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County Briefs for Jan 8, 2009

The Community Youth Chorus – Spring ‘09

WALSENBURG- If you are a young person, ages 7, 10 14 (or close to those ages), you are invited to sing all kinds of music with the Community Youth Chorus. Rehearsals are every Friday, beginning on Jan. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the United Church of Walsenburg, 108 Kansas Ave. (downstairs). They’ll be singing folk songs, Broadway songs, fun songs and beautiful songs.  Rachel, Mayci, Reid, Cheyenne, Jasmine, Sebin, Alice, Krissy, Maya and Megan all invite you to have fun with them.

United Church conference

WALSENBURG- The annual church conference for members and friends of the United Church of Walsenburg will be held 4:30 pm, Sat. Jan. 10, at the church.  District Superintendent Brenda Lear will conduct the meeting, a review of the past year and looking forward to 2009 with the new officers and plans.  John Stroh will be the 2009 chair of the church council.

SPACe member show opening

LA VETA- The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) in La Veta announces the opening reception for the 2009 SPACe Members Show “This Is Our SPACe” Sunday, January 11, 4 – 6 pm. Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee. Enjoy the company of local artists as well as their original art.The show is on display until Feb. 28. Works in the show comprise a wide array of media.

     The SPACe Gallery is located in the La Veta Town Park at 132 W. Ryus. For additional information visit or call 719 742-3074. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 10 am – 3 pm. weather permitting. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council is a nonprofit organization, supporting the arts in the Spanish Peaks region of Southern Colorado.

Relay For Life

WALSENBURG- The American Cancer Society Relay for Life will hold its monthly meeting on Mon. Jan. 12, 2009 at 6 pm at Mazzone Hall on E. 7th Street.    Relay teams can sign up now or by Feb. 21, 2009 at Kickoff Event for $50.  After that sign up will be $100.  Contact Danelle Martinez at 719-738-3093 to sign up your team or contact Juan Martinez at 738-3361 for more information.

Supervisors to meet Jan 15

WALSENBURG- The Board of Supervisors of the Upper Huerfano Conservation District will meet at 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 711 Walsen Avenue, Suite A, Walsenburg.  The meeting is open to the public.

Two Peaks, One Book community reading selection announced

LA VETA- The La Veta Public Library is excited to announce that John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” has been chosen for the 2009 Two Peaks, One Book community reading program. The Two Peaks, One Book program seeks to create a community of readers by bringing people together around a great work of literature.

     This year’s program will include two book discussions, screening of the classic film starring Henry Fonda, and three presentations focusing on issues highlighted by the book.

     Program organizer Tom Doerk encourages Huerfano County residents to join this community of readers, adding that he “thoroughly enjoyed rereading ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ because it is so masterful: it is extremely well written, the characters are well developed, and the history of the era is interesting and relevant today.”

     The first program will be held Thursday, February 26, at 7pm. Call the library at 742-3572 for more information.

Artists wanted

WALSENBURG- Artists! The Chamber of Commerce is looking for artists interested in displaying their art at the Chamber of Commerce.  We have lots of empty walls crying out to be covered with beauty. Come by the Chamber, see the space available and talk to the Community Representative.

Thatcher named executive director

PUEBLO- The Board of Directors of the Bessemer Historical Society has named Puebloan John H. Thatcher III as Executive Director of the Society, the Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture, and the CF&I Archives.