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Head Start now enrolling

WALSENBURG/ TRINIDAD —  CDI HS serving South Central Colorado Head Start is now enrolling pre-school children ages 3-5 years old.  The program offers high-quality early education, parent education and activities, hearing, speech and language services, health & dental, healthy meals, service for children with disabilities, in-person & virtual services and dual language learning.
Call now to apply for the Walsenburg Center at 719-420-0564, for the Trinidad Center at 719-420-0198, or apply online at http://bit.ly/SCCOHSApplication.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.  Transportation is not provided.  Staff will provide information and referrals for local transportation opportunities as available.

New Mexico State Museums and Historic Sites have now all reopened
OUR WORLD  —  The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) announces that the state’s eight museums and seven of its historic sites have now all reopened, allowing visitors to explore and learn more about the state’s rich heritage in person. View new exhibitions and revisit popular permanent collections at DCA’s museums and explore interpretive exhibits at our historic site’s visitor centers. For more information, including days and hours of operation at individual institutions, visit newmexicoculture.org.

18th Annual Stonewall Century Ride
OUR WORLD  —  Register for the 18th Annual Stonewall Century Ride, Saturday August 14th. The Stonewall Century is a challenging 102-mile out-and-back road bike ride along Highway 12, the scenic Highway of Legends, from La Veta to Segundo and Back. Turn around wherever you like. For more information, see www.spcycling.org.

HUERFANO

Aguilar Public Library Book Sale

AGUILAR — The Aguilar Public Library Book Sale is ongoing with books & audios going for .25 cents or 5 for $1 and DVD’s & CD’s for .50 cents or 5 for $2.
The Aguilar Public Library is located at 146 West main St and is open Tues, Fri, Sat from 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. and on Wednesdays from 12:30p.m. – 4:30p.m.

Museum of Friends hosts two art exhibitions dealing with conflict

WALSENBURG  — The Museum of Friends is hosting two unique art exhibitions until July 24.  Talking it Out Coming to An Agreement & Contemporary Artists Dealing with Conflict. The works on view are not decorative nor depict light subject matter and as such it is recommended that children who visit are accompanied by a parent or care-giver. This content is highly
recommended for middle and high-school aged children. The museum is open from Tuesday through
Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm or by special appointment.

Farmer’s Markets in Huerfano County

HUERFANO COUNTY —
LA VETA – Thursdays 3-5 next to the library on Main St.
GARDNER – Saturdays 10-12 under pavilion next to Methodist church
WALSENBURG – Sundays 12-3 at Heritage Park on Main St.
For more info call (719) 281-0100

Vendors invited to Art in the Park

LA VETA —  Artists and fine crafters are invited to become vendors at this year’s annual Art in the Park, held in the La Veta Town Park, July 3 and 4. Vendors will be spaced 10′ apart, with foot traffic going in one direction, to comply with health department guidelines for the Covid pandemic. The number of booth spaces is about half of normal, so apply early. Applications are available on the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org, or at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta. Booth spaces are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Call 719 742-3074, Tues., Thurs., or Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Walsenburg Mining Museum and Huerfano Heritage Center opening

WALSENBURG —  The Walsenburg Mining Museum is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. Phone:  719-738-1992        Website:    huerfanohistory.org/mining-museum.html
The Huerfano Heritage Center will also be open for historical and family information, historical archives, newspapers back to 1898, historical photos and more year-round. The hours are:  Wednesday 2 to 5p.m., Thursday 11 to 3 p.m. and Friday 2 p.m to 5 p.m.  Phone:   719-738-2346 , E-mail:  huerfanoheritagecenter@outlook.com,     Facebook:    The Huerfano Heritage Center-Home/Facebook.
Tours are back! To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, the Huerfano County Historical Society will offer a tour of the Taos Trail, which was an important branch of the Santa Fe Trail, on Saturday, August 28. Historical re-enactors will be at each stop. There will be further details as they are finalized.  For reservations or further information call or leave message at   719-738-2346.

HCCC Zoom meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY—  The Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) will meet Thursday, June 3rd, 12 p.m. 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.

Friends of the Library Book Sale – volunteers needed

WALSENBURG  — The Walsenburg Library Friends of the Library is having un upcoming book sale on Thursday, June 3rd, from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m and Friday, June 4th, from 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. The Friends of the Library could use a few volunteers to set up and take down and sort books – there are a lot this time.
If interested, come on by the Walsenburg library on June 3rd at 8:30a.m. to help or call Suzanne at (719) 746-2423 or Dalene at (719) 738-1184. Hope to see you all there!

“CrossKnit” in the Park – make your own knitting needles!

WALSENBURG  — Join us in Heritage Park at 424 Main Street in Walsenburg on Friday June 4th from 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m for an intergenerational DIY maker event. Whether you’re young, old, or somewhere in between, YOU are invited to learn to make your own knitting needles, try your hand at Extreme Knitting, and get to know your neighbors.  All materials will be provided free of charge while supplies last so be sure to arrive early.  Bring a chair, a knitting project if you’ve got one, and join in the fun!  No experience necessary.  Call or text Sandy Dolak 719-251-1271 for more information.

Live Music by Amy Coffman

WALSENBURG  — On Friday, June 4th and saturday, June 5th from 6:00p.m – 8:00p.m. there will be a live performance by Amy Coffman at 118 W 6th st in Walsenburg.

The United Church of Walsenburg hosts Rabbi Michael Marks

WALSENBURG  — On June 6, 13, and 27, the United Church of Walsenburg will be sponsoring afternoon meetings with Rabbi Michael Marks. The meetings will begin at 1:00 p.m. each Sunday in the church sanctuary. Rabbi Marks has 40 years of pastoral ministry, three ordinations and a smicha, founded numerous ministries as well as lead tours in Israel and taught in the Ukraine and Poland. Rabbi Marks will cover several topics during the course of the three Sundays. What questions do you have about Messianic Jewish beliefs?  Here is your chance to ask.

Gardner Valley School garden open to the public

GARDNER  — Beginning Saturday, June 5th , the vegetable and flower gardens at the Gardner Valley School will be open to the public two mornings a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays,  starting at 10. We invite you to join us to plant, weed, water, learn, share in early produce, feed the birds and have fun.
The program will likely be continued through July. So, grab your hats and sunscreen and come on down, everyone is welcome. For more information, call Johnny at 746-2345. Follow us on Facebook at: Friends of Gardner Valley School.

Kids’ Fishing Derby at Lathrop

WALSENBURG  — Lathrop State Park and our local wildlife officers will be hosting a Fishing Derby
on Saturday, June 5th for children 15 and under. The derby will start at 10:00 am and children can stay and fish as long as they would like.
Fishing poles will be given to the first 50 participants on a first come, first served basis. We will also
hand out bait and hooks. To follow safety restrictions, we will not be serving lunch this year.
Participants should bring water, a lawn chair, sunscreen, and bug spray.   Although fishing at the pond is for youth only, adults and parents are welcome and encouraged to help their children fish. The event is
free, but a valid park pass will be required on each vehicle entering the park. For more information,
please call Lathrop State Park at 719-738-2376 ext. 0.

New Hope Ministries of Walsenburg hosts Crystal Rivers

WALSENBURG  — Come join us June 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. with Crystal Rivers at New Hope Ministries of Walsenburg.  108 Kansas Ave Walsenburg Co, 81089. Christian group who makes music to the Lord.  Psalm 95:1 says, let us sing for joy to the Lord and shout joyfully to him.  All are welcome to come and make music unto our Lord who is worthy of all praise. See you there.

Mad Hatter Tea Party at Alys’

LA VETA — By royal decree, the Queen of Hearts invites you to the Mat Hatter Tea Party at Alys’ Restaurant, serving Alys’ famous desserts! Join us June 6 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. for a fundraiser for the Friends of the La Veta Public Library at Alys’ Restaurant! Dress up and wear your favorite hat, $25 at the door (cash or check). Please RSVP by calling (719) 742-3828.

La Veta Public library Tails and Tales Summer Program

LA VETA — “Insects are animals, too!” is the theme of our Wednesday program next week. There will be fun activities making and learning about mini beasts. This is a “drop by’ program and will be held outside on the La Veta LIbrary’s lawn. Come by Wednesday, June 9th, anytime between 1:30 and 12:00p.m. For more information, visit our website at www.lvpl.org or call (719) 742-3572.

Walsenburg Golf Course turns 55!

WALSENBURG  — The Walsenburg Golf Course is turning 55 this month and there will be a full weekend of activities to celebrate!
On Friday, June 11, there will be a Bocce Ball Tournament.
On Saturday, June 12, there will be a Golf Tournament and Gala Dinner.
On Sunday, June 13,  there will be brunch.
RSVP to Mike at (719) 890-4292 and for more information, call Gary Vezzani at (719) 859-5306 or Doc Menghini at (719) 738-2111.
See www.golfwalsenburg.com

Crafty Canary under new ownership and now with outdoor patio

WALSENBURG  — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance are pleased to announce a ribbon-cutting celebration for Crafty Canary Brewery, located at 107 E. 5th St. Walsenburg.
The Canary was purchased by Walsenburg native Aubrey Lykins in July 2020.
And now the Canary has outside patio space to enjoy beer and cocktails while watching the sunset.
The celebration begins June 12th with a ribbon cutting at 2 pm. A complimentary glass of bubbly will be provided for the ribbon cutting and then food and drink will be available for purchase. “Bo Jingles” and “Brent Loveday & the Dirty Dollars” will be performing at 6pm!
The Crafty Canary is open Wednesday and Thursdays 3-9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11am- 9 pm. Extended hours coming soon!

3D archery shoot at Cuchara Mountain

CUCHARA — Come out to the first Cuchara Valley Archery 3D shoot at the Cuchara Mountain Park on June 12th! All ages and experience levels welcome. Registration will be from 7 am – 10 am. Shooters will start upon registration. $30 – Adults, $20 – 18 and Under, FREE 10 and Under. Visit www.cucharavalleyarchery.com to learn more!

Children’s Activity Day at New Hope Community Church

WALSENBURG  — New Hope Community Church located at 801 Pennsylvania Ave in Walsenburg is celebrating summer with a special day for kids on Sunday June 13th. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.  Activities begin at 9:00 a.m. focused on the story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus. A brief program will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a hot dog lunch following the sharing time. Activities include crafts, recreation, and Bible study for kids ages 6-11. Accompanying family and friends are encouraged to attend the program and are welcome to visit during during the activities. No other child care is provided. All materials and lunch are provided by the church.

La Veta Booster Club corn hole tourney

LA VETA — Come out to the Mission Deli Mesa at 923 S Oak Street in La Veta on June 13th at 1:00p.m. for a corn hole tournament benefiting the La Veta Schools Booster Program! 40 Teams MAX so be sure to register asap, deadline is June 11th at noon. $25 per person. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! Register at Lavetaboosters@gmail.com or call Tomi at (719) 989-8953 or Kelli at (303) 775-4225.

Sand Painting at the La Veta School of the Arts

LA VETA — On Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th, the LVSA will host a sand painting workshop.
This class is an exploration of the symbolism, balance, harmony and symmetry used to create the traditional sand paintings of many cultures. The first day will be spent learning about the sand painting in many cultures in the world. The second day will be spent creating original sand paintings. Participants will gain a better understanding of the cultural values portrayed and how sand paintings have helped sand artists find balance in their own lives. Lab fee will pay for all supplies. (Lab fee $15) $150.

SPACe Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop

LA VETA — On Tuesday, June 22nd ,from 9:30a.m. – 3:30p.m. there will be a Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop with Cheryl St. John sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council. The price of the workshop is $75. Register early to save a spot. 719 742-3074.

Aguilar Public Library Summer Reading Program 2021

AGUILAR — The Aguilar Public Library is happy to announce our Summer Reading Program for 2021  themed “Tails and Tales” June 25th and 26th.
*Fri, June 25th @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
>Crafts – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
>Lunch – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
>Puppet Show – 1:00pm – 1:30 pm
*Sat, June 26th @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
>Workshops – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
A. How to make your own Balloon Animals
B. How to learn to Juggle
>Lunch Break 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
> Ann Lincoln Entertainment  presents
FOAM PARTY @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (outside entertainment)
**If weather doesn’t cooperate Magic show will be the alternative @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in the Community Center
For information please call 719-941-4426.

Wine Tasting and Auction for SPAWP Benefit

CUCHARA — On June 30, at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile, there will be a wine tasting and auction fundraiser to benefit the Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection. Tickets are $50 per person and are available from the Cuchara Country Store and the La Veta Mercantile or from SPAWP members.

Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles Race

AGUILAR — The Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles is a new five mile race course at the base of the East Peak of the twin Spanish Peaks (Wahatoya) in the Las Animas/Huerfano County border area of Southern Colorado. Access is made easy from I-25, with a pre-race assembly point in the town of Aguilar – at 146 West Main Street (Park site near the Library and Fire Station) – in preparation for a pleasant 15 minute caravan to the “backroads” location.
Packet pickup and pre-race instructions will take place at the 146 West Main location in Aguilar between 7:30 and 8 a.m., Saturday, July 24th.  Online registration ($25) is strongly encouraged, however, late registration ($30) is permitted for those arriving no later than 7:45 a.m. Race officials/hosts will lead the participants by vehicular caravan from the packet pickup location to the starting point for the race at the intersection of Las Animas County Roads 54.2 and 41.4.
To register or for more information, visit rabacinco.com

LAS ANIMAS

Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD —  Friday, June 4 is Senior Day at Books & More Bookstore at 132 N. Commercial St. in Trinidad. Most items are 50% off and the store is open from 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Fishing Tournament

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The Stonewall Fire Auxiliary is hosting the 2 nd annual Fishing Tournament at Monument Lake Resort on Saturday, June 5. 2021. Registration starts at 7am, fishing starts at 9am. The cost is $20 for adults and youth (under 16) is $15. No license is required as that is Colorado’s free fishing day. Early registration has begun at www.stonewallfireauxiliary.com; with adults @ $15 and youth (under 16) at $12. There is a park entrance fee collected at the gate or office. The tournament ends at 3pm and awards begin at 4pm with $3,000 in cash prizes. The day doesn’t end then. The country band, The Break room, will be playing in the meadow following awards and later on the patio of the Monument Bar & Grill, Estin McGraw with “Estin and the 86’d’ will be playing.
You can then head up to the Monument Bar and Grill and listen to the acoustic guitar of Estin McGraw with Estin and the 86’d on the patio. There is no cover charge for either.
Please come and join us for a fun filled day with lots of food, prizes, and great entertainment while supporting the Stonewall Fire Department.
For more information contact 719-868-2249 or www.stonewallfireauxiliary.com.

Father’s Day Baskets Fundraiser

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Get your father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, son, boyfriend, or special man one of 3 amazing gift baskets for Father’s Day! Or just get one for you! 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. The baskets are worth at least 4125 or more each. Each ticket is $5 each or $20 for 5 tickets. Drawing will be Tuesday, June 15th and pick up is at Corradino Auto Body in Trinidad, CO until Friday, June 18th. you can see the baskets at Corradino and put your name in or call kendra &719) 946-5510 or (719) 680-0693. all proceeds go to American Cancer Society ROAR for Relay for Life!

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

Springer Red Devil Booster Club

RATON — The Springer Red Devil Booster Club is Reforming and looking for members to join and help with the various organizations in the school (Athletics, Academics & Clubs in the School).  The Board is in need of at least 5 Board members( President, Vice President, Treasure, Secretary and Public Relations) Plus several members to help with the organization of events and activities.
If you would like to help please come to a meeting on May 24th at the Springer Schools Board Room at 5:30pm. Please wear  a mask. For More information, please call Superintendent Julie Crum or Principal Christina Hildago @575-483-3432.

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.