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Community briefs for April 17

4-H Spaghetti  Dinner Fundraiser

LA VETA- The Huerfano County  4-H  clubs are holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Sunday April 20, 2008 at the Huerfano County 4-H barn in La Veta, from 11 am to 2 pm.  The cost for adults is $6, children get in for $3, and those five and under get in for free.  There will also be a silent auction.

    The fundraiser is for a very worthy cause, to help pay for the Washington Focus trip that 4-H kids Adam Kimbrel and Hallie Homerding will be attending in June.      Citizenship Washington Focus, is a six-day intensive summer citizenship program for youth age 14-19, and brings in 4-H students from all across the country to meet in D.C. to discuss issues that face our youth today.  Kimbrel and Homerding will also get a chance to do some sightseeing in our nation′s capitol.  As CWF delegates, they will learn about the democratic process and their role as citizens while they experience our nation′s capital.  They’ll get the inside scoop about how government really works from prominent guest speakers.  College-age program fellows lead bill writing workshops, a national issues forum, and mock elections and congressional sessions that prepare kids for leadership now and in the future.    Go to www.citizenshipwashingtonfocus.org to see more.

    Please attend and help support Huerfano County′s youth, the desserts alone will be well worth the price of admission!

Scenic Highway Meeting

AGUILAR- Businesses and tourist organizations along the Scenic Highway of Legends (Colo. 12) are invited to the monthly Scenic Highway meeting 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24, to discuss updates on the highway signage grant and related plans.

   Starting with a catered lunch (less than $10 per person), at the Aguilar Community Center on Main Street in Aguilar, President Mike Moore will lead a discussion on the $48,000 byways grant.  Reservations may be made with Carolyn Newman, 738-2840 or carlynewman@aol.com by Monday, April 21.

Coal Mining and Celtic  Fest Meetings

WALSENBURG & LA VETA- There will be two coal mining heritage meetings next week, and all interested members of our communities are invited to attend.  Participants will be  asked to share ideas on how to promote Huerfano County’s rich coal mining heritage in conjunction with next September’s Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival.   The festival attracts hundreds of new national and international visitors to our county each year, and will offer an excellent opportunity to promote our county. 

    The first meeting will be held at the Spanish Peaks District Library in Walsenburg on Tuesday, April 22 starting at  10 am.   The second will be at the La Veta Library on Thursday, April 24 starting at 6:30 pm.

Chamber President Resigns

WALSENBURG- The president of the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce abruptly resigned by e-mail last Thursday.  Jananne Pearson gave no reason for her resignation to board members.  Pearson was elected president of the board last December.  The chamber board will be meeting tonight to discuss who will take over as president and consider applicants to fill the vacancy of another position on the board assuming one of the current members take over as president for the rest of the year.

    Meanwhile, the chamber is preparing for its annual Black Diamond Jubilee celebration coming up June 20-22.  Jim Vigil is the chairman of the event this year.      If anyone wishes to have a booth at this years event, they should contact Candy Evins 719-404-1835  or other board members.   Booth prices are $75 for the weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a 10 by 10 booth.  Informational only and non-profits booths are $10.

Republican Women Luncheon

HUERFANO- The Huerfano County Republican women will meet on Friday  April  18th  at  12:30 pm at 138  Antelope Loop,   Navajo Ranch,  Cty RD  510 near Walsenburg.  A salad luncheon, drinks and dessert will be provided.

    The group is looking for new members.  Please come and join in.  RSVP to Carol Belt at 738-3582.

Community Youth Concert

WALSENBURG- The community is invited to see and hear talented young people (and two older youth) in the Community Youth Concert on Sun. April 20, at 3 pm at the United Church of Walsenburg, 108 Kansas Avenue.  The piano students of Carol Lyon will perform as well as young people singing vocal solos, playing violin and guitar solos and dancing.  The Community Youth Chorus will sing folk songs, songs from musicals, and a patriotic medley.  Those participating are Haley Hake, Stephen and Krissy Serra, Megan Valdez, Mayci and Reid Edmundson, Rachel Bossert, Madelyn Sample, Kiana Behringer, Sean O’Connor, Samantha Ridings. Nicholas Lewis, Becky Bressan, Conor Orr, Alice Major and two older students, Marjory Tatman and Sara Harding.  Accompaniest is Carol Stevens.  They all invite “you all” to enjoy their music!  For more info call Carol Lyon at 989-0826.

Juan Bautista de Anza coming to Pueblo??

PUEBLO- The legendary Juan Bautista de Anza will make a return visit to Pueblo this Saturday April 19 at 10am.  Don Garate, Chief of Interpretation/Historian at Tucumcacori National Historical Park, will give an insightful look into de Anza’s life during a free presenation at El Pueblo History Museum.  Dressed in the Colonial Spanish uniform of the 1700s, Garate will relate de Anza’s march with 800 troops through southern Colorado, the Pikes Peak region and Pueblo in pursuit of the Comanche leader, Cuerno Verde (Greenhorn).  Seating is limited; call the museum at 719-583-0453 for reservations.  The museum is located at 301 N. Union in Pueblo.

    Also that day, a multitude of eco-friendly vendors will be at the museum in honor of Earth Day next Tuesday.

Seedling trees for sale

PUEBLO- If you own at least two acres of land, CSU Extension of Pueblo County will have a variety of seedling tree species for sale on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 beginning at 11 am.  Go to the west entrance of the Natural Resource Building on the Colorado State Fairgrounds.   These will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Bare root trees are available in multiples of 50 per species.  Potted trees are available in multiples of 30 per species.  Prices vary depending on species.

    For more information contact Colorado State University Extension of Pueblo County at 583-6566.

Experimental Drawing & Painting Workshop

LA VETA- The La Veta School of the Arts’s first class of the year will be held in May at the art school, 105 West Ryus in La Veta, across from the park.  Learn the principles of abstract painting and drawing in this class that can be taken for 5 or 12 days beginning May 11 and ending May 22.  The emphasis will be on putting yourself into your work and making it unique.  You will also learn the psychology of line, form and color.  The cost for 5 days is $375 plus supplies or take it for 12 days for just $750 plus supplies.  The instructor, Peggy Zehring, has been teaching this class for nearly 30 years at the college level.  For more information, call 719-742-3421. You can also e-mail  LVArtSchool@yahoo.com or check the website at www.theLVSA.org