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Events for February 18, 2021

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NHCC Art Museum offers a world class collection of artistic works.

OUT OF OUR WORLD — An extraordinary selection of works are currently on exhibit at the Art Museum on the campus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), which safely reopened to the public on Feb. 5, in accordance with COVID-safe practices and public health measures to protect the well-being of patrons. Located in the historic and vibrant Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque, the NHCC Art Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and visitation is limited to 75 people at any one time.
Visitors must wear a mask or multi-layered face covering.
Cost of admission is $5 for New Mexico residents and $6 for non-state residents. Children 16 and younger are free. Wednesdays are free for state residents 60 and older. New Mexico residents are free on the first Sunday of each month. New Mexico foster families are admitted free at all times. Tickets for the Art Museum are available online at or by clicking here.

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Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

OUR WORLD — It’s that time of year when jumping into ice-cold water can raise some much-needed money for a good cause!
Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO), Colorado’s premier sports organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities, is thrilled to host its annual Polar Plunge Series presented by Westerra Credit Union. Polar Plunge is a cold-weather fundraiser aimed at raising $400,000 to provide critical funding for more than 15,000 Special Olympics Colorado athletes. The first event will take place at the Lake Trinidad boat ramp, located at 32610 Colorado 12, on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Learn more at

Virtual wellness programs offered through Mt. Carmel Wellness Center   

OUR WORLD — There are a variety of free and low-cost programs being hosted online by the Mt. Carmel Wellness Center that range from arts and crafts and exercise groups to cooking for diabetes. To learn more and register for classes and events, check out the community events tab at

Grief support circle for those who have suffered loss

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice and Mt. Carmel Wellness Center are partnering to bring much needed services to our communities. In these unprecedented times, so many in our area have suffered profound losses. We are offering two free programs to address these needs. The programs are open to anyone in the community that has suffered a loss and feels they could be supported through a grief and bereavement support circle. These will be held Thurs. Feb. 18th and Thurs. March 11. either virtually or in person. Sessions will start promptly at 1PM.
Kayleen Dowell, a trained facilitator will be offering a judgment-free, safe space in which your feelings of loss and grief are validated by connecting with others who have shared similar experiences and are present to sit with those feelings.
You can register for the Zoom sessions by contacting Laura Jordan at Mt Carmel Wellness Center at 719-845-4800 or If you wish to attend in person with appropriate screening and social distancing contact Sandy Dolak, at (719) 251-1271 or

Free well-being support line for teachers and educators

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.

SAT/ACT prep

OUR WORLD — The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and eKnowledge are sponsoring the PowerPrep SAT and ACT preparation course. Instructors are professional educators, with advanced degrees. Hundreds of videos and thousands of detailed explanations. The latest innovations in customized, cloud-based, distance learning programming with  diagnostics, tracking, push reports for parents, individual custom study plans, live teacher chat and more. The standard course has a $350 value and is available for only $19.99 and the premium course has a $750 value but is available now for only $39.99. Order your course prep now at


Water conservancy district board meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Water
Conservancy District will be held remotely by Zoom on Monday, February 22 at 6:00 pm. A draft agenda and login information for the meeting are available on the HCWCD website at: .
The public is welcome to join as follows:
Join from computer, tablet or smartphone at:
To dial in using your phone: (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 822 9533 9139 ; Passcode: 226136

A Conversation with the Huerfano County Board of County Commissioners

HUERFANO COUNTY — Huerfano County Economic Development and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance are proud to present a seven week public event series entitled “A Conversation With…”. Each week will bring County leaders to your living room virtually in a fireside chat format. The first week will be a Conversation with the County Commissioners. Join us via Zoom February 22nd at 6:30pm to join the Conversation. A recording will be posted on the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance’s website if you are unable to attend. Registration for the Conversation and questions for the Commissioners can be submitted at the SPBA website,

The Book Nook at the La Veta Library is open again!

LA VETA — For the next three weeks La Veta’s Book Nook will accept appointments to shop our book store on Tuesdays only.  Appointments may be made via the Book Nook’s facebook page (laveta book nook) or by calling La Veta Library (719-742-5152).
Starting the week of February 23, you can shop the Book Nook on Tuesdays by appointment only, and on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 am to 3pm by following COVID-19 regulations.

La Veta Mercantile and Francisco Fort Museum

LA VETA — The Francisco Fort Museum had a great response to the merchandise that was featured at the La Veta Mercantile this holiday season. Thank you!  As of January 2021, La Veta Mercantile merchandise is available online only.  You can shop virtually at  Shipping and curbside pick up is available. You can message the La Veta Mercantile on their Facebook page as well; . Your purchase of Francisco Fort merchandise supports the continuing work of the Francisco Fort History Museum. It doesn’t get more local than this.

The La Veta Gallery on Main is now open on Saturdays

LA VETA — It is now open on Saturdays from noon until 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website at

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

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 all members of the public, 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.

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at train depot

WALSENBURG — The Health Department has worked with local partners and MAKO to set up free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Huerfano County at the Train Depot. No insurance and no ID are required, but you should pre-register online if possible at
The dates are as follows:
Feb. 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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.

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

WALSENBURG — Join the mayor at Heritage Park every Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for community oriented improvement projects.  There are countless little things we can do to make things better and the mayor is confident that one of them has your name on it!  Come have fun and become part of the solution!

La Veta Village food services

LA VETA —  La Veta Village Food Services are no longer be taking reservations or making calls.  Food boxes will be distributed on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis.  Boxes will be distributed on the FIRST and THIRD Saturday of each month as follows:  Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 6, March 20.
Boxes will be distributed between 10a.m. and 11a.m. at the La Veta Fire House, 100 Birch Street
● Participants will wear a mask at all times
● Participants are not to exit their vehicles
● New participants will be required to sign up with the LVV Food Service Program during check in

Visit Spanish Peaks County 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: or 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 County Creative Writing Contest

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The 2021 creative writing contest is open to K-12 students enrolled in ANY Las Animas County School (homeschoolers are also eligible). Cash prizes are awarded in four age groups: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. This year, all local seniors are eligible to win one, of at least three, $500 dollars
scholarships to Trinidad State College.
Submissions are welcome in ANY writing genre and must be under 1,500 words. Each student may submit only one original work and artwork may be included.
All submissions must be received by March 15th.
To submit, go to .
All entries will be published within an awards book which will be available for purchase at First National Bank. An awards video will be released on March 15.

Curbside service at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — These curbside services are available at the Carnegie Library:
Books and DVDs:
 Visit the online catalog: to place items on hold.
 Then call or email us & arrange to pick up the items outside.
 Return items to the book drop outside the front entrance.
Printouts faxes and document scanning:
 Fees—
Copies are 10 cents per page for black and white, 50 cents per page for color. Outgoing Faxes are 1 dollar per page. We will give you a confirmation page after the fax is sent.
Incoming Faxes are 50 cents per page. Call to let us know you’re expecting a fax. Scans to email are free.
 For digital documents—you can attach the document to an email and send it with instructions to For printouts, let us know how many copies of each document you want and any special requests.
For faxes, we need the fax number you are sending to. If you want to also send a cover sheet, you can use one of our blank coversheet templates. Cover sheets count as a sheet and add $1.00 to the charge.
 For hard-copy documents — Call us when you arrive outside the library. We’ll meet you and get your documents and can usually process them (scan, fax, printout) in a few minutes.


Youth Heartline CASA recruiting

RATON — Youth Heartline is currently recruiting Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers. CASA works within New Mexico’s 8th Judicial District to support children as they navigate the legal system. CASA volunteers are needed throughout Colfax County to advocate for children’s best interests. Volunteers must be 21 or older and online training is provided.  All training is provided and there is a monthly commitment of 10 hours expected.  In light of the current global circumstances, it is more important than ever to have as many as possible looking out for foster children in our community.
To get involved, please contact Sofia Ortiz, the outreach coordinator at 575-999-5755 (cell) or 575-445-2400. You may also email her at

Hungry Hearts lunch Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will is serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St.  Free lunches are served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served).  Walk-up guests are served as well.  All guests, whether drive up or walk up, should wear masks.  As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome.  Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

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 men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.
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.  Come and give support, come, and be supported.  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 launch a pilot program 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 & 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.