— Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.  Come see Kenny from The Bear Spot doing his magic at La Veta Pines RV Park. We can’t wait to see what will become of our old willow stump. Stop by and watch the transformation. Weather permitting. Visitors please park on the street.

Free Vet Clinic and Community Health Fair

WALSENBURG— Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. People and pets in Huerfano County experiencing extreme financial hardship are invited to come for free medical and dental screenings, dental cleaning, vaccinations, bike inspections and repair, a free lunch and more.  Also, bring your pets for vet exams, vaccinations, nail trims, microchiping, food and more!  Don’t miss this great event held at Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg.

Water Conservancy District Meeting

WALSENBURG— The monthly board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell St, Walsenburg, on Monday, May 22, 6 p.m. The draft agenda for the meeting will be available on the district’s website: www.hcwcd.net .

Trivia Night: Sitcoms Trivia Pt. 1

LA VETA— Join La Veta Public Library at Mountain Merman Brewing Company, 220 S. Main St., La Veta on Monday, May 22, 6 p.m. for a night of Sitcoms Trivia (Pt. 1)! Follow up Sitcoms Trivia will not be immediate. 6 rounds, up to FIVE (5) people on a team. No electronic devices allowed-this will result in immediate team disqualification. There is no charge to participate in trivia. Great prizes donated by Mountain Merman Brewery! A great time guaranteed! Want to host a library event at your business? We want to hear from you! info@lvpl.org

Huerfano Honors Its Own

WALSENBURG— The May honorees that will be presented at the County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 10 a.m. are Elder, Dr. Bill Cluff and younger Ms. Willow Clark. There will be a reception at 11 a.m. at SPRHC for the many health care workers that have had the honor of working with Dr. Cluff. At 2 p.m. a community reception will be held at La Veta Village Assisted Living, 109 E. Francisco Street to honor both Dr. Cluff and Willow for their important contributions to our county. Another community project sponsored by Huajatolla Heritage Foundation.

Call for Singers
 
LA VETA— The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble invites you to join us as we prepare for our summer-season concert, scheduled for late August – think, “Ice Cream Social.”  We’ll rehearse on Tuesdays, at 6:15 p.m., starting Tuesday, May 23, at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street. We’ll be preparing some finger-snappin’, toe-tappin’, hand-clappin’, foot stompin’, all-around joyful music. Everyone is welcome, whether you read music or not, sopranos, altos, tenors, basses.We’ll have sheet music and cd’s for you.   If you’ve been wanting to sing with us but just haven’t been sure how to take that first step, here’s your opportunity to come and get your feet wet.  We’ve arranged our rehearsal schedule to allow for summer travel schedules as well.  We endeavor to spread goodness, truth and beauty by making a joyful noise wherever we sing!  Come join us. Please call 719-742-5333 if you have any questions.  Hope to SING with you soon!

Weekly wildflower & weed walks

LA VETA—  Spring wildflowers and plants are popping and it is time to learn what is what. These gentle one hours walks are led by professional interpretive naturalist Bob Kennemer. They will take place every Wednesday, now through fall, from 5 – 6 p.m. somewhere in Huerfano County, often right in or near our cities or towns. Cost is $5.00 per person and class size is limited to 10. One must pre register by emailing Bob at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

Art for the Abuelas – Cactus Garden

WALSENBURG— Join us for Art for the Abuelas Cactus Garden on Thursday, May 25, 1 p.m. located at the Spanish Peak Library in Walsenburg. This is free to the public. Please RSVP to Sandy J (719) 989-8438 with the Huajatolla Heritage Foundation Program.

Mural Fest

WALSENBURG— Mural Fest is back again for another year old mural paintings in Walsenburg’s alley ways. Check out the artists Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the alley behind the Fox Theatre. Saturday after Porchfest they will be partying it up from 5 – 7 p.m. DJ’s from Sonic Bloom will be in attendance as well!

Pancake Breakfast

LA VETA— Come join us for the annual pancake breakfast hosted by the LVFPD Auxiliary. They’ll be serving pancakes, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and more! The breakfast will be held Saturday, May 27, 8 – 11 a.m. at the La Veta Fire Station, 100 Birch St. Adult plates are $12 and $6 for children.

Puentas: Respecting the Past Bridges to the Future

HUERFANO—  A gala event that has been months in the planning is happening Memorial Day weekend in Huerfano County! The inaugural sharing of a Pictorial Archive of 25 Founding Hispano Families will debut in La Veta on Saturday, May 27,  from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the La Veta Community Center  with a few specially invited vendors. Guest speakers will be at the La Veta Library starting at 10:30 a.m. with noted author and
historian, Virginia Sanchez; noon; Norberto Valdez, PhD, retired Ethnic Studies professor addressing the
concept of Querencia (the place from which one draws their strength). At 2 p.m. much respected journalist from PBS, Kate Perdoni, will share her reverence for people and place in southern Colorado.
On Sunday, May 28th all events move to the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Aven Walsenburg from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. A free buffet, entertainment, Biscochito Contest and select vendors will accompany the impressive Pictorial Archive display (more than 18 foot of photos)! Please join us for this important event! A collaborative effort with Huerfano County Historical Society, Huajatolla Heritage Foundation, Warm Cookies of the Revolution, and Arts in Society!

Walsenburg Porchfest

WALSENBURG— This grassroots event is powered by the people of Walsenburg, so we’re asking YOU to join in the fun! From yard sales to live music, mural installs to community clean-up, there are a billion ways to get involved. Saturday, May 27th 12 – 5 p.m. www.WalsenburgPorchfest.com

SPLD Presents Chalk the Block

WALSENBURG— Saturday, May 27,  1 – 3 p.m., featuring local artist Peggy Zehring.  Explore your inner artist while having fun creating chalk murals on the library sidewalks at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg.  All ages are welcome!

Best of the Biscochito Contest

WALSENBURG— As part of the gala Puentes celebration on Sunday, May 28, 11 a.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg to share the Pictorial Archive of 25 Founding Families in Huerfano County, we will also be having a Best of the Biscochito Contest. You must pre-register. Please contact info@hhfoundation.org or call or text Charlene Velarde at 719-299-8541. Prizes will be awarded.

Fun Family Walk-Run-Bike to Celebrate National Trails Day

WALSENBURG— This fun walk/run/bike is a great way to celebrate National Trails Day and Lathrop State Park Saturday, June 3rd, 9 – 11 a.m. The Cuerno Verde Trail is a 3 mile concrete trail that is wide and easy with no incline. This event is stroller – and wheelchair-friendly and suitable for all ages and abilities. We’d love you to join us! A park pass is required on all vehicles. Other than a park pass, this event is free. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting resident and nonresident anglers of all ages to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on June 3rd and 4th. Attend the event in the morning and go fishing in the afternoon. Contact La Veta Trails with your questions (719) 890-4071.

Cuchara Mountain Park Spring Classic Disc Golf Tournament

CUCHARA— Join us for the inaugural edition on Saturday, June 3rd. We have divisions for all players from pros to beginners and juniors. This is a PDGA sanctioned C-Tier tournament. Great player packs and prizes including cash for all non-beginner/juniors! Thank you to our sponsors, Bachman & Associates, Mountain Merman Brewing Company and Crafted in Colorado! We are still looking for sponsors either cash or for prizes – contact us for more information. Register online: www.discgolfscene.com/tournament/Colorado

LAS ANIMAS

Free legal help at the library

TRINIDAD— The library is partnering with Colorado attorneys and Colorado Legal Services to offer free legal assistance. If you have any questions about these programs, call the library at 719-846-6841. Second Tuesday of every month from 2 to 5 p.m. Next session is May 9.  Private conference with an attorney to discuss civil matters only. Open to all income levels!
 Come to the library to talk with an attorney via
zoom meeting.
 Call the library at 719-846-6841 to sign up
in advance.
 You can also visit checkerboard.co online to access
a wealth of legal resources. It’s free!

Trinidad Water Festival

TRINIDAD— Every May, children from
all over Las Animas, Huerfano, and Colfax counties gather at the Trinidad State College campus for a day of educational, engaging, and energizing activities focused on water. Agua es Vida (water is life) continues to be the motto for the festival. This year’s Trinidad Water Festival is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, on the Trinidad State College campus. An opening ceremony kicks things off at 8:30 a.m. with presentations running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in the festival, either as a school or presenter, please contact us at tomandlindaperry@gmail.com.

Abstract Art Show
This is a show to encourage your imagination, and involvement and to provide a viewer with an emotional experience that is completely different for each person, depending on their personality and mood. There are no rules in abstract art. It should just be made up of color, shape, form, texture, and value and does not tell a story. For our show there is only one rule and that pertains to the size of the artwork. Our gallery has limited space so the size rule is so we can accommodate a lot of imaginative pieces to show. Maximum size will be 30 x 30 inches.
Entry fee is $10 per piece or $25 for 3 pieces. Cash prizes will be awarded. Art take in will be May 27, 28, 29, and 30 from 11:00 to 4:00 at the Corazon Gallery, 149 East Main St, Trinidad, Colorado.
The opening reception will be during the First Friday Art Walk on June 2nd at the Corazon Gallery. Cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded

Go Baby Go!

TRINIDAD—  Children’s Services at SCDDS will be hosting their first Go Baby Go! event on Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ! Build teams will assemble and customize two ride-on motorized cars designed to give increased mobility to toddlers with developmental disabilities or delays. Children’s Services Department at Southern Colorado Developmental Disabilities is hosting the adaptive car building and outreach event at their office in Trinidad, 415 S. Indiana Ave.  Two toddlers from Huerfano & Las Animas counties will receive a car to support their development! A community outreach event titled, ‘Things That Go!’ will be hosted in conjunction with the Go Baby Go! workshop. This event will be open to children and families in the surrounding area and include transportation themed activities.

Armed Forces Day Parade

TRINIDAD— The Las Animas County Veteran’s Memorial Committee is proud to present the 2023 Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. Featuring the Ft. Carson Marching band and Color Guard. 9 a.m. lineup on Elm St. The parade will start at 10 a.m. with a ceremony at Memorial Park at 11:30 a.m. For more information please contact Linda Barron at 719-846-8223.

People and pet wellness clinic

TRINIDAD— Sunday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Street Dog Coalition will be at Central Park Pavilion, 700 Smith, providing free services for people and pets in need! Walk ups are welcome, but pre-registration is encouraged. Email register@thestreetdogcoalition.org

Plant a tree event

TRINIDAD— Sunday, May 21, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Plant a Tree Event at Kit Carson Park, Topeka and San Pedro. Tree planting lesson, demonstration, participation & materials, Free small trees! Presented by the City of Trinidad Urban Forestry Board, info Karen Wolf 719-846-9843 x 138 or karen.wolf@trinidad.co.gov

Business Showcase and Luncheon

TRINIDAD— Join Trinidad State College for their monthly Business Showcase and Luncheon in the Pioneer Room in the student center at TSC on Wednesday, May 24, 12 – 1:30 p.m., The guest speaker is Marggie Ferendelli from Creative District the lunch is sponsored by State Farm- Markie Davis.

Summer Reading Program – All Together Now

TRINIDAD— Join us this summer for our 2023 Summer Reading Program! We will have special guest readers, celebrate our community make some crafts, earn prizes and explore new worlds and adventures with a new book. The summer reading program is for ages 0-17. This summer we will be using a virtual platform, READSquared, to register, complete missions, track reading and have access to some fun games. Please go to Trinidadcpl.readsquared.com to register starting on May 29.

Hans Droog gallery showing

TRINIDAD— Painter, sculptor and woodworker Hans Droog will show a collection of photographs, paintings and sculpture proposals at 221B Gallery on Thursday, June 1, from 5-8 p.m. This will be Droog’s first formal solo exhibition in Trinidad and the first time 221B has widely promoted an event to the public. 221B Gallery is located at 221 Nona Ave in Trinidad.

24th Annual Fishing Tournament
 
STONEWALL— Join us for the 24th Annual Fishing Tournament hosted by Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary at Monument Lake on Saturday, June 3. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Orientation 8 a.m. Fishing starts at 9 a.m. ends 3 p.m. Awards will be at 4 p.m. Adults $20 Youth under 16 $15. Monument Lake Park entrance fee required. No fishing licenses required on this day. CASH PRIZES – $3000 TOP PRIZE.For more information visit www.StonewallFire.us or call us at 719-868-2249.

PWP Bags & Brews river cleanup

TRINIDAD— Join us for the June River Cleanup, sponsored by Purgatoire Watershed Partnership on Saturday, June 3, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Safeway Flags. Trash bags, brand new gloves, factory-sealed bottles of water, brand new safety vests, disinfecting wipes will be provided. Please bring whatever additional personal protective gear you would like – sunscreen, hat, mask, personal water bottle, your own gloves if you’d rather, etc. At 10:30 a.m.  we’ll head over to Moose’s for a post-event social and celebration. Please call us if you have any questions 970-420-1915.

Inernatl. Fly Fishing Film Fest

TRINIDAD— The 2023 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is coming to Trinidad on Saturday, June
3rd, doors open at 4 p.m. featuring 10 short and feature-length films. The Trinidad event will be at the Main Street LIVE! Theater located at 131 W. Main St
Tickets are priced at $20 in advance at Moose’s or
Fishers Peak Outfitters or $25 at Main Street LIVE! on the day of the event.

The 2nd Annual “Echoes of History – Saving Trinidad’s Past”

TRINIDAD—  Echoes of History -Saving Trinidad’s Past produced by THPC, invites locals and guests to multiple sessions on Saturday, June 3, featuring Fox-West Theater’s lead architect, Gregory Friesen (CSNA) and East Street Culinary School’s architect, Paul Glenn (PTSM). Breakout sessions at Space to Create Commons demonstrate how to ‘Landmark’ an over 50 year-old property, rehabilitating The Wheeler Monument and meeting storytellers at many historic spaces. Trolley tours with guides at each site involve: Trinidad’s City Hall, Carnegie Library, Water Works, The Chappelle House, Fort Wootton Memorial Square and the “Santa Fe Style” Golf Course Club House designed by IH and WM Rapp in 1922.
For more information email kris.hall@trinidad.co.gov or visit www.visittrinidadcolorado.com or jeandilisio@msn.com

Santa Fe Trail Days – Vendors Wanted

TRINIDAD— Santa Fe Trail Days is a well-loved festival of downtown Trinidad since 1982. It is back again, bigger and better than ever, with activities for both your family and friends. Put your business on display for the entire community to get to know you. Food trucks, crafts, art, and all the non-profit organizations need a seat on Main Street. Please contact Amy for an application at 719-846-9285 or email chamber@tlacchamber.org. Chamber members get discounted rates for vendor spots. Santa Fe Trail Days will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and 10th.

COLFAX

Pride and Glory – Book Signing

RATON— Celebrating the history contained in “Pride & Glory: The Cimarron & Northwestern Railway Company” Another Opportunity for those interested in local and regional history, to chat with authors Tucker Baker and Trevor Lombardi to learn about a littleknown logging railroad that bore its roots and fueled industry in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado in the early 20th century. Join us on Saturday, May 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Raton Museum, 108 S. 2nd Street.

Full Moon hike at Capulin Volcano

CAPULIN— Take a ranger guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full or nearly full moon on Saturday, May 27, 8 p.m. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience the top of Capulin Volcano in a new light! Wear warm clothing and layers as the weather may be chilly. Meet at the visitor center before heading up the volcano. Reservations are required; call 575-278-2201 with the number of people attending to reserve a spot!

Trail Project at Capulin Volcano National Monument

RATON— Join us for a two-day project at Capulin Volcano National Monument (near Raton). The volunteer work is slated for Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, and will include overnight camping within the park.  All meals, tools and training will be provided.  NMVFO will improve two trails: the Boca Trail (a two-mile loop) and the Lava Flow Trail (a one-mile loop). Work includes lopping, moving rocks, and widening trail in some sections. Sunday will be a half day of work.  Volunteers can learn more and register for the project at NMVFO’s projects page here:  https://nmvfo.org/projects/capulin-volcano-nps/

Sloat Prince Foundation Scholarship for Colfax County graduates

COLFAX— The Sloat-Prince Foundation offers scholarships to graduates of Colfax County public or private high schools and to current Colfax County residents who may have graduated from high school elsewhere.  This includes public, private, charter, parochial or home school graduates.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college/university, or a vocational, trade or business school.  New recipient applications, including official transcripts of all semesters, must be received by the foundation board on or before June 15, 2023.  Applications are now available by emailing umwaroy@bacavalley.com or by contacting your school’s administration or guidance counselor.

Upcoming Events for May 11, 2023

OUR WORLD
 
Apply for Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Scholarships  

OUR WORLD— The Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association is offering two scholarships for students interested in careers in agriculture.
The Fiebig-Lee Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled at Colorado State University, majoring or minoring in an agricultural-related field, health and human sciences, or a pre-vet undergraduate. https://tinyurl.com/h2dcz7x7
The Grace & Oley Kohlman Scholarship is open to all current JCCA members. Preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in an agricultural-related field in the state of Colorado.     https://tinyurl.com/yc3ubk6r
Applications for both scholarships are due to the CCA Office (7000 W. 14th Avenue, Lakewood CO 80214) by May 31st of each year.
For more info on JCCA please contact Georgia at georgia@coloradocattle.org or call (303) 431-6422.

HUERFANO
 
Dorcas Circle

WALSENBURG — From now on, Dorcas Circle will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays. We will no longer be open on Thursdays! See you Friday!

Free books! Register kids for Imagination Library

HUERFANO— Spark a lifelong love of reading and learning in your kids, and draw your family closer together sharing stories everyone will love. Children under five in Huerfano County can register online to receive free, age-appropriate books in the mail once a month from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Go to imaginationlibrary.com to register children. For more info call La Veta Library @ 719-742-3572 or email stephanie@lvpl.org.

Movie: Where the Crawdads Sing

LA VETA— Join us at La Veta Public Library, 310 S. Main St., as we show the film based on the global best-selling phenomenon “Where the Crawdads Sing” on Thursday, May 11, 2 p.m. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh. Free with refreshments.

Playground planning event

LA VETA— La Veta Playground Project Update First Design Phase Community Meeting Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the La Veta Community Center at 131 E Ryus Ave. Come see the proposed layout, equipment, estimated cost, add-on, park seating, and fountain ideas. Questions: Call Heather Hillis at Town Hall 719-742-3631.

Free Wrestling Camp from a pro

WALSENBURG— Jonathon Andreatta, a John Mall High School graduate, who went on to be a two time All-American and National Champion, and now coaches wrestling in West Virginia, will be holding a free wrestling camp on Friday, May 12 for anyone.  Beginner session will be held  from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and an advanced sessions will run from 12 to 2 p.m., and another from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at John Mall High School in Walsenburg.  Contact Josh Vialpando at 719-250-9251 to reserve a spot.

LV Village Annual Bake Sale

LA VETA— The La Veta Village is hosting a Mother’s Day BAKE SALE on Friday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the La Veta Library, 310 South Main Street.  Cookies, pies, cakes, and other goodies will be available for a small donation.  The Auxiliary continues to sponsor events to assist in delivering services to its residents.  So, mark your calendars, and, COME JOIN US on May 12! And, get a special treat for “Mom.”

SPLD Presents Storytime with Mrs. Flamingo

WALSENBURG— Join the Spanish Peaks Library District in Walsenburg every Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Join our Children’s Librarian, Mrs Flamingo as she reads a story and participate in a craft related to the story!  Don’t miss this fun and creative program to share with your kids! You can also catch Storytime with Mrs. Flamingo every other Saturday at the Walsenburg Mercantile.

Wisdom Archives: Introduction to Colcha Embroidery

WALSENBURG—Colcha Embroidery is a style of needlework created by women in colonial settlements in northern New Mexico as early as the 1700’s. By the 1800’s it was also utilized in southern Colorado. Please join Sandy Dolak for an introduction to Colcha Embroidery on Friday, May 12 from 1-3 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg. Come learn as well as get some hands-on experience with this historically significant art form. Please contact Sandy: sdolak@hhfoundation.org or call/text 719-251-1271 so that I have enough kits prepared. This program is made available through Huajatolla Heritage Foundation and Art in Society. Free as always/refreshments shared!

SPLD Presents Flicks at the Library

WALSENBURG— Join us on Friday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg.  Bring the kids to watch Moana, a story of an adventurous teenager on a mission to save her people.  Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers her own identity.  Free popcorn, just bring your own beverage!

USPS Stamp Out Hunger food drive  

HUERFANO — Continuing a tradition that first began in 1993, the 31st annual letter carriers’ stamp out Hunger Food Drive will be Saturday, May 13.
“Millions of children and families living in America face hunger and food insecurity every day,” said Jeff Frey, Colorado Food Drive Coordinator.
You can contribute to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by putting non-perishable food items in a bag by your mailbox.  The Walsenburg Post Office will gather all donations and donate them to Dorcas Circle Food & Clothing Pantry, located at  911 S. Main in Walsenburg.

Wildflower & Herb Walk #2

LA VETA— Learn all about local flora used as medicines, food, and more. Saturday, May 13, Half day class from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Gentle hike near La Veta. Register by contacting Bob at bobkennemer@gmail.com or via text at (719) 248-4543.

Beginning T’ai Chi at LVSA

LA VETA— Often referred to as “the gentle art of yielding”, the ancient, slow moving Chinese practice of T’ai Chi Chuan is also healing in many ways.  New, beginning classes will be held beginning Saturday, May 6,  at 9 a.m. at The La Veta School of the Arts – 105 W Ryus – across from the town park.  Beginning classes will continue every Saturday morning from 9 – 10 a.m. during the month of May.  The cost is a donation of $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes.  For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742-5193, or e-mail  PeggyZehring@msn.com or LVArtSchool@yahoo.com

SPLD presents Miss Sherry’s Going Away Party

WALSENBURG— Saturday May 13, 1 – 3 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library.  We would like to cordially invite Huerfano County residents to a farewell party for our long-time Children’s Librarian Sherry Pearson.  Please join us in wishing her a fun and fulfilling retirement!  Food, cake and beverages will be served.  Let’s all let Miss Sherry know how much we love and appreciate her and all she’s done for the children of our county!  All ages are welcome!

Movie Matinee: Rumble, The Indians Who Rocked the World

LA VETA— Join us at La Veta Public Library, 310 S. Main St., on Saturday, May 13, 2 p.m. as we show the award winning documentary “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World”! This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives. Free with refreshments.

Exhibit No Rules and Al Clymer Opening

LA VETA— The Spanish Peaks Arts Council(SPACe) in La Veta invites everyone to the opening reception for two new shows this Saturday, May 13, 5 – 7 p.m. In the west gallery, “Exhibit No Rules” is an exciting collection of original art by 27 area artists. Artists were encouraged to share artwork that challenges the viewer with the unexpected. Over 60 pieces of artwork include traditional, abstract, expressionistic, and unique styles in a variety of media.
Additionally, nationally acclaimed artist Albert Anderson Clymer is showing a collection of energetic new paintings in the east gallery. There is no admission fee, but donations are gratefully appreciated. Refreshments will be provided. The SPACe Gallery is located at 132 W. Ryus, in the La Veta Town Park. New hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm. For more information call 719 742-3074 or visit the SPACe website: www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

SPLD Presents Gardening 101

WALSENBURG— Join the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg on Sunday, May 14, at 1 p.m.  We are changing the class date due to the Memorial holiday.  The main topic this month will be drip irrigation and other watering techniques and, as usual, any other gardening questions you might have. Hope to see you there!

Mother’s Day Live Music

LA VETA— This Mothers day Sunday, May 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m. 127 W.Ryus Ave. in La Veta. Come join us for Mother’s Day Live Music at the Parkside Art Gallery, set against the warm backdrop of Local Art while enjoying a little snack, a soft drink or one of Anneke’s signature coffees, teas and hot chocolate.  Michael Steward, renowned pianist, will again be playing your favorite music, whether it is Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Big band, Country, Blues or Pop.

DMV 2GO

WALSENBURG— A representative from DMV2GO will be at the Huerfano County Department of Human Services at 121 W 6th, St. in Walsenburg on Monday, May 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. No appointments necessary, customers will be served on a first come first served basis. You must pay with check or credit card, no cash will be accepted.

Free Acudetox

WALSENBURG— Acudetox is a holistic 5-point Auricular Acupuncture protocol that works with the body’s natural detoxification and healing mechanisms to enhance health, both physical and emotional. Join us at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg on Monday, May 15, 3 – 4:30 p.m. For more information please call the client line at 719-420-3218.

A Goodnight Moon Field Trip

TRINIDAD— Join the Trinidad Carnegie Public Library for a special field trip to view the Goodnight Moon – A Fiber Tale exhibit at the Space to Create. We will meet at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the library and then walk over the Space to Create building.

La Veta Writes Writing Group

LA VETA— La Veta Writes is a fun, welcoming writing group open to all over age 14. Whether you’re a longtime writer, a song writer, or simply feeling to make writing a bigger part of your life, come check out La Veta Writes on Tuesday, May 16. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3 – 5 p.m. at The Parkside Art Gallery, 127 W. Ryus Ave. If you are interested, bring a sample of your writing. You can  read up to 2-pages of your writing to the group (optional). Free. Purchase of a yummy beverage or a donation are welcome, but not required. Supported by the La Veta Creative District & Colorado Creative Industries, LaVetaCreativeDistrict.org.

Weekly wildflower & weed walks

LA VETA—  Spring wildflowers and plants are popping and it is time to learn what is what. These gentle one hours walks are led by professional interpretive naturalist Bob Kennemer. They will take place every Wednesday, now through fall, from 5 – 6 p.m. somewhere in Huerfano County, often right in or near our cities or towns. Cost is $5.00 per person and class size is limited to 10. One must pre register by emailing Bob at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

SPLD Presents Trivia

WALSENBURG— Join us on Wednesday, May 17, 6 p.m. at the Second Street Bar & Grill at the golf course.  Categories for this month are  1)Charles Dickens Novels  2)Foreign currency  3)Northern Exposure  4)Visual – Colo Native Fish  5)Audio – 90’s Music.  Remember, if you suggested one of these categories, your team will get $5 off your table’s tab and an additional $20 if you win the evening!  Great food and drinks available!  Come join the fun!

Farmer’s Market Season is here

HUERFANO— It’s that time of year again! Get ready for a wonderful season filled with lots of local goodies grown, supplied, crafted and for purchase. La Veta will have their market every Thursday, 3-5 p.m. starting May 18th in the park next to the library on Main St. Cuchara will have their market on Fridays starting May 19, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile. Gardner will have their markets every Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church. Last but most certainly not least is Walsenburg’s market held every Sunday at Heritage Park on Main St. near the railroad tracks from 12 – 2 p.m. starting May 29. For more information and to become a vendor please email costeawood1@gmail.com.

Trivia Night: Sitcoms Trivia Pt. 1

LA VETA— Join La Veta Public Library at Mountain Merman Brewing Company, 220 S. Main St., La Veta on Monday, May 22, 6 p.m. for a night of Sitcoms Trivia (Pt. 1)! Follow up Sitcoms Trivia will not be immediate. 6 rounds, up to FIVE (5) people on a team. No electronic devices allowed-this will result in immediate team disqualification. There is no charge to participate in trivia. Great prizes donated by Mountain Merman Brewery! A great time guaranteed! Want to host a library event at your business? We want to hear from you! info@lvpl.org

Huerfano Honors Its Own

WALSENBURG— The May honorees that will be presented at the County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 10 a.m. are Elder, Dr. Bill Cluff and younger Ms. Willow Clark. There will be a reception at 11 a.m. at SPRHC for the many health care workers that have had the honor of working with Dr. Cluff. At 2 p.m. a community reception will be held at La Veta Village Assisted Living, 109 E. Francisco Street to honor both Dr. Cluff and Willow for their important contributions to our county. Another community project sponsored by Huajatolla Heritage Foundation.

Art for the Abuelas – Cactus Garden

WALSENBURG— Join us for Art for the Abuelas Cactus Garden on Thursday, May 25, 1 p.m. located at the Spanish Peak Library in Walsenburg. This is free to the public. Please RSVP to Sandy J (719) 989-8438 with the Huajatolla Heritage Foundation Program.

Puentas: Respecting the Past Bridges to the Future

HUERFANO—  Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.   Inaugural sharing of Pictorial Archive of 25 Founding Hispano Families of Huerfano County at La Veta Community Center with select vendors; great speakers at La Veta Library. 10 a.m. noted author and historian Virginia Sanchez. 12 p.m. ; Norberto Valdez, PhD. 2 p.m.; Kate Perdoni, PBS Journalist. Contact info@hhfoundation.org for more information.
Sunday, May 28, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Pictorial Archive moves to the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Ave. in Walsenburg. A gala reception and reunion for all who have interest in this important project. Free buffet and entertainment; Best of Bischochitos contest; a few great vendors. Join us for something very special!

Best of the Biscochito Contest

WALSENBURG— As part of the gala Puentes celebration on Sunday, May 28, 11 a.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg to share the Pictorial Archive of 25 Founding Families in Huerfano County, we will also be having a Best of the Biscochito Contest. You must pre-register. Please contact info@hhfoundation.org or call or text Charlene Velarde at 719-299-8541. Prizes will be awarded.

La Veta’s First Friday Art Walks, June – September

LA VETA—  It’s that time again for art, food and fun. La Veta’s First Friday Art Walks begin Friday, June 2 from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. The walks continue through the summer on July 7, August 4 and September 1. If you love art or meeting artists, come explore our shops and galleries. Sponsored by the La Veta Creative District and Colorado Creative Industries. For more information, Info@LaVetaCreativeDistrict.org & LaVetaCreativeDistrict.org

LAS ANIMAS
 
Free legal help at the library

TRINIDAD— The library is partnering with Colorado attorneys and Colorado Legal Services to offer free legal assistance. If you have any questions about these programs, call the library at 719-846-6841. Second Tuesday of every month from 2 to 5 p.m. Next session is May 9.  Private conference with an attorney to discuss civil matters only. Open to all income levels!
 Come to the library to talk with an attorney via
zoom meeting.
 Call the library at 719-846-6841 to sign up
in advance.
 You can also visit checkerboard.co online to access
a wealth of legal resources. It’s free!

Volunteer Fair & Info Session

TRINIDAD— Join us at The Commons at Space to Create, 218 W Main St. on Thursday, May 11, from 3 – 6 p.m. for a City of Trinidad Boards and Commissions Volunteer Fair and Information Session and learn how you can become a volunteer for various, upcoming events! Information will be available for all City of Trinidad Boards & Commissions Volunteer Positions.

Mother’s Day fun Run

TRINIDAD— Join the colorful Mother’s day run/walk on Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. Bring your mom, bonus mom, grandma, aunts or any “mom” like figures and the whole family for this fun event! Participants will run/walk the designated route through color stations where they will be showered with tossed color as they run through! Sounds like fun! The route is east on Cedar Street to Chestnut, from Chestnut on Elm and then west on the Riverwalk back to the starting point. Sign up by contacting Julie Mattorano at Southern Colorado Family Center 719-251-6509

Trail work Saturday

TRINIDAD— Join the Trinidad Trail Alliance on Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Reilly Canyon, Trinidad Lake State park. They will be working to reclaim the trails for safer hiking and biking. All levels of experience welcome. Tools and snacks are provided but please bring your own water, sunscreen and gloves. For more information please contact Jenn Green at Trinidadtrailsalliance@gmail.com

Second Saturdays – Open Mic for all Literary Souls

TRINIDAD— The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is pleased to announce its monthly event for May, 2023; the Second Saturday Poetry Series continues on Saturday, May 13. A literary event for all, the Series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at the Space to Create Commons, 218 West Main St. The evening begins at 7 pm with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public. Featured this month is New Mexico poet, PW Covington.

Trinidad Water Festival

TRINIDAD— Every May, children from all over Las Animas, Huerfano, and Colfax counties gather at the Trinidad State College campus for a day of educational, engaging, and energizing activities focused on water. Agua es Vida (water is life) continues to be the motto for the festival. This year’s Trinidad Water Festival is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, on the Trinidad State College campus. An opening ceremony kicks things off at 8:30 a.m. with presentations running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in the festival, either as a school or presenter, please contact us at tomandlindaperry@gmail.com.

Go Baby Go!

TRINIDAD—  Children’s Services at SCDDS will be hosting their first Go Baby Go! event on Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ! Build teams will assemble and customize two ride-on motorized cars designed to give increased mobility to toddlers with developmental disabilities or delays. Children’s Services Department at Southern Colorado Developmental Disabilities is hosting the adaptive car building and outreach event at their office in Trinidad, 415 S. Indiana Ave.  Two toddlers from Huerfano & Las Animas counties will receive a car to support their development! A community outreach event titled, ‘Things That Go!’ will be hosted in conjunction with the Go Baby Go! workshop. This event will be open to children and families in the surrounding area and include transportation themed activities.

Armed Forces Day Parade

TRINIDAD— The Las Animas County Veteran’s Memorial Committee is proud to present the 2023 Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. Featuring the Ft. Carson Marching band and Color Guard. 9 a.m. lineup on Elm St. The parade will start at 10 a.m. with a ceremony at Memorial Park at 11:30 a.m. For more information please contact Linda Barron at 719-846-8223.

Summer Reading Program – All Together Now

TRINIDAD— Join us this summer for our 2023 Summer Reading Program! We will have special guest readers, celebrate our community make some crafts, earn prizes and explore new worlds and adventures with a new book. The summer reading program is for ages 0-17. This summer we will be using a virtual platform, READSquared, to register, complete missions, track reading and have access to some fun games. Please go to Trinidadcpl.readsquared.com to register starting on May 29.

COLFAX
 
Regional Broadband Meeting

COLFAX—Meet state and local officials, learn about broadband initiatives and funding opportunities, and participate in development of the statewide New Mexico Broadband and Digital Equity Plans. This event is free to attend and will be held on Thursday, May 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at  Luna Community College, Springer Campus, 516 Maxwell Avenue in Springer. For more information and to register please visit: https://connect.nm.gov/northeast-region-4.

29th Children’s Fishing Derby

CIMARRON— Bring the kids and enjoy the day at the Gravel Pit Lakes – Maverick Campground at Cimmaron Canyon State Park for their annual kids fishing Derby on Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This event is for children ages 3-11 and there is no entry fee. Free t-shirts and goody bags for the first 100 entrants. New Mexico Game and Fish Fishing Regulations and New Mexico State Park Day Use Fees apply. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and a registration form must be completed for each child entering the fishing derby. For more information please call 575-377-1594.

Blue Sky Ranch open house

RATON— Come on down and meet our program horses and animals, meet head instructor/trainer and staff and tour our new facility on Saturday, May 13, 1 p.m. We will have information about the new programs being run at the ranch this spring/summer/fall. Bring your children for a Pony Ride! Drinks and sweets provided! Learn how you can be a part of our mission to help the community.  Blue Sky Ranch mission is to provide a safe, welcoming, and positive community environment where human and horse interaction drives the core of healing. Located at 35230Highway 64/87 in Raton.

Trail Project at Capulin Volcano National Monument

RATON— Join us for a two-day project at Capulin Volcano National Monument (near Raton). The volunteer work is slated for Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, and will include overnight camping within the park.  All meals, tools and training will be provided.  NMVFO will improve two trails: the Boca Trail (a two-mile loop) and the Lava Flow Trail (a one-mile loop). Work includes lopping, moving rocks, and widening trail in some sections. Sunday will be a half day of work.  Volunteers can learn more and register for the project at NMVFO’s projects page here:  https://nmvfo.org/projects/capulin-volcano-nps/

Sloat Prince Foundation Scholarship for Colfax County graduates

COLFAX— The Sloat-Prince Foundation offers scholarships to graduates of Colfax County public or private high schools and to current Colfax County residents who may have graduated from high school elsewhere.  This includes public, private, charter, parochial or home school graduates.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college/university, or a vocational, trade or business school.  New recipient applications, including official transcripts of all semesters, must be received by the foundation board on or before June 15, 2023.  Applications are now available by emailing umwaroy@bacavalley.com or by contacting your school’s administration or guidance counselor.

Upcoming Events for May 4, 2023

OUR WORLD
 
Apply for Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Scholarships  

OUR WORLD— The Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association is offering two scholarships for students interested in careers in agriculture.
The Fiebig-Lee Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled at Colorado State University, majoring or minoring in an agricultural-related field, health and human sciences, or a pre-vet undergraduate. https://tinyurl.com/h2dcz7x7
The Grace & Oley Kohlman Scholarship (named for CCA past-president, Oley Kohlman, and his wife Grace who were instrumental in the development of JCCA and the scholarship program) is open to all current JCCA members. Preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in an agricultural-related field in the state of Colorado. This scholarship has made a difference for many agricultural youth who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to receive a college education.   https://tinyurl.com/yc3ubk6r
Applications for both scholarships are due to the CCA Office (7000 W. 14th Avenue, Lakewood CO 80214) by May 31st of each year.
For more info on JCCA please contact Georgia at georgia@coloradocattle.org or call (303) 431-6422.

HUERFANO
 
Call for entries for No Rules show

LA VETA— Tired of always following the rules? Need a break from the conventional? Here’s your chance to show artwork that challenges and/or delights the viewer with the unexpected. Bring up to 4 pieces to SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, Thursday – Saturday, May 4, 5, & 6, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. There is a small fee of $5 per piece (artwork wider than 30″ is considered 2 entries). Art will remain until June 10. For all the details visit the SPACe website: www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

Huerfano County Coalition meeting

WALSENBURG— Hope to see you this Thursday, May 4,  12 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center for our monthly Huerfano County Coalition meeting. This may be the last meeting for the summer so we would like to see everyone attend. Zoom option is available at this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89033650278

Huerfano Historical Society Board meeting

WALSENBURG— The next meeting of the HCHS will be on Thursday, May 4 at 4 p.m. at the Huerfano Heritage Center, 114 w. 6th St. in Walsenburg.  All members and guests are invited to attend. Thank you for your interest in our history.

SPLD Presents Storytime with Mrs. Flamingo

WALSENBURG— Join the Spanish Peaks Library District in Walsenburg every Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Join our Children’s Librarian, Mrs Flamingo as she reads a story and participate in a craft related to the story!  Don’t miss this fun and creative program to share with your kids! You can also catch Storytime with Mrs. Flamingo every other Saturday at the Walsenburg Mercantile.

Mayor candidate at the library

WALSENBURG— Larry Patrick, a candidate for Mayor of Walsenburg will have an open house at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg this Friday, May 5, 1-3 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet and ask any questions about him and his candidacy. You can also express concerns you may have about the city of Walsenburg. Larry looks forward to meeting with you.

Weekend movie at the Fox: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

WALSENBURG– The historic Fox Theatre’s weekend movie is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, PG-13 • 2 hours 30 minutes. Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill must rally his team to defend the universe and protect one of their own. If the mission is not completely successful, it could possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them. Showtimes: Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. Adults $7, students $6, children (5-12) & seniors $5.

Beginning T’ai Chi Classes at LVSA

LA VETA— Often referred to as “the gentle art of yielding”, the ancient, slow moving Chinese practice of T’ai Chi Chuan is also healing in many ways.  New, beginning classes will be held beginning Saturday, May 6,  at 9 a.m. at The La Veta School of the Arts – 105 W Ryus – across from the town park.  Beginning classes will continue every Saturday morning from 9 – 10 a.m. during the month of May.  The cost is a donation of $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes.  For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742-5193, or e-mail  PeggyZehring@msn.com or LVArtSchool@yahoo.com

Susan Gibson and Yvonne Perea at La Veta Merc

LA VETA— Join us on Saturday, May 6, 7 p.m. at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main, La Veta for Susan Gibson and Yvonne Perea. Tickets available at
https://www.simpletix.com/e/susan-gibson-and-yvonne-perea-tickets-125488. $18 advance tickets, $20 day of show

Francisco Fort Clean Up Day

LA VETA— We need your help to get the plaza, grounds, and historic buildings ready for summer. Opportunities for all ages. Come and join us at 306 S Main Street, La Veta, CO on Saturday, May 6 from 9: a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. For more information call 719-742-5501 or go to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FranciscoForMuseum.

Eagles Ladies Auxiliary breakfast

LA VETA— The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1187 will host a community brunch celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 7, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Eagles Hall 614 Main St in Walsenburg.  We will be serving something different this month, a breakfast burrito smothered in green chili with fixings to put on top including lettuce, tomato, cheese, and jalapeños.  Hashbrowns on the side. Coffee or juice included.  The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for adults for children.  We hope to see you there.  We continue to strive to support our community with the proceeds from the brunches.

Trivia Night: Around the World!

LA VETA— Monday May 8, at 6 p.m. at Mountain Merman Brewing Company 220 S. Main St. Join La Veta Library at Mountain Merman Brewing Company as we travel around the world for Trivia Night! 6 rounds, 1 question for each correct answer. No electric devices! Up to FIVE (5) players per team! Prizes PER TEAM MEMBER: 3rd place: $1 off pint, 2nd place: 1/2 off pint, 1st place: FREE PINT!

Weekly wildflower & weed walks

LA VETA—  Spring wildflowers and plants are popping and it is time to learn what is what. These gentle one hours walks are led by professional interpretive naturalist Bob Kennemer. They will take place every Wednesday, now through fall, from 5 – 6 p.m. somewhere in Huerfano County, often right in or near our cities or towns. Cost is $5.00 per person and class size is limited to 10. One must pre register by emailing Bob at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

American Legion Post 16 Meeting
 
WALSENBURG— The newly renamed Brian T. Chiquette Post 16 of The American Legion will have their monthly meeting Wednesday, May 10, 6 p.m. at the Walsenburg Housing Authority Office, 220 Russell Ave. in Walsenburg. This meeting will be concentrating on Post Elections. If you want or are thinking about running for a Post Office, this is the meeting. Final nominations will be held with Elections shortly thereafter. The Veterans Trust Fund (Veterans helping Veterans) is underway and you can find out more about this program at the meeting. All Veterans are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting. We will be discussing Memorial Day Activities on May 29th as well. If you have any questions, please call Dave Rogers 719-738-9965.

Movie Matinee: Where the Crawdads Sing

LA VETA— Join us at La Veta Public Library, 310 S. Main St., as we show the film based on the global best-selling phenomenon “Where the Crawdads Sing” on Thursday, May 11, 2 p.m. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh. Free with refreshments.

Playground Planning Event

LA VETA— La Veta Playground Project Update First Design Phase Community Meeting Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the La Veta Community Center at 131 E Ryus Ave. Come see the proposed layout, equipment, estimated cost, add-on, park seating, and fountain ideas. Questions: Call Heather Hillis at Town Hall 719-742-3631.

Free Wrestling Camp from a pro

WALSENBURG— Jonathon Andreatta, a John Mall High School graduate, who went on to be a two time All-American and National Champion, and now coaches wrestling in West Virginia, will be holding a free wrestling camp on Friday, May 12 for anyone.  Beginner session will be held  from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and an advanced sessions will run from 12 to 2 p.m., and another from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at John Mall High School in Walsenburg.  Contact Josh Vialpando at 719-250-9251 to reserve a spot.

LV Village Annual Bake Sale

LA VETA— The La Veta Village is hosting a Mother’s Day BAKE SALE on Friday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the La Veta Library, 310 South Main Street.  Cookies, pies, cakes, and other goodies will be available for a small donation.  The Auxiliary continues to sponsor events to assist in delivering services to its residents.  So, mark your calendars, and, COME JOIN US on May 12! And, get a special treat for “Mom.”

Wisdom Archives: Introduction to Colcha Embroidery

WALSENBURG—Colcha Embroidery is a style of needlework created by women in colonial settlements in northern New Mexico as early as the 1700’s. By the 1800’s it was also utilized in southern Colorado. Please join Sandy Dolak for an introduction to Colcha Embroidery on Friday, May 12 from 1-3 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg. Come learn as well as get some hands-on experience with this historically significant art form. Please contact Sandy: sdolak@hhfoundation.org or call/text 719-251-1271 so that I have enough kits prepared. This program is made available through Huajatolla Heritage Foundation and Art in Society. Free as always/refreshments shared!

SPLD Presents Flicks at the Library

WALSENBURG— Join us on Friday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg.  Bring the kids to watch Moana, a story of an adventurous teenager on a mission to save her people.  Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers her own identity.  Free popcorn, just bring your own beverage!

USPS Stamp Out Hunger food drive  

HUERFANO — Continuing a tradition that first began in 1993, the 31st annual letter carriers’ stamp out Hunger Food Drive will be Saturday, May 13.
“Millions of children and families living in America face hunger and food insecurity every day,” said Jeff Frey, Colorado Food Drive Coordinator.
You can contribute to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by putting non-perishable food items in a bag by your mailbox.  The Walsenburg Post Office will gather all donations and donate them to Dorcas Circle Food & Clothing Pantry, located at  911 S. Main in Walsenburg.

Early Season Wildflower & Herb Walk #2

LA VETA— Learn all about local flora used as medicines, food, and more. Half day class from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Gentle hike near La Veta. Register by contacting Bob at bobkennemer@gmail.com or via text at (719) 248-4543.

SPLD presents Miss Sherry’s Going Away Party

WALSENBURG— Saturday May 13, 1 – 3 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library.  We would like to cordially invite Huerfano County residents to a farewell party for our long-time Children’s Librarian Sherry Pearson.  Please join us in wishing her a fun and fulfilling retirement!  Food, cake and beverages will be served.  Let’s all let Miss Sherry know how much we love and appreciate her and all she’s done for the children of our county!  All ages are welcome!

Movie Matinee: Rumble, The Indians Who Rocked the World

LA VETA— Join us at La Veta Public Library, 310 S. Main St., on Saturday, May 13, 2 p.m. as we show the award winning documentary “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World”! This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives. Free with refreshments.

Free Acudetox

WALSENBURG— Acudetox is a holistic 5-point Auricular Acupuncture protocol that works with the body’s natural detoxification and healing mechanisms to enhance health, both physical and emotional. Join us at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg on Monday, May 15, 3 – 4:30 p.m. For more information please call the client line at 719-420-3218.

SPLD Presents Trivia

WALSENBURG— Join us on Wednesday, May 17, 6 p.m. at the Second Street Bar & Grill at the golf course.  Categories for this month are  1)Charles Dickens Novels  2)Foreign currency  3)Northern Exposure  4)Visual – Colo Native Fish  5)Audio – 90’s Music.  Remember, if you suggested one of these categories, your team will get $5 off your table’s tab and an additional $20 if you win the evening!  Great food and drinks available!  Come join the fun!

LAS ANIMAS

TPL Presents Philosophy Café

TRINIDAD— The second Monday of every month at 5:00 p.m.  Remote via Zoom meeting.  One-hour discussions of things philosophic. We also meet in-person at the library on occasion. Check our website for the most current information, and for details on the subjects of the upcoming meetings. To get on an email list for more detailed information about Philosophy Café, call the library and ask for Tom Potter, or email Tom at: tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov

Senior Days at Books & More bookstore

TRINIDAD— Senior Days at Books &  More in Trinidad will be Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6.  Store hours for Friday are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday are 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Most items are 50% off. For more information please call 719-846-8522.

2nd Annual Trinidad Area Youth Art Show

TRINIDAD— Sponsored by the Art Council of Trinidad and A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art the 2nd Annual Trinidad Area Youth Art Show will be held on Friday, May 5, 5 – 7 p.m. at A.R. Mitchell Museum. For more information please call Jody Alford at 719-859-1103 or Rich Alford at 719-946-1076.

First Friday Art Walk

TRINIDAD— Get the most out of your Trinidad First Friday Art Walk experience by visiting participating galleries along Main St. and Commercial St in Trinidad. Join us on Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 p.m. downtown Trinidad for art, music and comedy! If you would like to donate to First Friday Art Walk call Rich Alford – president of the Arts Council – 719-946-1076.

Goodnight Moon – A Fiber Tale – Opening Reception

TRINIDAD— Goodnight Moon – A Fiber Tale, is a life-sized fiber diorama based on a beloved children’s story that has been read by millions and cherished by families for generations. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 p.m. at The Commons at Space to Create in Trinidad during First Friday art walk and will be on view M-F 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. between May 5 and July 7, 2023.

Mother’s Day craft fair

TRINIDAD— Crafts, food, clothing and more! Join us on Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Old School house Venue and Reception hall located behind Big R in Trinidad.

The Art Cottage Creative Studio Grand Opening

TRINIDAD— Please join us for the GRAND OPENING of The Art Cottage Creative Studio and the Re-opening of The Art Cottage Shop at our beautifully renovated location, 210 N Commercial St. Saturday, May 6, 1 – 6 p.m.  Ribbon Cutting will be at 12:30 p.m. Come check out the new space! Enjoy refreshments as you shop or get creative in the studio. There will be new inventory in the store front and so many creative options in the studio!

Cinco de Mayo Show & Shine

TRINIDAD— Presented by T-LAC-HCC on Saturday May 6.  Lineup is at 2 p.m. at the Southern Colorado Coal Miners Museum, 219 W. Main St in Trinidad.  Muscle cars and lowriders, all makes and models.  proceeds benefit TLACHCC Scholarship fund.  Also join us for Fishers’ Peak Cornhole Tournament, Horseshoe Tournament, and Live Music. For more info contact Desiree 8719-845-7839

Free legal help at the library

TRINIDAD— The Library is partnering with Colorado attorneys and Colorado Legal Services to offer free legal assistance. If you have any questions about these programs, call the library at 719-846-6841. Second Tuesday of every month from 2 to 5 p.m. Next session is May 9.  Private conference with an attorney to discuss civil matters only. Open to all income levels!
 Come to the library to talk with an attorney via
Zoom Meeting.
 Call the Library at 719-846-6841 to sign up
in advance.
 You can also visit checkerboard.co online to access
a wealth of legal resources. It’s free!

Las Animas County Rec Study Public Open House

TRINIDAD— Please join us at the Trinidad High School Student Center on Wednesday, May 10, 5:30 – 7 p.m. A presentation from the project team will begin at 5:30pm followed by an open house to discuss the final report materials in greater depth. Come hear about the future of Outdoor Recreation in Las Animas County and see how your input has shaped this vision!

Volunteer Fair & Information Session

TRINIDAD— Join us at The Commons at Space to Create, 218 W Main St. on Thursday, May 11, from 3 – 6 p.m. for a City of Trinidad Boards and Commissions Volunteer Fair and Information Session and learn how you can become a volunteer for various, upcoming events! Information will be available for all City of Trinidad Boards & Commissions Volunteer Positions.

Trinidad Water Festival

TRINIDAD— Every May, children from all over Las Animas, Huerfano, and Colfax counties gather at the Trinidad State College campus for a day of educational, engaging, and energizing activities focused on water. Agua es Vida (water is life) continues to be the motto for the festival. This year’s Trinidad Water Festival is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, on the Trinidad State College campus. An opening ceremony kicks things off at 8:30 a.m. with presentations running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in the festival, either as a school or presenter, please contact us at tomandlindaperry@gmail.com.

Go Baby Go!

TRINIDAD—  Children’s Services at SCDDS will be hosting their first Go Baby Go! event on Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ! Build teams will assemble and customize two ride-on motorized cars designed to give increased mobility to toddlers with developmental disabilities or delays. Children’s Services Department at Southern Colorado Developmental Disabilities is hosting the adaptive car building and outreach event at their office in Trinidad, 415 S. Indiana Ave.  Two toddlers from Huerfano & Las Animas counties will receive a car to support their development! A community outreach event titled, ‘Things That Go!’ will be hosted in conjunction with the Go Baby Go! workshop. This event will be open to children and families in the surrounding area and include transportation themed activities.

Armed Forces Day Parade

TRINIDAD— The Las Animas County Veteran’s Memorial Committee is proud to present the 2023 Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. Featuring the Ft. Carson Marching band and Color Guard. 9 a.m. lineup on Elm St. The parade will start at 10 a.m. with a ceremony at Memorial Park at 11:30 a.m. For more information please contact Linda Barron at 719-846-8223.

COLFAX
 
Chief Comedy Festival

RATON— The Chief Comedy Festival is taking to the rails and producing comedy shows in some of our favorite communities along the Southwest Chief rail line! Join some of the funniest comedians in the country as they perform stand-up comedy in Raton at the Shuler Theater, for one night only on Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m.

Seis De Mayo Fiesta

CIMARRON— The Cimarron Chamber of Commerce invites you to Seis De Mayo Fiesta on Saturday, May 6 starting at 4 p.m. There will be a cake walk, vendors, music and family fun located at the Village Park on 9th St.

My HealthVet Workshop-Raton VA Clinic

RATON— The VA will be hosting a MyHealthVet Workshop on Tuesday, May 9, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Raton VA Clinic, 1493 Whittier St. Walk-ins are welcome or call 505-265-1711 x3115 to schedule an appointment.

Regional Broadband Meeting

COLFAX—Meet state and local officials, learn about broadband initiatives and funding opportunities, and participate in development of the statewide New Mexico Broadband and Digital Equity Plans. This event is free to attend and will be held on Thursday, May 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at  Luna Community College, Springer Campus, 516 Maxwell Avenue in Springer. For more information and to register please visit: https://connect.nm.gov/northeast-region-4.

Blue Sky Ranch open house

RATON— Come on down and meet our program horses and animals, meet head instructor/trainer and staff and tour our new facility on Saturday, May 13, 1 p.m. We will have information about the new programs being run at the ranch this spring/summer/fall. Bring your children for a Pony Ride! Drinks and sweets provided! Learn how you can be a part of our mission to help the community.  Blue Sky Ranch mission is to provide a safe, welcoming, and positive community environment where human and horse interaction drives the core of healing. Located at 35230Highway 64/87 in Raton.

Sloat Prince Foundation Scholarship for Colfax County graduates

COLFAX— The Sloat-Prince Foundation offers scholarships to graduates of Colfax County public or private high schools and to current Colfax County residents who may have graduated from high school elsewhere.  This includes public, private, charter, parochial or home school graduates.  To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college/university, or a vocational, trade or business school.  New recipient applications, including official transcripts of all semesters, must be received by the Foundation Board on or before June 15, 2023.  Applications are now available by emailing umwaroy@bacavalley.com or by contacting your school’s administration or guidance counselor.

Upcoming Events for April 27, 2023

OUR WORLD
 
Apply for Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Scholarships  

OUR WORLD— The Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association is offering two scholarships for students interested in careers in agriculture.
The Fiebig-Lee Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled at Colorado State University, majoring or minoring in an agricultural-related field, health and human sciences, or a pre-vet undergraduate. https://tinyurl.com/h2dcz7x7
The Grace & Oley Kohlman Scholarship (named for CCA past-president, Oley Kohlman, and his wife Grace who were instrumental in the development of JCCA and the scholarship program) is open to all current JCCA members. Preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in an agricultural-related field in the state of Colorado. This scholarship has made a difference for many agricultural youth who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to receive a college education.   https://tinyurl.com/yc3ubk6r
Applications for both scholarships are due to the CCA Office (7000 W. 14th Avenue, Lakewood CO 80214) by May 31st of each year.
For more info on JCCA please contact Georgia at georgia@coloradocattle.org or call (303) 431-6422.

HUERFANO

SPLD Presents Storytime with Mrs. Flamingo

WALSENBURG— Join the Spanish Peaks Library District in Walsenburg every Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Join our Children’s Librarian, Mrs Flamingo as she reads a story and participate in a craft related to the story!  Don’t miss this fun and creative program to share with your kids! You can also catch Storytime with Mrs. Flamingo every other Saturday at the Walsenburg Mercantile.

Weekend movie at the Fox: The Super Mario Bros

WALSENBURG– The historic Fox Theatre’s weekend movie is The Super Mario Bros, PG • 1 hour 32 minutes. With help from Princess Peach, Mario gets ready to square off against the all-powerful Bowser to stop his plans from conquering the world. Showtimes: Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. Adults $7, students $6, children (5-12) & seniors $5.

Weekly wildflower & weed walks

LA VETA—  Spring wildflowers and plants are popping and it is time to learn what is what. These gentle one hours walks are led by professional interpretive naturalist Bob Kennemer. They will take place every Wednesday, now through fall, from 5 – 6 p.m. somewhere in Huerfano County, often right in or near our cities or towns. Cost is $5.00 per person and class size is limited to 10. One must pre register by emailing Bob at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

Monthly Art of The Abuelas

WALSENBURG— Thursday, April 27, 1 – 3 p.m. Join us at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg or our monthly Art of The Abuelas.  Twice Loved Critters, teddy bear reciprocity project.  We will be working on getting our critters ready to find new homes with deserving children.  A fun project about giving back to our community, RSVP: Sandy J. 719 989-8438.  Always free, with refreshments.

Bowling Tournament

WALSENBURG— ROAR for Relay for Life is having our first, 9 Pin no Tap Tournament at Cown Lanes, 221 Main St. Walsenburg. Join the fun on Saturday, April 29, 1 p.m. $20 to participate, must pay and register ahead of time. Awards for top 3 bowlers. Come bowl and fight back against cancer at the same time. Dress up as your favorite rock star for our costume contest too! To register or for more information please call Kendra Doherty 719-680-0693.

La Veta Creative’s Paint & Brew

LA VETA— Join us for our second fun, creative evening of painting while sipping a brew. On Sunday, April 30 from 1 – 3 p.m. artist Jean Dunn will lead participants in painting sea turtles. Cost is $35, including art supplies. Class size is limited. Please RSVP and pay in advance by using the following portals. Zelle at 903-918-9791; Venmo https://venmo.com/u/Jen-Dunn-73 or PayPal https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/twoharetradingco. Be sure to include the names of all those who are painting when registering. First beer is included courtesy of Mountain Merman. Event location Mountain Merman Brewing Company, 220 South Main St, La Veta. Proceeds support La Veta Creative District events. This event is sponsored by the La Veta Creative District, Colorado Creative Industries and Mountain Merman Brewing Company. For more information, please email info@LaVetaCreativeDistrict.org or visit LaVetaCreativeDistrict.org.

Call for entries for No Rules show

LA VETA— Tired of always following the rules? Need a break from the conventional? Here’s your chance to show artwork that challenges and/or delights the viewer with the unexpected. Bring up to 4 pieces to SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on May 4, 5, & 6. There is a small fee of $5 per piece (artwork wider than 30″ is considered 2 entries). Art will remain until June 10. For all the details visit the SPACe website: www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

Francisco Fort Clean Up Day

LA VETA— We need your help to get the plaza, grounds, and historic buildings ready for summer. Opportunities for all ages. Come and join us at 306 S Main Street, La Veta, CO on Saturday, May 6 from 9: a.m. -1:30p.m. Lunch is provided. For more information call 719-742-5501 or go to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FranciscoForMuseum.

Eagles Ladies Auxiliary breakfast

LA VETA— The Walsenburg Eagles Ladiues Auxiliary 1187 will host a community brunch celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 7, 2023 from 11-1 at the Eagles Hall 614 Main St in Walsenburg.  We will be serving something different this month, a breakfast burrito smothered in green chili with fixings to put on top including lettuce, tomato, cheese, and jalapeños.  Hashbrowns on the side. Coffee or juice included.  The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for adults for children.  We hope to see you there.  We continue to strive to support our community with the proceeds from the brunches.

Trivia Night: Around the World!

LA VETA— Monday May 8, 2023 at 6 p.m. at
Mountain Merman Brewing Company 220 S. Main St.
Join La Veta Library at Mountain Merman Brewing Company as we travel around the world for Trivia Night! 6 rounds, 1 question for each correct answer. No electric devices! Up to FIVE (5) players per team! Prizes PER TEAM MEMBER: 3rd place: $1 off pint, 2nd place: 1/2 off pint, 1st place: FREE PINT!

Free Wrestling Camp from a pro

WALSENBURG— Jonathon Andreatta, a John Mall High School graduate, who went on to be a two time All-American and National Champion, and now coaches wrestling in West Virginia, will be holding a free wrestling camp on May 12 for anyone.  Beginner session will be held  from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and an advanced sessions will run from 12pm to 2pm, and another from 3pm to 5pm. The event will be held at John Mall High School in Walsenburg.  Contact Josh Vialpando at 719-250-9251 to reserve a spot.

LAS ANIMAS
   
TPL Presents Philosophy Café

TRINIDAD— The second Monday of every month at 5:00 p.m.  Remote via Zoom meeting.  One-hour discussions of things philosophic. We also meet in-person at the library on occasion. Check our website for the most current information, and for details on the subjects of the upcoming meetings. To get on an email list for more detailed information about Philosophy Café, call the library and ask for Tom Potter, or email Tom at: tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov

Pray for America

TRINIDAD— Join us on April 29, noon to 2 p.m. at Sebastiani Gym, 206 N. Animas St, in Trinidad.  Everyone welcome. Sponsored by believers of Christ.

Weston’s Weird Whimsical & Other Worldly Creations

TRINIDAD— Gary Weston’s artwork will astound and captivate you! From Da Vinci and Jules Verne Steampunk, to the Atomic and Space Age, this exhibit covers a wide time period. Join the fun on Saturday, April 29, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Art Cartopia Museum, 2702 Freedom Road. Expect also to see some whimsical and fantasy pieces mixed in!

Vocal Landscapes

TRINIDAD—The Trinidad Community Choral invites you to experience a challenging vocal Presentation. Join us on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m. at the United methodist Church, 216 Broom Street, Trinidad.

Cedar Street Urban Garden Fundraiser

TRINIDAD— Cedar Street Urban Garden Fundraiser with live music: Meah Ezra, Dimitri Zaugg & Ear Bones at The Well Hotel and Taproom! Come join us on Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m. for a night of music and a silent auction to raise money for the Cedar Street Urban Garden project in Trinidad. $15 Cover Goes to Project (Cover Cash Only).

Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser

AGUILAR— Join the Spanish Peaks Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, April 30, 1 p.m. for the spaghetti lunch fundraiser. Located at the Aguilar Fire Station, Kids plates are $6 and adult plates are $10.

Goodnight Moon – A Fiber Tale – Opening Reception

TRINIDAD— Goodnight Moon – A Fiber Tale, is a life-sized fiber diorama based on a beloved children’s story that has been read by millions and cherished by families for generations. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 p.m. at The Commons at Space to Create in Trinidad during First Friday art walk and will be on view M-F 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. between May 5 and July 7, 2023.

Cinco de Mayo Show & Shine

TRINIDAD— Presented by T-LAC-HCC on Saturday May 6.  Lineup is at 2 p.m. at the Southern Colorado Coal Miners Museum, 219 W. Main St in Trinidad.  Muscle cars and lowriders, all makes and models.  proceeds benefit TLACHCC Scholarship fund.  Also join us for Fishers’ Peak Cornhole Tournement, Horseshoe Tournament, and Live Music. For more info contact Desiree 8719-845-7839

Free legal help at the libary

TRINIDAD— The Library is partnering with Colorado attorneys and Colorado Legal Services to offer free legal assistance. If you have any questions about these programs, call the library at 719-846-6841. Second Tuesday of every month from 2 to 5 p.m. Next session is May 9.  Private conference with an attorney to discuss civil matters only. Open to all income levels!
 Come to the library to talk with an attorney via
Zoom Meeting.
 Call the Library at 719-846-6841 to sign up
in advance.
 You can also visit checkerboard.co online to access
a wealth of legal resources. It’s free!

COLFAX
 
33rd Annual Family Health Fair

COLFAX—  Individuals of all ages from Colfax County, the surrounding area and beyond are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to obtain important health screenings and information from exhibitors at the 33rd Annual Family Health Fair. This year’s event will be held Thursday, April 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Raton Convention Center, located at 901 South Third Street. Numerous free and reduced-fee health screenings can be found throughout the convention center along with information from over 40 educational exhibitors and professionals who will have information on a wide variety of health topics. Appointments are not needed for the screenings, but will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Dance Party

RATON— Youth Heartline’ presents Show your blue dance party on Saturday, April 29, 6 p.m. at the Raton Convention Center. This is a free event, open to all ages with raffle and door prizes. There will also be food, drinks, games, face painting and a photobooth!

WesternHuntFest

RATON— Thinking about getting into hunting? Come hang out at the WesternHuntFest and enjoy 3D archery, Elk calling contest, pack out challenge, elk calling seminar and more on Saturday April 29 and Sunday, April 30 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. You do not have to participate to attend this event at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton. This is a family friendly event, we will have plenty of activities for the kids to help boost their interest in the outdoors! All admissions will be free, unless competing.

Chief Comedy Festival

RATON— The Chief Comedy Festival is taking to the rails and producing comedy shows in some of our favorite communities along the Southwest Chief rail line! Join some of the funniest comedians in the country as they perform stand-up comedy in Raton at the Shuler Theater, for one night only on Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m.

My HealthVet Workshop-Raton VA Clinic

RATON— The VA will be hosting a MyHealthVet Workshop on Tuesday, May 9, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Raton VA Clinic, 1493 Whittier St. Walk-ins are welcome or call 505-265-1711 x3115 to schedule an appointment.

Blue Sky Ranch open house

RATON— Come on down and meet our program horses and animals, meet head instructor/trainer and staff and tour our new facility on Saturday, May 13, 1 p.m. We will have information about the new programs being run at the ranch this spring/summer/fall. Bring your children for a Pony Ride! Drinks and sweets provided! Learn how you can be a part of our mission to help the community.  Blue Sky Ranch mission is to provide a safe, welcoming, and positive community environment where human and horse interaction drives the core of healing. Located at 35230Highway 64/87 in Raton.

Sloat Prince Foundation Scholarship for Colfax County graduates

COLFAX— The Sloat-Prince Foundation offers scholarships to graduates of Colfax County public or private high schools and to current Colfax County residents who may have graduated from high school elsewhere.  This includes public, private, charter, parochial or home school graduates.  To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college/university, or a vocational, trade or business school.  New recipient applications, including official transcripts of all semesters, must be received by the Foundation Board on or before June 15, 2023.  Applications are now available by emailing umwaroy@bacavalley.com or by contacting your school’s administration or guidance counselor.

Upcoming Events for April 20, 2023

HUERFANO

La Veta Earth Day Clean-up

LA VETA— Thursday, April 20, 9 – 11 a.m. Get started at the recycling bins on E. Ryus Ave. in La Veta to pick up a trash bag and bucket for recyclables. You will select a location to do your cleanup. Wear gloves, comfortable clothes, and sturdy shoes or boots. All ages are welcome! For more information, contact Marilyn at 719-890-4071.

Walsenburg Earth Day Clean-up

WALSENBURG— Thursday, April 20, 1-3 p.m. Get started at Heritage Park to pick up a trash bag and bucket for recyclables. You will select a location to do your cleanup. Wear gloves, comfortable clothes, and sturdy shoes or boots. All ages are welcome! For more information, contact Marilyn at 719-890-4071.
Tyler Cunningham and the folks with De-Trash Walsenburg will have a booth at Heritage Park to talk about the organization and its Earth Day & Beaver Day event on Friday, April 21st from 10-12:30 at the River Front in Walsenburg.

La Veta Earth Day Clean-Up

LA VETA— The Town of La Veta has proclaimed Saturday, April 22, 2023 Earth Day.
Clean-up Events:
Thursday, April 20, 2020: La Veta Trails Earth Day Spring Clean-up Day: Meet the group for litter pick up at the Recycling Bins on East Ryus at 9:00am.

Friday, April 21, 2023: Brush burn pile open -for town of La Veta residents only, no commercial business will be allowed to bring brush to the burn pile- Open (weather permitting) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m The burn pile will be available for branches, limbs, leaves and yard waste. No tree stumps larger than 4” in diameter will be allowed. No construction material, this includes pallets, doors, or anything from a construction site.

Saturday, April 22, 2023: Town of La Veta Clean Up Day – For town of La Veta residents only, no commercial business will be allowed to bring trash, even if you cleaned it up for a La Veta resident: Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting). Dumpsters will be located at the north side of the recycling center bins. For a fee, disposal permitted for: tires, TV’s, electronics, lawnmowers with the oil drained.
No refrigerators or freezers, no paint, liquids, oils or chemicals will be accepted. Washers and dryers will be accepted. No household trash allowed. For more info call La Veta Town Hall at 719-743-3631.

Earth Day and Beaver Day

WALSENBURG— Get started at the River Front in Walsenburg on Friday, April 21, from 10 – 12:30 p.m.  We will be De-Trashing the stream and having a biologist speak on the local beavers that recently moved into the area and their importance to our ecosystem and impact on biodiversity.
In addition to picking up trash, and the informative talk, we are also offering free food from Gub Gub’s Pizza and Ice Cream to all attendees. The event will take place on the River Walk near the South Bridge, across from the Anchor Motel, from 10  to 12:30 p.m.

SPLD Presents Storytime with Mrs. Flamingo

WALSENBURG— Join the Spanish Peaks Library District in Walsenburg every Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Join our Children’s Librarian, Mrs Flamingo as she reads a story and participate in a craft related to the story!  Don’t miss this fun and creative program to share with your kids! You can also catch Storytime with Mrs. Flamingo every other Saturday at the Walsenburg Mercantile.

Barefoot in the Park by FCPA

LA VETA— Francisco Center for the Performing Arts proudly present “Barefoot in the Park”, a play by Neil Simon. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong does. Show dates are  Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 22 and April 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased now at www.fcpalaveta.org

Weekend movie at the Fox:
The Super Mario Bros

WALSENBURG– The historic Fox Theatre’s weekend movie is The Super Mario Bros, PG • 1 hour 32 minutes. With help from Princess Peach, Mario gets ready to square off against the all-powerful Bowser to stop his plans from conquering the world. Showtimes: Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. Adults $7, students $6, children (5-12) & seniors $5.

Earth Day tree planting at Lathrop

WALSENBURG— Join us at the visitor center to plant native trees and shrubs around the park. Bring gloves, water, and a shovel if you have one.   Lunch will be provided!  Please register before April 22 at cpwconnect.state.co.us so we can have a headcount for lunch, or you can register by calling Stacey Koury at 719-738-2376 ext 4 or stacey.koury@state.co.us
Our annual Earth Day Event pays tribute to volunteer Jon Sudar, who served at Lathrop State Park after retiring as a park ranger in the Grand Canyon.  His work helped build our history, geocache, and natural resource programs until his passing on Earth Day in 2015.

Ladies’ Spring Brunch

LA VETA— Please join us at Spanish Peaks Church in La Veta this Saturday for the annual Ladies’ Spring Brunch on Saturday, April 22, 10:30 a.m. Grab your derby hat and bring a brunch dish!

EARTH: an Environment in Transition

WALSENBURG— The annual EARTH Exhibit at the Museum of Friends in Walsenburg opens to the public on Saturday April,  22nd from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Main Galleries, all are welcome.  Please join us to celebrate the works of three talented photographers: John Wark, Camille Seaman and Larry Racioppo. Light refreshments will be served with John Wark in attendance to discuss his work. The exhibit continues through July 31st with public programs to include:

Tri-City Trio at La Veta Merc  

LA VETA— Join us at the La Veta Mercantile on Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m. The Delta Sonics Blues Band takes a Chicago Blues base and seasons it with Swing, Delta, N’awlins R&B and some early Rock n’ Roll. They’ve been playing in Colorado since 1992, and have established themselves as one of the finest blues acts in the area with their solid musicianship and exciting live performances.   Two members, Al Chesis and Bob Pelligrino are teaming up with Ken Saydak for an amazing performance.  These three always deliver! Advance tickets $20;  Day of show $23 https://www.simpletix.com/e/tri-city-trio-tickets-125380

Early season wildflower
walk & herb walk #1

LA VETA— Join local interpretive naturalist and guide, Bob Kennemer, for an early season hike to identify and learn about local lower elevation wildflowers, herbs, enable, and useful wild plants. The class will take place near La Veta on Sunday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $25.00 per person and you must pre register. Email Bob at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

Two Hare Shop ‘N Paint

WALSENBURG – Two Hare – Shop ‘N Paint, will be held on Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.  Come out to shop, eat and paint. If you’ve not tried GubGub’s or RegalBurg food and drinks, this will be the perfect time. Two Hare will set up in a great space with a fun painting for you. She is pretty excited about this image to teach, so come out for a fun afternoon of painting, shopping and good food and drinks. -Two ways to RSVP and pay- https://venmo.com/u/Jen-Dunn-73 or https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/twoharetradingco Price is $35 – Please include names of those participating when paying for the registration. If you’re having difficulty with the pay portals OR do not use, please message Two Hare directly!

SPLD: Gardening 101

WALSENBURG – The Spanish Peaks Library District  in Walsenburg presents Gardening 101, Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m.  This month’s topic is Companion Planting.  What plants should go side by side?  What plants deter pests?  What plants promote production?  Come join us and find out!

Poetry in La Veta

LA VETA— An afternoon of poetry in honor of National Poetry Month and Earth Day will be held on Sunday, April 23, 3 – 5 p.m. at Tom Doerk’s home in La Veta, 120 W. Grand. Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!). For more information, call Tom at 719-742-3776 or Robin at 719-742-3398.

La Veta Library Music Bingo

LA VETA— Monday, April 24, 7 p.m. Join the La Veta Public Library at Mountain Merman Brewing Company for “Now That’s What I Call Music Bingo: TV Theme Songs!” We will play samples on shuffle from a custom “TV Theme Songs” Playlist that match spaces on bingo cards provided. We will not announce the name of the song, you must know the song to cover the space. There is no charge to participate. All play is individual. See you at the brewery!

Honoring our Own

HUERFANO— The collaborative project between Huajatolla Heritage Foundation and the Huerfano County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce the two April honorees in our yearlong project of honoring the often-unrecognized citizens that have made a difference in our communities. Our elder to be honored will be Juanita Maes of Red Wing (who is celebrating her 100 th birthday on April 20 th ) and our “younger” will be Antonia Martinez of Walsenburg. They will be recognized at the County Commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, April 25, at 10 a.m. at the Huerfano County Courthouse. Please offer these special ladies your congratulations! For more information: info@hhfoundation.org

Free Community Yoga

WALSENBURG—  Wednesday, April 26, 5 p.m. Meet Taylor on the John Mall High School football field for a FREE one hour all-levels yoga flow. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Weekly wildflower & weed walks

LA VETA—  Spring wildflowers and plants are popping and it is time to learn what is what. These gentle one hours walks are led by professional interpretive naturalist Bob Kennemer. They will take place every Wednesday, now through fall, from 5 – 6 p.m. somewhere in Huerfano County, often right in or near our cities or towns. Cost is $5.00 per person and class size is limited to 10. One must pre register by emailing Bob at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

Monthly Art of The Abuelas

WALSENBURG— Thursday, April 27, 1 – 3 p.m. Join us at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg or our monthly Art of The Abuelas.  Twice Loved Critters, teddy bear reciprocity project.  We will be working on getting our critters ready to find new homes with deserving children.  A fun project about giving back to our community, RSVP: Sandy J. 719 989-8438.  Always free, with refreshments.

Bowling Tournament

WALSENBURG— ROAR for Relay for Life is having our first, 9 Pin no Tap Tournament at Cown Lanes, 221 Main St. Walsenburg. Join the fun on Saturday, April 29, 1 p.m. $20 to participate, must pay and register ahead of time. Awards for top 3 bowlers. Come bowl and fight back against cancer at the same time. Dress up as your favorite rock star for our costume contest too! To register or for more information please call Kendra Doherty 719-680-0693.

La Veta Creative’s Paint & Brew

LA VETA— Join us for our second fun, creative evening of painting while sipping a brew. On Sunday, April 30 from 1 – 3 p.m. artist Jean Dunn will lead participants in painting sea turtles. Cost is $35, including art supplies. Class size is limited. Please RSVP and pay in advance by using the following portals. Zelle at 903-918-9791; Venmo https://venmo.com/u/Jen-Dunn-73 or PayPal https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/twoharetradingco. Be sure to include the names of all those who are painting when registering. First beer is included courtesy of Mountain Merman. Event location Mountain Merman Brewing Company, 220 South Main St, La Veta. Proceeds support La Veta Creative District events. This event is sponsored by the La Veta Creative District, Colorado Creative Industries and Mountain Merman Brewing Company. For more information, please email info@LaVetaCreativeDistrict.org or visit LaVetaCreativeDistrict.org.

Call for entries for No Rules show

LA VETA— Tired of always following the rules? Need a break from the conventional? Here’s your chance to show artwork that challenges and/or delights the viewer with the unexpected. Bring up to 4 pieces to SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on May 4, 5, & 6. There is a small fee of $5 per piece (artwork wider than 30″ is considered 2 entries). Art will remain until June 10. For all the details visit the SPACe website: www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

LAS ANIMAS
Spring Clean Clothing sale

TRINIDAD— Robins Boutique in partnership with Advocates Against Domestic Assault (AADA) presents Spring Clean Clothing Drive. Clean out your closet and come shop for a fresh spring look on Friday, April 21 and Saturday April 22, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. There will be storewide discounts, gift drawings and all donations made will go to AADA. There will also be a bake sale for the Trinidad Volleyball.

365 Health Fair

TRINIDAD— Health screenings at Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad on Saturday, April 22, 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register in the lobby or online at www.365health.org. Several free and low cost tests will be provided in the cafeteria. Please call Lynda Pachelli for more information 719-846-8051.

Trinidad Elks Craft Fair

TRINIDAD— Trinidad Elks are hosting a Spring Craft Fair! Come check out local crafters and all their handmade goodies. Join us on Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for crafts and concessions put on by the Trinidad Elks. We look forward to seeing you there! If you are interesting in becoming a vendor, please contact Brittany or Jennifer at trinidadelkscraftfair@gmail.com for more info.

Plant and seed exchange

TRINIDAD— Earth Mountain Education Farms’s first of a series of plant & seed exchanges/sales to benefit the new Cedar Street Urban Play Gardens at the lot, 134 W Cedar Street in Trinidad. All your cold weather starts, such as 4 kinds of Kale, Onion plants, bok choy, celery, many herbs, broccoli, cabbage, basil and more! Also, heirloom varieties, acclimated homegrown seed. Come celebrate Earth day and support a great cause, The Cedar Street Urban Play Garden on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 134 W. Cedar Street in Trinidad.

Dog Wash and Bake Sale

TRINIDAD— Has it been awhile since your pooch has had a bath? No problem for the Brick City Roller Derby Tram. We’ll wash your pup for you! We’ll have goodies for you, and your adorable buddy. Stop by Sexy Pizza in Trinidad on Sunday, April 23, 12 – 4 p.m. All the money we make will be donated to the DeCristino family, the family of one of our own during the financially difficult times. If you are not able to make it to the dog wash and bake sale fundraiser you can donate online at www.mealtrain.com/Trains/qngm21

Weston’s Weird Whimsical & Other Worldly Creations

TRINIDAD— Gary Weston’s artwork will astound and captivate you! From Da Vinci and Jules Verne Steampunk, to the Atomic and Space Age, this exhibit covers a wide time period. Join the fun on Saturday, April 29, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Art Cartopia Museum, 2702 Freedom Road. Expect also to see some whimsical and fantasy pieces mixed in!

Vocal Landscapes

TRINIDAD—The Trinidad Community Choral invites you to experience a challenging vocal Presentation. Join us on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m. at the United methodist Church, 216 Broom Street, Trinidad.

Cedar Street Urban Garden Fundraiser

TRINIDAD— Cedar Street Urban Garden Fundraiser with live music: Meah Ezra, Dimitri Zaugg & Ear Bones at The Well Hotel and Taproom! Come join us on Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m. for a night of music and a silent auction to raise money for the Cedar Street Urban Garden project in Trinidad. $15 Cover Goes to Project (Cover Cash Only).

Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser

AGUILAR— Join the Spanish Peaks Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, April 30, 1 p.m. for the spaghetti lunch fundraiser. Located at the Aguilar Fire Station, Kids plates are $6 and adult plates are $10.

Goodnight Moon – A Fiber Tale – Opening Reception

TRINIDAD— Goodnight Moon – A Fiber Tale, is a life-sized fiber diorama based on a beloved children’s story that has been read by millions and cherished by families for generations. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 p.m. at The Commons at Space to Create in Trinidad during First Friday art walk and will be on view M-F 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. between May 5 and July 7, 2023.

COLFAX

 Raton Town Hall Meeting

RATON— Thursday, April 20, 6 p.m. at the Raton Convention Center. Join City Manager Scott Berry, Chief of Police John Garcia, Colfax County Sheriff Leonard Baca and representatives from Raton ambassadors, Raton Crime Stoppers, Rain MainStreet, Raton Arts and Humanities, RAIN, Grow Raton and the Center for Community Innovation, will provide information about the city of Raton and the carious organizations. Hear about our community successes, challenges and a look a the future.

Meet and greet the president

SPRINGER— There will be a public meet and greet with Dr. Edward Martinez, president of Luna Community College, on Tuesday, April 25, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Luna Community College Springer Satellite campus.
For more information, please call 505-454-5367.  Light refreshments will be served.

33rd Annual Family Health Fair

COLFAX—  Individuals of all ages from Colfax County, the surrounding area and beyond are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to obtain important health screenings and information from exhibitors at the 33rd Annual Family Health Fair. This year’s event will be held Thursday, April 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Raton Convention Center, located at 901 South Third Street. Numerous free and reduced-fee health screenings can be found throughout the convention center along with information from over 40 educational exhibitors and professionals who will have information on a wide variety of health topics. Appointments are not needed for the screenings, but will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Dance Party

RATON— Youth Heartline’ presents Show your blue dance party on Saturday, April 29, 6 p.m. at the Raton Convention Center. This is a free event, open to all ages with raffle and door prizes. There will also be food, drinks, games, face painting and a photobooth!

WesternHuntFest

RATON— Thinking about getting into hunting? Come hang out at the WesternHuntFest and enjoy 3D archery, Elk calling contest, pack out challenge, elk calling seminar and more on Saturday April 29 and Sunday, April 30 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. You do not have to participate to attend this event at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton. This is a family friendly event, we will have plenty of activities for the kids to help boost their interest in the outdoors! All admissions will be free, unless competing.

Chief Comedy Festival

RATON— The Chief Comedy Festival is taking to the rails and producing comedy shows in some of our favorite communities along the Southwest Chief rail line! Join some of the funniest comedians in the country as they perform stand-up comedy in Raton at the Shuler Theater, for one night only on Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m.

My HealthVet Workshop-Raton VA Clinic

RATON— The VA will be hosting a MyHealthVet Workshop on Tuesday, May 9, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Raton VA Clinic, 1493 Whittier St. Walk-ins are welcome or call 505-265-1711 x3115 to schedule an appointment.

Blue Sky Ranch open house

RATON— Come on down and meet our program horses and animals, meet head instructor/trainer and staff and tour our new facility on Saturday, May 13, 1 p.m. We will have information about the new programs being run at the ranch this spring/summer/fall. Bring your children for a Pony Ride! Drinks and sweets provided! Learn how you can be a part of our mission to help the community.  Blue Sky Ranch mission is to provide a safe, welcoming, and positive community environment where human and horse interaction drives the core of healing. Located at 35230Highway 64/87 in Raton.

Sloat Prince Foundation Scholarship for Colfax County graduates

COLFAX— The Sloat-Prince Foundation offers scholarships to graduates of Colfax County public or private high schools and to current Colfax County residents who may have graduated from high school elsewhere.  This includes public, private, charter, parochial or home school graduates.  To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college/university, or a vocational, trade or business school.  New recipient applications, including official transcripts of all semesters, must be received by the Foundation Board on or before June 15, 2023.  Applications are now available by emailing umwaroy@bacavalley.com or by contacting your school’s administration or guidance counselor.

Upcoming Events for April 13, 2023

HUERFANO

SPLD; the Bunny Hop Book Hunt

WALSENBURG— The Bunny Hop Book Hunt will be all through the month of April.  Bring your children to the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg where they will be handed a playing score sheet with three categories of books to find.  When your child finds all 3 books, bring them to the front desk and your child will win a prize!

SPLD presents the Cottontail Run

WALSENBURG— Cottontail Run will be held all through the month of April at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg.  This is a chance for older children and adults to have a little springtime fun!  This is a timed task to see how quickly you can find a book in our library in both fiction and non-fiction categories.  Books found are written on the score sheet and the fastest time wins a prize!

The Leisure Seeker- movie matinee at LVPL

LA VETA— The La Veta Library welcomes you to join us on Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. as we present “The Leisure Seeker” as our matinee offering for the month.  Starring legendary award winning actors, Donald Sutherland and Helen Miran, the movie takes us on an unforgettable journey with an older couple “escaping” their life in Boston in their faithful RV for an unforgettable trip to Key West, Florida.  Filled with tender moments and surprises, it is a movie that will stay with you long after the credits. As always, free with tasty refreshments.

Voices of the Past

GARDNER– Join us for our annual Voices of the Past presentation on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. in the Gardner Valley School Cafeteria.  This project, which began over thirty years ago, helps preserve our area’s history and gives young people a chance to interview and get to know the older generations.  The 7th and 8th grade students will present their essays on April 13.

JMHS Theater: presenting the Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

WALSENBURG— On Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.,  the JMHS Theater Class will be putting on a production of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon at Washington Auditorium (201 E 5th). There is an admission fee of $5 cash for adults, $4 for students (used to help offset the cost of production rights). We hope to see you there.

SPLD Presents Storytime with Mrs. Flamingo

WALSENBURG— Join the Spanish Peaks Library District in Walsenburg every Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Join our Children’s Librarian, Mrs Flamingo as she reads a story and participate in a craft related to the story!  Don’t miss this fun and creative program to share with your kids! You can also catch Storytime with Mrs. Flamingo every other Saturday at the Walsenburg Mercantile. Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. will be the next reading at the Mercantile.

La Veta Arbor Day tree planting

LA VETA— Mayor Doug Brgoch has declared Friday, April 14 as Arbor Day for the Town of La Veta. Please join members of La Veta Park and Tree Board on Friday, April 14 at 1 p.m. at the corner of W Cascade St. and Cherry St. in La Veta for the planting of the Town’s Arbor Day tree. Keith Hauber, retired arborist, will be conducting a short educational session about proper tree planting and maintenance during and after the tree planting. Please join us as we continue our 37 year heritage as a Tree City USA town with this Arbor Day tree planting.
If you are interested in volunteering with La Veta Park & Tree Board to do tree planting and maintenance including pruning, please contact Keith Hauber at khauber@sbcglobal.net or 816-277-4833 for more information.

SPLD: Sewing before machines

WALSENBURG— Join us on Friday, April 14, 1 p.m. at the SPLD in Walsenburg for Sewing Before There Were Machines with Jaye Sudar.  Hand sewing history and techniques.  Includes opportunity to make your own tiny sewing kit.  Always free, plus refreshments

SPLD: Flicks at the Library

WALSENBURG—Friday, April 14, 1:30 p.m.  This month’s movie is The Princess Bride, a fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love.  He must find her after a long separation and save her.  They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other.  Join us for a fun afternoon at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg!  Free popcorn and movie, but BYOB.  Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Barefoot in the Park by FCPA

LA VETA— Francisco Center for the Performing Arts proudly present “Barefoot in the Park”, a play by Neil Simon. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong does. Show dates are Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16 at 2 p.m., Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 22 and April 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased now at www.fcpalaveta.org

Weekend movie at the Fox:
Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre

WALSENBURG– The historic Fox Theatre’s weekend movie Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre R • 1 hour 54 minutes.Elite spy Orson Fortune must track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology wielded by billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds. Reluctantly teamed up with some of the world’s best operatives, Fortune and his crew recruit Hollywood’s biggest movie star, Danny Francesco, to help them on their globe-trotting mission to save the world. Showtimes are Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. Adults $7, students $6, children (5-12) & seniors $5.

Huerfano 4-H Council spaghetti dinner and silent auction

LA VETA— Join the Huerfano County 4-H Council for their spaghetti dinner and silent auction on Sunday April 16 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  The event will take place at the 4-H Barn located at 401 Moore Ave in La Veta. Adult tickets are $10, kids 6-18 cost $7, and kids 5 and under eat free.

Water Conservancy Dist. meeting

WALSENBURG— The monthly board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell St, Walsenburg, CO, on Monday, April 17, 6 p.m. The draft agenda for the meeting will be available on the district’s website: www.hcwcd.net.

La Veta Writes Writing Group

LA VETA— La Veta Writes is a local writing group. Whether you’re a longtime writer working on a project, a song writer, or simply feeling to make writing a bigger part of your life, come check out our monthly gathering on April 18. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3 – 5 p.m.  at The Parkside Art Gallery, 127 Ryus Ave. If you would like to read your writing aloud (always optional), bring up to 2-pages (double-spaced, 12 pt). This is a free gathering. Purchase of a yummy beverage or making a donation are welcome, but are not required. Supported by the La Veta Creative District & Colorado Creative Industries, LaVetaCreativeDistrict.org. For more info, email info@lavetacreativedistrict.org

Career Fair

WALSENBURG— Join the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance at the Huerfano County Communty Center in Walsenburg for their Career Fair. Bring you resume and connect with local employers and other resources on Wednesday, April 19, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

SPLD Presents Trivia Night

WALSENBURG— Join the Spanish Peaks Librarian at the Second Street Bar & Grill at the Walsenburg Golf Course,Wednesday, April 19, 6 p.m.   for SPLD’s monthly Trivia Night!  Categories for this month are: 1) Lego Bricks  2) Flowers  3) Colo 14ers  4) Visual – Famous Rabbits  5) Back to the Future Trilogy.

La Veta Earth Day Clean-up

LA VETA— Thursday, April 20, 9 – 11 a.m. Get started at the recycling bins on E. Ryus Ave. in La Veta to pick up a trash bag and bucket for recyclables. You will select a location to do your cleanup. Wear gloves, comfortable clothes, and sturdy shoes or boots. All ages are welcome! For more information, contact Marilyn at 719-890-4071.

Walsenburg  Earth Day Clean-up

WALSENBURG— Thursday, April 20, 1-3 p.m. Get started at Heritage Park to pick up a trash bag and bucket for recyclables. You will select a location to do your cleanup. Wear gloves, comfortable clothes, and sturdy shoes or boots. All ages are welcome! For more information, contact Marilyn at 719-890-4071.
Tyler Cunningham and the folks with De-Trash Walsenburg will have a booth at Heritage Park to talk about the organization and its Earth Day & Beaver Day event on Friday, April 21st from 10-12:30 at the River Front in Walsenburg.

Earth Day and Beaver Day

WALSENBURG— Get started at the River Front in Walsenburg on Friday, April 21, from 10 – 12:30 p.m.  We will be De-Trashing the stream and having a biologist speak on the local beavers that recently moved into the area and their importance to our ecosystem and impact on biodiversity.
In addition to picking up trash, and the informative talk, we are also offering free food from Gub Gub’s Pizza and Ice Cream to all attendees. The event will take place on the River Walk near the South Bridge, across from the Anchor Motel, from 10  to 12:30 p.m.

Earth Day Tree Planting at Lathrop State Park

WALSENBURG— Join us at the visitor center to plant native trees and shrubs around the park. Bring gloves, water, and a shovel if you have one.   Lunch will be provided!  Please register before April 22 at cpwconnect.state.co.us so we can have a headcount for lunch, or you can register by calling Stacey Koury at 719-738-2376 ext 4 or stacey.koury@state.co.us
Our annual Earth Day Event pays tribute to volunteer Jon Sudar, who served at Lathrop State Park after retiring as a park ranger in the Grand Canyon.  His work helped build our history, geocache, and natural resource programs until his passing on Earth Day in 2015.

Early Season Wildflower Walk & Herb Walk #1

LA VETA— Learn all about local flora used as medicines, food, and more. Half day class on Sunday, April 23,  8 a.m. -12 p.m. Cost: $25 per person. Gentle hike near La Veta. Register by contacting Bob at bobkennemer@gmail.com or via text at (719) 248-4543.

Two Hare Shop ‘N Paint

WALSENBURG – Two Hare – Shop ‘N Paint, will be held on Sunday, April 23rd, from 1 to 3 p.m.  Come out to shop, eat and paint. If you’ve not tried Gubgubs or RegalBurg food and drinks, this will be the perfect time. Two Hare will set up in a great space with a fun painting for you. She is pretty excited about this image to teach, so come out for a fun afternoon of painting, shopping and good food and drinks. -Two ways to RSVP and pay- https://venmo.com/u/Jen-Dunn-73 or https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/twoharetradingco Price is $35 – Please include names of those participating when paying for the registration. If you’re having difficulty with the pay portals OR do not use, please message Two Hare directly!

SPLD: Gardening 101

WALSENBURG – The Spanish Peaks Library District  in Walsenburg presents Gardening 101, Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m.  This month’s topic is Companion Planting.  What plants should go side by side?  What plants deter pests?  What plants promote production?  Come join us and find out!

Poetry in La Veta

LA VETA— An afternoon of poetry in honor of National Poetry Month and Earth Day will be held on Sunday, April 23, 3 – 5 p.m. at Tom Doerk’s home in La Veta, 120 W. Grand. Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!). For more information, call Tom at 719-742-3776 or Robin at 719-742-3398.

Bowling Tournament

WALSENBURG— ROAR for Relay for Life is having our first, 9 Pin no Tap Tournament at Cown Lanes, 221 Main St. Walsenburg. Join the fun on Saturday, April 29, 1 p.m. $20 to participate, must pay and register ahead of time. Awards for top 3 bowlers. Come bowl and fight back against cancer at the same time. Dress up as your favorite rock star for our costume contest too! To register or for more information please call Kendra Doherty 719-680-0693.

LAS ANIMAS

Special Olympics in Trinidad

TRINIDAD— Please join us for a day with Special Olympics with events taking place on the campus of Trinidad State College on Friday, April 14, 10 a.m. There will be an “All about Special Olympics Colorado” presentation at 10 a.m. followed by a “Young Athletes and Soccer Clinic at 11:30 a.m. and then a “Bocce Fun” event at 12:30 p.m. Reach out to Kyle Kemper at kkemper@specialolympics.org for more information.

Spring Fling rummage sale

TRINIDAD— Come join us on Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Sebastiani Gym. There will be a bake sale, arts and crafts vendors, face painting for the kids and a silent auction.  Benefit event for Holy Trinity Academy.

Book signing at TPL

TRINIDAD— After a 45-year career as a museologist, archaeologist, paleontologist and historian, Calvin B. Smith recently published his first fiction novel – about time travel.  Smith will hold a book signing on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at the Trinidad Public Library for his new book “The Mammoth Quest”.

Lizard King work day- Art Cartopia

TRINIDAD— Looking to get involved with the Artocade? Join the Art Cartopia for their Restoration work day for the Lizard King. On Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m. they’re continuing restoration on the Rebecca Bass car “Lizard King” and could use some worker bees. Come help out or even just take a peak at all the neat things going on at the Art Cartopia Museum, 2702 Freedom Rd, Trinidad.

Spring Clean Clothing sale

TRINIDAD— Robins Boutique in partnership with Advocates Against Domestic Assault (AADA) presents Spring Clean Clothing Drive. Clean out your closet and come shop for a fresh spring look on Friday, April 21 and Saturday April 22, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. There will be storewide discounts, gift drawings and all donations made will go to AADA. There will also be a bake sale for the Trinidad Volleyball.

365 Health Fair

TRINIDAD— Health screenings at Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad on Saturday, April 22, 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register in the lobby or online at www.365health.org. Several free and low cost tests will be provided in the cafeteria. Please call Lynda Pachelli for more information 719-846-8051.

Trinidad Elks Craft Fair

TRINIDAD— Trinidad Elks are hosting a Spring Craft Fair! Come check out local crafters and all their handmade goodies. Join us on Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for crafts and concessions put on by the Trinidad Elks. We look forward to seeing you there! If you are interesting in becoming a vendor, please contact Brittany or Jennifer at trinidadelkscraftfair@gmail.com for more info.

Plant and seed exchange

TRINIDAD— Earth Mountain Education Farms’s first of a series of plant & seed exchanges/sales to benefit the new Cedar Street Urban Play Gardens at the lot, 134 W Cedar Street in Trinidad. All your cold weather starts, such as 4 kinds of Kale, Onion plants, bok choy, celery, many herbs, broccoli, cabbage, basil and more! Also, heirloom varieties, acclimated homegrown seed. Come celebrate Earth day and support a great cause, The Cedar Street Urban Play Garden on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 134 W. Cedar Street in Trinidad

Vocal Landscapes

TRINIDAD—The Trinidad Community Choral invites you to experience a challenging vocal Presentation. Join us on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m. at the United methodist Church, 216 Broom Street, Trinidad.

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Colfax County Farm & Livestock Bureau Scholarship

COLFAX— The Colfax County Farm & Livestock Bureau is pleased to offer two $750 scholarships for the 2023/2024 school year. Scholarship applicants are required to be a resident of Colfax County. They may be graduating home school or high school seniors, college undergraduate, vocational or trade school students. We have made changes to the application, so please make sure that you have the 2023 application.  Applications and more information can be obtained by contacting Hal Porter at (575)-447-7108, David Walker at (575)-447-1465, or Arron Dyer at (512)-626-8497.  Deadline to apply is April 14th.

Boating Safety Course

RATON— New Mexico State Parks Presents Boating Safety Course on Saturday, April 15, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. This free course is for new and experienced boaters and is required for motorboat operators born after Jan. 1, 1989. Located at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S. Third St. For more information or to register please visit tinyurl.com/boatnm.

Knights of Columbus Spring Bingo

CIMARRON— The Knights of Columbus present Spring Bingo on Sunday, April 16, 4 p.m. at Sister Hildergarde Parish Hall. There will be cash prizes, live auction, food for purchase and door prizes.

Meet and greet the president

SPRINGER— There will be a public meet and greet with Dr. Edward Martinez, president of Luna Community College, on Tuesday, April 25, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Luna Community College Springer Satellite campus.
For more information, please call 505-454-5367.  Light refreshments will be served.

33rd Annual Family Health Fair

COLFAX—  Individuals of all ages from Colfax County, the surrounding area and beyond are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to obtain important health screenings and information from exhibitors at the 33rd Annual Family Health Fair. This year’s event will be held Thursday, April 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Raton Convention Center, located at 901 South Third Street. Numerous free and reduced-fee health screenings can be found throughout the convention center along with information from over 40 educational exhibitors and professionals who will have information on a wide variety of health topics. Appointments are not needed for the screenings, but will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Dance Party

RATON— Youth Heartline’ presents Show your blue dance party on Saturday, April 29, 6 p.m. at the Raton Convention Center. This is a free event, open to all ages with raffle and door prizes. There will also be food, drinks, games, face painting and a photobooth!

Sloat Prince Foundation Scholarship for Colfax County graduates

COLFAX— The Sloat-Prince Foundation offers scholarships to graduates of Colfax County public or private high schools and to current Colfax County residents who may have graduated from high school elsewhere.  This includes public, private, charter, parochial or home school graduates.  To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college/university, or a vocational, trade or business school.  New recipient applications, including official transcripts of all semesters, must be received by the Foundation Board on or before June 15, 2023.  Applications are now available by emailing umwaroy@bacavalley.com or by contacting your school’s administration or guidance counselor.