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Events for April 29th, 2021

Events are finally a’happening!
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease up in Our World, we are heartened to see events beginning to be scheduled again.
Please send your event notices to events.worldjournal@gmail.com by Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. to get into the paper for that week.
Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Journal is providing a special web page with  information on the pandemic throughout our corner of the world.
Go to: www.worldjournalnewspaper.com and click on the COVID-19 link to get  a compilation of all COVID-19 articles run in print editions of the newspaper.
The total up-to-date number of cases in Colorado, New Mexico, and nationwide are also listed in the COVID-19 page.

out of our world

New Mexico Museum of Space History

OUT OF OUR WORLD — The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is pleased to announce that it will re-open to the public on National Space Day, Friday, May 7. The Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, closed on Monday and Tuesday. A temporary reduced entry fee of $5 per person will be in effect, due to ongoing renovation and other projects. Capacity will be limited.

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May is Older American’s Month  

OUR WORLD — It is time for “olders” in our community to not only be honored as Wisdomkeepers but to become active as Wisdomsharers. It is an opportunity to explore and create meaningful options for changing the narrative on growing older in our communities. Please join Sandy Dolak for lively discussion on conscious and creative aging. Meetings will take place on Thursdays at the following locations and dates:
-La Veta Library at 1 p.m. on May 6.
– Trinidad Ziccardi Hall at Mt. Carmel Wellness Center at 3 p.m. on May 13. (available in person or for anyone in the area by Zoom. Pre-register with Laura Jordan at Mt. Carmel: 719-845-4894)
– Walsenburg La Plaza Hotel at 1 p.m., May 20.
Contact Sandy Dolak at (719) 251-1271 or sandy@dolak.biz for more info.

Free support for teachers  

OUR WORLD — Stressed?  Virtual learning and changing plans wearing you down?  Want support from the COVID chaos?  Talk to a trained crisis counselor volunteer who can listen and support you, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week via telephone or text message to 303-724-2500. Free and immediate access to mental health services available as needed.  The well being support line is a free service for all educators and school employees including ECE, K-12 programs, and higher education.  The support line is available to any educator across the state including teachers, administrators, para-professionals, health care teams, and support staff.
Brain Health For All, For Life sponsors this program in collaboration with the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry and CPHE Colorado Spirit’s crisis Counseling Program.

HUERFANO

Spring Art Show now on display

LA VETA —  The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites the public to see the Spring Show, on display until May 15. There will be an opening reception Sat., April 24, 5 – 7 pm. There is no admission fee. Face masks and social distancing will be observed. Nine area artists are represented in the exhibit which is a cheery, colorful and upbeat collection of original art in a variety of media. Visit with the artists and others who enjoy the arts. The SPACe Gallery is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am – 2 pm and Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm.; Located in the La Veta Town Park at 132 W. Ryus. Call 719 742-3074 for more information or visit our website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

La Veta Student Art Show now at SPACe

LA VETA —  The annual La Veta Middle and High School art show is now on display at the SPACe Gallery in the Park. See what the local young people are learning about the arts, under the guidance of art teacher, Amber Huff. Her art students learn about displaying their art in a gallery venue by doing most of the work themselves. Social distancing and face masks are required inside the gallery. Hours are 11 – 2, Tues. & Thurs., and 10-2 Saturdays. Visit www.spanishpeaksarts.org for a link to our YouTube channel and see more about the show.

CircleTalk provides space for meeting new people and meaningful conversations

WALSENBURG — CircleTalk™-Orientation/Informational Meeting Join us on Thursday April 29th at  5p.m. at 527 Main St., Walsenburg. If you are interested in meeting new people and having interesting and meaningful conversations this is the place to be.
You can be a part of a dynamic program that will meet regularly one hour for 8 weeks starting in May. Groups are limited to 8. At CircleTalk™ you will experience connection, relationships and community!
Each week is designed to share perspectives, laughs, personal stories and get to know your community in a completely new way. To register or for additional information call 719.989.8747. Now is the time to reconnect-see you there!

La Veta Village Food Services

LA VETA —  La Veta Village Food Services is no longer taking reservations or making calls for free food boxes. Food boxes are distributed on a first come, first served basis on the first and third Saturday of each month between 10 and 11 a.m. The next food distribution will be May 1, followed by May 15 at the La Veta Fire House at 100 Birch Street.
Participants must wear a mask at all times, are not to leave their vehicles, and will be required to sign up during check in. For more info, call (719) 247-1393 or email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com

Spanish Peaks Chamber meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. via Zoom and at the Huerfano County Community Center at 928 Russell Street in Walsenburg. Meetings are open to the public and if you would like to attend, please email info@spanishpeakschamber.com. If you wish to get on the agenda, please email at least 7 days before the meeting.

Huerfano County Communication Coalition meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) will meet Thursday, May 6 at noon via Zoom. To receive an invitation to the meeting, email Bailee Harris at: bharris@huerfano.org. The HCCC will continue to meet virtually through the summer.

Ribbon-cutting for new tattoo shop

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance are pleased to announce a ribbon-cutting celebration for Kent Studio, a new business located at 134 W 7th St. in Walsenburg. The event will take place May 7th at noon. All necessary COVID precautions will be taken.
After completing her apprenticeship in Denver in 2013 with a certificate in body art Katie has been creating living canvases of art ever since. “I wanted to open a clean, classy parlor here in Walsenburg,” says Kent, “The kind of parlor that exceeds expectations of a traditional tattoo shop where you can expect professional work completed in a professional manner. A parlor where everyone feels welcome.” Weeks of extensive updating has transformed the space that was formerly Maria’s hair salon into a crisp new parlor, decorated in white, gray, and red. As a gifted artist Katie can bring your ideas to life.
The celebration will begin at noon May 7th with a raffle for tattoo gift certificates! Kent Studios is currently only open by appointment only. Call Katie at 719-890-4836 to schedule an appointment.

Francisco Fort annual clean-up day

LA VETA — Volunteers are needed and appreciated for the annual clean-up day at the Francisco Fort Museum. Join us on Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m. at 306 S Main Street in La Veta. Lots of opportunities for light yard work and cleaning. Please wear gloves and bring a rake. Snacks, lunch, and beverages will be provided. For more information, please call (719) 742-5501 or email director@franciscofort.org.

Walsenburg Community Garden Annual Kick-off/Get-together

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Community Garden Annual Kick-Off Get Together will take place on May 8th at 1 p.m. at the Corner of 10th and Russell. Everyone is welcome! Come garden with us. For more information, call Karen Starbuck at (719) 250-8798

Friends of the La Veta Public Library Annual Fundraiser

LA VETA —  The La Veta Public Library is once again and for the 69th year running their Community Calendar Fundraiser. On the calendar they list birthdays, anniversaries, and memorial dates. Please help support the Friends of the Library!
There is a 50¢ cost per individual listing and the deadline for submitting listings is May 15th.
Each calendar will cost $8.00 and will be ready for delivery by July 20. Calendars are based on the school year, August 2021-August 2022.
Please call Mitzi Keairns at (719) 742-5278 or Peggy Arnold-Hoobler at (719) 989-1531 (text or call) for more information.

Huerfano County Softball Captains Meeting
HUERFANO COUNTY — Huerfano County Softball League 2021 Captains Meetings will be held on Friday, May 21 at 5:30p.m. at the Walsenburg Community Center, 928 Russell Street. For more information, please email the new Recreation Coordinator Joshua House at jhouse.huerfano.us

Twin Peaks Motorfest

HUERFANO COUNTY — Come out Memorial Day Weekend on May 30 for Sand Drags, Barrel Racing, and Short Course Trails! General admission prices are $10 a day ($5 for kids) and pit passes are $20/day. This event will be held west of Walsenburg between mile marker 292 & 293. Gates open at 8am enjoy some fun in the sun with the whole family! Call Luke for more info at (719) 568-3350.

The La Veta Visitor Center to open on Memorial Day Weekend – Volunteers needed!

LA VETA —The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will be opening the La Veta Visitor Center, located at the Historic Train Depot next to the La Veta Town Park, on Memorial Day weekend. The Visitor Center will be open Thursday through Monday from 10am-5pm. We will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Visitor Center is operated with trained volunteers and is a wonderful way to welcome people to the area and help plan their visit.  We will be following COVID-19 regulations and masks are required to enter. If you’d like to volunteer we’d love to have you! Two volunteer shifts are available, either one or two days a week or on a fill-in basis. The first shift is 10-1 and the second is 1-5.
A big thank you to the town of La Veta for providing this location free of charge. If you are interested in helping out, please call for more information. Training starts the middle of May!
Contact: LaRissa Morris 808-936-0663

Addiction treatment

WALSENBURG — Front Range Clinic is offering confidential, safe, access to medications for addiction treatment at two locations in Walsenburg.  Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m the mobile unit will be at 1818 E. Kansas Avenue.  Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the clinic will be held at 129 Kansas Avenue.  For more information call 1-866-MAT-STAT or visit www.frontrangemd.com

Free COVID-19 testing at health dept.

WALSENBURG — The Health Department has expanded FREE COVID-19 testing in Huerfano County.  This free COVID-19 test  is available to everyone, regardless of symptoms.  No insurance required
Please call for an appointment.  Testing will be available on:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Appointments are required for testing, call 719-738-2650 for an appointment.  The Las Animas/Huerfano Health Department office address is:  119 E. 5th Street.

Walsenburg area AA and NA meetings

WALSENBURG — AA meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.  NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano County Community Center.

Spanish Peaks Library Board of Trustees  seeking applicants

WALSENBURG—  The Spanish Peaks Library Board of Trustees is looking for a few good women and men. If you want to get more involved in your library and your community and can commit to one meeting per month, we want YOU! Be an active part of a growing and changing library. For more information and an application, contact the library at (719) 738-2774.

Free legal self-help clinic

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg is hosting a free legal self-help clinic on the second Tuesday of every month. As a COVID work-around, instead of coming into the physical library, the volunteer attorney will call the clinic patron’s telephone directly, using the phone number provided to your library staff.
Please call (719) 738-2774 to be added to the sign-up sheet. The next clinic will be hosted on Tuesday,  May 11th  from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. If possible, patrons are encouraged to have a computer or tablet available during the phone call.

Walsenburg Eagles hosting bingo

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Eagles will be having bingo on Wednesday evenings! Regular meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month.

Spanish Peaks Library is open

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Library District is open to the public on a limited basis. The hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The services that are offered at this time are: computers by appointment, browsing the stacks by appointment, printing by emailing documents to printspld@gmail.com, and receiving faxes.  Patrons can call the library at 738-2774 to set up appointments or if you have any questions.

Visit Spanish Peaks Country website for new walking tours

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Huerfano County Tourism board has put together walking and driving tours of Walsenburg, La Veta, Cuchara, and the Scenic Highway of Legends.  Download the app by visiting either of these links:                                                              .  https://spanishpeakscountry.com/ or https://spanishpeakscountry.com/audio-tours/to explore our county via the Travel Storys app.
The TravelStorys available now are:
Historic La Veta-From Western Outpost to Cultural Oasis; Historic Downtown Walsenburg-A City Built on Coal; Highway of Legends-Wonder and History, Millions of Years in the Making; Walk Cuchara- Step Back Into The Past

LAS ANIMAS
 
The Chief Bicycle & Comedy Festival

TRINIDAD — The Chief Bicycle & Comedy Festival is taking to the streets of Trinidad for three days of bicycling and outdoor, socially-distanced comedy from April 29 – May 1.
Made possible by dozens of community sponsors, the Chief will bring 50+ comedians to Trinidad to activate Main and Commercial Streets for three evenings of outdoor comedy on multiple stages set up through the El Corazon de Trinidad Entertainment District. In total, nine blocks of downtown Trinidad will be closed to vehicular traffic which will allow open container liquor to be served by participating bars and restaurants and for an extended dining service in an outdoor, socially distanced setting.
For more information, please go to TheChiefFestival.com or find them on Facebook or Instagram.

ROAR for Relay for Life Mother’s Day Gift Basket Fundraiser

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Get your mom, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt, girlfriend or special lady one of three amazing gift baskets for Mother’s Day! We have done the hard work getting all the goodies gathered for you, all you have to do is get your name in for the raffle drawings. Each basket is worth at least $125, and each ticket is $5 or $20 for five tickets. The drawing will be Wednesday, May 5th and pick up is at Corradino Auto Body in Trinidad, CO until Friday, May 7th. You can go see the baskets at Corradino and put your name in or call Kendra at (719) 946-5510 or (719) 680-0693. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society ROAR for Relay for Life!

Spring Bulldog Run

TRINIDAD — The 2021 Spring Bulldog Run will feature a 5k walk, 5K run, and 10K run along the south shore of Trinidad Lake State Park at 8 a.m. on May 22. Both runs are participating events for the 2021 RaBa Cinco running series. 2021 races are now open for registration, with detailed information and individual event links found at RaBacinco.com.
Races held in the three county Raton Basin area of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico are available to residents (featuring county team competitions) and visitors to our region with events including 5K up through the half marathon and 50K “ultra” challenges. Teens through seniors (with three age groups for both males and females) are eligible for awards based on point totals accumulated for up to five races in what is expected to be a series of ten races concluding in the fall. However, please note the total number of races may be limited depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information or to register online, visit at https://runsignup.com/Race/CO/Trinidad/BulldogRunMay2021 or call Jason at 719-680-0171.

Registration now open for ‘Rad Dirt Fest Gravel Bike and Trail Run Event

TRINIDAD —  As off-road endurance events continue to gain popularity throughout the country, Life Time is excited to announce The ‘Rad Dirt Fest,  a new off-road cycle and trail run event based in Trinidad,  featuring views of the Spanish Peaks, small town charm and miles of smooth gravel and trails. The inaugural event, which will take place Oct. 2-3, 2021, offers three gravel cycling distances and two trail run distances. It also coincides with a town celebration commemorating the 200th year of the Santa Fe Trail.

The off-road cycle race will offer three distance options for athletes on fast, fun and clean gravel: a short 38-mile loop with 2,720 feet of elevation gain, a 90-mile course with 5,000 feet of climbing and a 162-mile grind with 10,800 feet of elevation gain. In its inaugural year, the trail run will take athletes on two scenic routes on the outskirts of Trinidad: an approachable half marathon option with 1,000 feet of elevation gain and a 50k route with 3,200 feet of climbing. As the town evolves and grows its trail network, the running courses will also evolve, allowing The ‘Rad to grow alongside the town of Trinidad.
Registration for The ‘Rad opened Tuesday, April 13. Learn more and register at  www.theraddirt.com.  Or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COLFAX

Raton AA meeting

RATON — AA meetings are every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday night, at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 4th and Tiger Drive in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Al-Anon meeting

RATON — Al-Anon comes to Raton thanks to support from the World Journal and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton.  Meetings are every Thursday at 6 p.m. at 240 Rio Grande.  Al-Anon is a self-supporting group that seeks to assist the family and friends of people who are abusing alcohol or other substances.  Questions?  970-568-6969.

Free transportation for veterans for medical appointments

NE NEW MEXICO —  The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services is partnering with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to provide free transportation for veterans for VA or VA-approved non-VA medical appointments.   The first phase of this innovative program will serve military veterans in the following counties:  Cibola, Colfax, Guadalupe and Socorro.
Veterans must make reservations three days in advance for these free round trips by calling the DAV at 505-582-4544.  If you are interested in volunteering as a driver, call the DAV for details.