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Events for July 15, 2021

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Hybrid Art Exhibition Showcases Unique Pastel Works

OUR WORLD  —  Through August 31, the Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM), an association of international members, will exhibit its 29th National Pastel Painting Exhibition both at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM and simultaneously in an interactive virtual online gallery. These paintings include enticing imagery of
geometric power lines, reflective river rocks, and hard-edge landscapes, among portraits, still-lifes, florals, and place-based scenes.
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Virtual Roundtable on Colorado Agriculture

OUR WORLD  —  On Wed., July 21 from noon to 1 p.m.,  Colorado Proud will be hosting a virtual roundtable with Colorado ag-based experts discussing physical, operational, and cultural growth after a complex year, sharing lessons to help guide farmers, ranchers, ag professionals and communities.
This will be a virtual meeting on Zoom with “check-in” starting at 11:45 a.m. and with discussion starting at noon. You will receive the link and password to the call, as well as a phone number if you would like to dial in, after you register for the seminar at


Lathrop State Park Events

HUERFANO COUNTY — Please join us for a week of bees and flowers at Lathrop State Park. There will be some ghost hunting thrown in for good measure.
On Friday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater, Ryan Bartlett will give a presentation on bees, pollination, and the importance of bees to the web of life in our park.
On Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater,  Southern Colorado Ghost Research will present on local paranormal activity and hauntings in the area.
At 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 18, outdoorsman Bob Kennemer will lead an “Edible and Medicinal Plants” hike starting at the swim beach.
There will also be Junior Ranger programs. On Thursday the 15th at 10:30 a.m. there will be “Birds and Riparian Areas” at the Wetlands Trailhead.
On Friday the 16th, there will be an owl pellet dissection activity at the visitor’s center at 1:30 p.m.
Finally, on Saturday the 17th at 9 a.m., Ryan Bartlett will present on bees again at the Amphitheater.

Dance Party at Miner’s Plaza

WALSENBURG  — Practice your Single Ladies dance routine and join us for a 2000s themed dance party at Miner’s Plaza Friday, July 16th starting at 6 p.m. to celebrate Fridays in Huerfano. Visit us on facebook to see our participating businesses.

Graham Davis at Casa de Pajaros

LA VETA  — Come enjoy the music of Graham Davis on the Casa de Pajaros patio (213 S. Main St., La Veta, CO) this Friday July 16,  starting at 6pm.

Visual Journaling for the Soul

HUERFANO COUNTY —On July 17th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cuchara Mountain Park, Lori Holdread of Trinidad will be sharing her talents and expertise in starting participants on a beginning journey to art journaling in the inspirational setting of Cuchara Mountain Park. Lori has been leading this type of workshop for many years. The workshop is free and all materials will be supplied.
This workshop brought to you by the HeART Works Outreach Program of Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice and Huajatolla Heritage Foundation.  Call or text Sandy Dolak 719-251-1271 or to register.

Chris Arellano in La Veta

LA VETA — Chris Arellano’s deeply personal Americana weaves together the Norteno music of his northern New Mexico upbringing with Alternative  Country and Blues influences-for a signature style that he calls Nuevo Americana. Fused with song and story, Spanish and English, his transcendent lyrics move listeners with emotion and passion. Chris’ ability to play multiple stringed instruments has kept him busy as a Nashville session musician and producer.
Come check him out on July 17, at 7 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile. Tickets are $18 if purchased in advance and $20 day of show. Purchase tickets at

Water Conservancy District Board Meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Water
Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activities room, 220 Russell
Ave, Walsenburg, CO, on Monday, July 19  at 6:00p.m.
To join the meeting remotely by Zoom:
Meeting ID: 845 5478 8910
Passcode: 642023
By phone: (346) 248-7799

Church of Christ Vacation Bible School

WALSENBURG  — The Walsenburg Church of Christ will be presenting God’s Word Digging for Answers Vacation Bible School from July 19-22.  It will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Monday thru Thursday.  The church is located at 416 Walsen Ave. across the street from the library.  Please come join us for singing, Bible stories, games and snacks.  For information call Addy at 719-568-5513 or Paul 719-225-0695

Spanish Peaks Library Trivia Night at Second Street Bar

HUERFANO COUNTY — Join the Spanish Peaks Library for trivia at the Second Street Bar & Grill!
We will be hosting Trivia once again this month on July 21st at 6 pm at the Second Street Bar & Grill located in the Walsenburg Golf Course Clubhouse at beautiful Lathrop State Park.
Access from Walsenburg is west on Second Street right up to the Clubhouse or by driving through the Park; no state pass required.  Categories this month are Native American Facts, Classic 1940’s-60’s Movies, Philosophy, Monty Python & WWII Battles.  If you are the one to have suggested one of these categories, be sure to come and claim your prize!  Hope to see you all then!

La Veta  Public Library Summer Program

LA VETA — Our final program this year will be learning about sea creatures and doing fun water activities. Expect to get wet! This is a “drop by” program and will be held outside on the La Veta Library’s lawn. Come by Wednesday, July 21, 10 a.m. for story time and anytime between 10:30 a.m. & 12 p.m. for activity. For more info visit our website or call 719-742-3572.

Huerfano Area Job Fair

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance and Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce are happy to sponsor a job fair for Huerfano County and surrounding area jobs. The fair will be held in the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg from 10-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21st. Participating employers include, City of Walsenburg, Huerfano County, New Elk Coal Company; Weston, Dog Bar & Grill; Cuchara, Chae Manufacturing; Walsenburg, and more. Please bring your resume to share with employers. My One Hour Office is offering 50% off printing up to 8 resumes if you mention this notice!

Jon Chandler plays in La Veta

LA VETA — Jon Chandler is a three time winner of the prestigious Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Linwood, his moody examination of Doc Holliday’s life won the Spur for Best Song in 2009, while his tribute to Wyoming’s Hole in the Wall country, Morning Star Moon, received the award in 2012.  His novel The Spanish Peaks received the WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award (Spur Award) for Best First Novel, and he was named True West Magazine’s Best Western Musician.  Wyoming Wind, A Novel of Tom Horn, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award.
A seventh-generation Coloradan, Jon’s music and stories reflect his heritage, and his eight CDs, two novels, two non-fiction works and myriad short stories and nonfiction articles are collected by western lifestyle aficionados worldwide.  He hosts the iconic monthly concert series America’s Soul Live at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor in Arvada, Colorado.  Homage, his new recording of cover songs that have influenced his writing and singing, will be released in Summer 2019
Come check him out on July 23rd at 7:00p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile. Tickets are $17 if purchased in advance and $18 day of show. Purchase tickets at

Walsenburg Women’s Small Business Expo

HUERFANO COUNTY — Do you have a “side hustle” or home business you’d like to promote? Is it jewelry, makeup, crafts, sewing, cleaning, handy (wo)man work, or dog sitting? Whatever it is, bring your table, chair, product, and signage to Walsenburg’s no-cost Women’s Small Business Expo, Friday, July 23 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Walsenburg’s Main Street between 5th and 7th.
Find a free piece of sidewalk, set up, and share your business with the community.  Bring your business license, if applicable. Dark Waters Project will be providing music on the Plaza for Fridays in Huerfano, so come join the party. Come in to My One Hour Office, 523 Main, after 7 pm for a glass of sangria and network time with other small business owners. For more information, call Mary Jo at 719-249-5766. Let’s grow business together!

Ribbon Cutting for H’s Place Gallery & More

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance are pleased to announce a ribbon-cutting celebration for H’s Place Gallery & More, a new business located at 213 S Main St., La Veta. The celebration will take place July 23rd at 5:30 pm.
Gallery owner Heather Curtis has had a lifelong dream of owning her own gallery. H’s Place showcases Curtis’s photography on postcards, notecards, journals, and wall art. Curtis has also created a humorous sticker line, celebrating the National Headquarters for the Land of the Great Dikes! Curtis will be offering cell phone photo classes and eventually adding welded yard art from found objects.
The celebration will begin at 5:30pm July 23rd and include snacks and bubbles. H’s Place is open Wednesday through Monday 11-6pm.

Fun Fridays Field Trips

LA VETA — Field Trips for kids on Fridays. All kids are welcome to join; maximum of 15 kids/activity.
Cost: $10 for children of gym members, $15 for non-members.
Registration must be completed the Wednesday prior to each activity for logistics planning.
Drop-offs at Two Peaks Fitness at 8:45  a.m. the morning of each activity.
Scholarships available!
Our Activities:
July 23 – Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center Pool 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
August 6- Altitude Trampoline Park in Pueblo 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
August 20- Cuchara Mountain Park Mini Golf and Frisbee Golf 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Gary McMahan and friends perform at Jim and Peggy Hoobler’s Venue

LA VETA — On Saturday, July 24th at 7:00p.m., singer /songwriter and Cowboy Poet Gary McMahan and friends will be performing at Peggy Hoobler’s open outdoor concert venue at 707 E. Virginia St. in La Veta.  Tickets are $20.00/person. Bring your lawn chairs, drinks, friends. Call 719-989-1530 for more information. No reservations required.

Gardening 101 at the Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG  — This month’s gardening program will center around our townie deer and how to keep them from devouring your hard earned landscape.   We’ll discuss mechanical, cultural and deterrent methods to help save you from dreams of making Bambi a steak on your grill.  Delicious but not recommended in town!  Class begins at 1pm on Sunday, July 25th in the library Meeting Room.  For any questions, please call Ann at 719-738-2774.

Animal Vaccination Clinic

LA VETA — La Veta Pass Kennels is offering an animal vaccination clinic on July 31, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, please call (719) 470-9079.

LVFPD Taco Fundraiser

LA VETA — Let’s Taco ‘bout our fire district. Join us for a taco dinner fundraiser in support of the La Veta Fire Protection District on Saturday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile at 1120 Panadero Avenue, Cuchara CO 81055.
There will be a taco bar dinner, live music by Kurt Corsair, nachos, drinks, and prizes. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for children, and are free for kids aged 5 and under. All proceeds will benefit the LVFPD.

Huerfano area AA and NA meetings

HUERFANO COUNTY — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.


Community Health Needs Assessment

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — Mt. San Rafael is working to complete their Community Health Needs Assessment; an important tool, completed every three years, that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis.
A Community Health Needs Assessment gives organizations, like Mt. San Rafael Hospital, comprehensive information about the community’s current health status, needs, and issues. This information helps develop a community health improvement plan by justifying how and where resources should be allocated to best meet community needs.
To assist with this process is a community survey.  The survey asks about health, current health practices, and impressions of the overall health of the Trinidad community.  The survey is available in both English and Spanish and in paper form or electronic. To complete the survey electronically, use the links below.

Grand Opening of Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens

TRINIDAD — The Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center has done it again! They’ve implemented yet another beneficial service for this community in the effort to increase health and wellness in one of the most medically underserved counties in the state of Colorado. On Sunday, July 18th, there will be a grand opening for the Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens located right in the heart of downtown Trinidad.
These gardens feature scenic walks, exercise stations, calming water features, and more. They will serve as a site for wellness classes.
The grand opening will take place on Sunday, July 18 with events taking place between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Please RSVP for this event at:

First National Bank School Supply Drive

TRINIDAD — Our students need your help! Every year First National Bank gives the community an opportunity to support the youth in our community by holding an annual school supply drive. This year they are asking for cash donations to purchase supplies for Back to School. First National Bank will match the first $1000 in donations. Please consider making a donation for the betterment of the children of our community. In order to do so, drop off or mail your donations to any branch location by July 31.
Main Bank – 100 E. Main St.
Motor Bank – 122 E. First St.
Wal-Mart Branch – 2921 Toupal Dr.

Aguilar Library Summer Reading

AGUILAR — Due to inclement weather, the Aguilar Public Library  rescheduled the Summer Reading Program for 2021  themed “Tails and Tales” for Wednesday, July 28.
Activities will include crafts, workshops on juggling and making balloon animals.
Weather permitting, there will also be a foam party at the Aguilar School football field at 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
If weather doesn’t cooperate, there will be a Magic show at the community center starting at 12:30 instead.
For more information, please call (719) 941 -4426 Tuesday through Friday between 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

Aguilar Days

AGUILAR — On Saturday, August 7, from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., the Aguilar Public Library will be hosting a set of events in celebration of Aguilar Days.
Activities will include face painting and the popular “Bag of Books” event, during which you can fill a bag with books, recipes, crafts, DVDs, etcetera for only $5. Bag of Books will continue until August 31st!


Student and staff vaccination clinic

COLFAX COUNTY— On July 15th from 3 to 6 DOH/FEMA will be doing a Covid vaccination clinic at the high school  for students age 12-18 and any staff member that hasn’t been vaccinated that would like to be.  The Pfizer vaccine will be used.
You must use the following link to register and use the event code SPMSNM.  You can also register on site as they will be taking walk ins.
We are inviting students from our neighboring districts as well.
This information will be sent out via mail in the next couple of days and will be posted at various places around town.
Please feel free to share this information and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at or 575-483-3434.

Raton High School 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

RATON — Raton High School is holding a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Friday and Saturday July 17 – 18 at the high school gym.  Registration is Saturday morning at 8 a.m. for teams of four or five, $100 per team.
The divisions are middle school, high school/ men’s open, and high school/ women’s open.
For more information, call Vanessa Gonzales (719) 680-2720, Brylee Medina (575) 707-2551, Lynn Liles, (575) 707-0694, or Ted Kamp (575) 447-4381.

Raton AA meeting

RATON — AA meetings are every Sunday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Friday night, at 7:30 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.