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Community Survey of Older Adults

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS— South Central Council of Governments (SCCOG), in association with the Colorado Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) and with funding from SB290, is conducting a survey to learn about the current and future needs of older adults living in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Your household may randomly be selected to participate. Watch your mailbox. Your feedback is appreciated and will help us understand and plan for the needs of older adults in our community.  If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Veronica Maes, Area Agency on Aging Director at SCCOG at (719) 845-1133 ext. 225 or vmaes@sccog.net. Thank you in advance for your time and participation.

HUERFANO

Kids skills track field trip with Two Peaks

LA VETA—Thanks to the supreme efforts of Cale Dancho and many volunteers, it’s finally done. We have our very own skills track for kids’ mountain biking! We will be hosting our very first Mountain Biking Fun Friday event at the track, located at Cuchara Mountain Park on Friday, August 19th! We will depart from Two Peaks Fitness in La Veta at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1:30 p.m. Please wear good sturdy shoes and bring a lunch and water. Sunscreen is highly recommended. We will have Patrick Nye, the founder of Downhill Solutions to teach the class. PLEASE be aware, for safety, that this class is for children 8 years old and up. They must be able to ride a bicycle without training wheels! Cost is 10.00 per child if the family has a gym membership and 15.00 for non-gym members. To sign up, please call Sher @ the gym 719 742-3555. Slots for this event are limited so hurry hurry! Helmets will be provided by Two Peaks. Let’s get ready to rumble around the track!

Fridays for Fun at LVSA – Charcoal and Pastel

LA  VETA— All children from 6-12 are invited to participate in La Veta School of the Arts’ summer art program. Younger children can participate with an adult assistant. Friday, Aug. 19, Vashti Wachterman  will help young artists make surprising marks with charcoal and pastels including fluorescent colors. All young artists will hang their finished works to share with everyone.  All Fridays For Fun classes are 1-3 p.m. and if you call ahead 719-742-3421 and leave your name and number, the classes are $10.   If you pay at the door, the cost is $15.  Scholarships are also available.

Second annual Antiques at the Spanish Peaks Vintage Trailer Rally

LA VETA—Vintage trailers and RVs will again converge on La Veta the weekend of Friday, August 19- Sunday, Aug. 21 for the second annual Antiques at the Spanish Peaks Vintage Trailer Rally.  The highlight of the weekend is the free open house, which takes place on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Many of the units will be decorated inside and out in vintage decor as the owners celebrate trailers built between 1940 and 1979. All are welcome. Food and live western swing music provided by the Swing Dusters will add to the party atmosphere. Anyone who is not a registered guest should park outside the park and walk into the event. La Veta Pines RV Park is located at 226 W Grand St. in La Veta. For info call 719-742-3252.

Crafting a God’s Eye

WALSENBURG— Beautiful yarns from all over the country will be used to craft a God’s Eye. Friday, Aug. 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Walsenburg Housing Authority Activities Room.  220 Russell Ave.  All supplies and refreshments are free.  Instruction by Sharona Nova.  Call 719-989-8438 to RSVP before Aug. 17. Handicap Accessible. Sponsored by Mt. Rose Health Center and Arts in Society.

Flicks at the Library

WALSENBURG—This Friday, Aug. 19, 1:30 p.m., the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg will start a new monthly program, Flicks @ the Library.  We’ll provide the popcorn and movie and you just BYOB-Bring Your Own Beverage.  This month’s movie is Goonies, a film about young friends who discover an old treasure map that takes them on an adventure to unearth the long lost fortune of One-Eyed Willie.  Join us for some Friday afternoon fun!

Ancient Celtic Music & Its History

WALSENBURG— Join us to hear favorite local musicians Carol Queener and Larry Berg playing ancient Celtic music and sharing its stories and history. This program is free and happens Friday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center Multipurpose Room at Lathrop State Park. Because this program takes place at the Visitor Center, park passes are not required unless you plan to go into the park. Park passes are required on all vehicles entering the park. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

Weekend movie at the FOX

WALSENBURG— The historic Fox Theatre’s weekend movie is “Bullet Train,” starring Brad Pitt, rated R with a run time of two hours six minutes. Five assassins aboard a fast-moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common. Movie Showtimes are: Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Movie Tickets are $7 for Adults $6 for Students and Teachers $5 for Children (age five to twelve) and Seniors.

Hiking Cuerno Verde Trail

WALSENBURG— Join us for a hike on the paved, highly accessible Cuerno Verde Trail around Martin Lake. Trisha Lootens will lead us on this easy 3-mile loop trail with flat terrain, making it an exceptional place to hike with strollers and wheelchairs. Experience excellent views of the Spanish Peaks and the water. The hike is free and happens Saturday, Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. meeting on the patio at the Visitor Center. Water, sunscreen and hat are suggested. Park passes are required on all vehicles entering the park. Or, $4 for pedestrians entering the park without a vehicle. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

Acrylic painting workshop

LA VETA—Coni Grant, distinguished acrylic artist based in Alamosa, is offering an art workshop at SPACe Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for artists who want to learn more about the unexpected advantages of acrylic paints – and push their own work in new directions. Students will work through two projects which teach techniques that can be applied to their own work. The cost is $70. Students provide their own materials, however there is a $5 fee for specialty materials. Easels are available.  For supply list and to register, call SPACe, 719 742-3074 or visit Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., or go online and pay by credit card at spanishpeaksarts.org.

Junior Rangers: Rocks, Water, Air & Life

WALSENBURG— For Junior Rangers (usually ages 4 – 16, but all ages welcome!). Join us to explore how in water and in air life is clearly present. Rocks are more like sand and dirt, and they count too! Geologist/geophysicist Dr. Heloise Lynn will be taking us on a hiking adventure of constant change. You will be observing that nothing in the physical world stays the same; there is always a constant cycling of energy and matter (mass or elements). The program is free and happens Saturday, Aug. 20 at 12 p.m. starting near the Swim Beach playground. We will hike some of the Cuerno Verde Trail along Martin Lake. Be sure to bring a parent(s) or guardian(s). Water, sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Park passes are required on all vehicles entering the park. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Queen with a Bone to Pick

LA VETA – The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Queen with a Bone to Pick, written and performed by La Veta’s very own Sam Law. Come Meet The queen To whom YOU owe SO much … INCLUDING Democracy! Come hear what this feisty woman has to say for herself about her fabulously colorful life and be the judge of her due acclaim. This performance is one night only, Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. All tickets are general admission. Tickets and information are available at www.LaVetaTheaterWeb.org The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is located at 127 W. Francisco St. in La Veta.

Acoustic Guitar with Jaquie Gipson

WALSENBURG— Join us for an evening of acoustic guitar with Jaquie Gipson. Jaquie plays six and twelve string acoustic guitar. Her music incorporates melodic two hand tapping and percussion techniques into more or less traditional fingerstyle playing.  This style is sometimes called “Touche Guitar.” A reviewer had this to say about Jaquie; “She creates a musical place where all are welcome. Jaws will eventually drop as she commands her instrument.”  This program is free and happens Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Amphitheater in Lathrop State Park. Park passes are required on all vehicles entering the park. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

Acoustic Eidolon at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA—Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada. With eleven CDs and a DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature “new acoustic” sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Folk, World & Latin music influences, something that Dirty Lineoped his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously. Join us on Saturday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.  at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main St, La Veta. $18 advance tickets, $20 day of show. https://www.simpletix.com/e/acoustic-eidolon-tickets-102331

Movie on the greens

WALSENBURG—  Join the Fox Theatre at the Walsenburg Golf course on Saturday, Aug. 20 at dusk for this week’s movie on the green, Hell or High Water (R). Toby is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus, a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement.
Admission is free and concessions are available for purchase. Donations accepted to help pay for the nearly $2,000 event. Kids activities start at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30.  Enter Lathrop State Park and follow signs to the golf course. You DO NOT need to pay for a park pass. Access to the golf course is FREE.

Peach pickup reminder

LA VETA— For those who have already placed orders for those delicious, #1 Palisade peaches through La Veta United Methodist Church— this is just a reminder that your order will be ready for pickup on Sunday, Aug. 21,  between 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. See you then!

Rupert Wates at Deerprint in La Veta

LA VETA— Rupert Wates’ music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. Despite Wates’ British background, and underpinning the universality of his music’s appeal, Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange has called him “a prime figure in American music.” He was voted an Artist Of The Year in both 2013 and 2016 by the international house concert network ConcertsInYourHome.com, and for five years running he has been the most booked performer on their database of several hundred artists. Join us Sunday, Aug. 21, 4-6 p.m. at Deerprint Wine Bar in La Veta. $15 advance tickets, $18 day of show. https://www.simpletix.com/e/rupert-wates-tickets-102328

Free bicycle repair clinic

LA VETA— Thursday, Aug. 25, 2-5 p.m., in front of the La Veta Public Library. Get your bike or trike fixed – for free! By the Spanish Peaks Cycling Association. Donations always welcome. Questions, email info@spcycling.org.

Téada at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA— A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo. Join us Thursday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.   at La Veta Mercantile. $20 advance tickets, $23 day of show. https://www.simpletix.com/e/teada-tickets-107072

Call for Artists

LA VETA—The only constant in life is change. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) is looking for artists to enter the upcoming “Changes” Fall show Thursday – Saturday,  Aug. 25, 26, & 27 at the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, between 10 am – 2 pm. Show us how you express change. All media welcome. For all the details visit the SPACe website — spanishpeaksarts.org, or call 719 742-3074.

Expand your painting techniques with Kim Mackey

LA VETA—Let acclaimed Colorado artist, Kim Mackey, help you develop your imagination and expand your painting technique as you focus on the principles of color, design, value and draftsmanship. His workshop at SPACe Gallery is Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a break for lunch. Artists can work in either oils or acrylics, and will be working from still life and photo references. The cost is $75, with students bringing their own materials. Easels are available. A suggested supply list is available at SPACe or on the website. Receive individual instruction as you really learn to “see” what you paint. To register for the workshop, call SPACe, 719 742-3074 or visit Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., or go online and pay by credit card at spanishpeaksarts.org.

SPLD Gardening 101
 
WALSENBURG— Join us Sunday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m.  for our monthly program, Gardening 101.  This month’s topic will be How Have Your Gardens Done This Year?  We’ll discuss successes, failures and how to fix, avoid or expand on those issues.  Weed prevention, insect management and what to do when your veggie garden explodes.  Also, veggies you can plant for a winter garden!

LAS ANIMAS

Kocktails with Kiwanis

TRINIDAD— Please join us for Kiwanis meet up on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Trinidad Smokehouse, 225 W. Main St, Trinidad. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Kocktails with Kiwanis is  hosted by Lt. Governor Carol Chiarito, Jeff Mangino and Jon Mangino

Trinidad Lake master plan meeting

TRINIDAD—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of revising the Trinidad Lake Master Plan (MP) and will be hosting a public meeting to kick-off the effort and begin receiving comments and feedback.
A public meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Pioneer Room of the Sullivan Center, Trinidad State College – 600 Prospect, Trinidad, CO 81082. Themeeting will provide information regarding the revision content and process and a general schedule. A 30-day public comment period will begin Aug. 18, and end Sep. 17 to send comments, suggestions, and concerns during this time. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the MP. Information provided at the open house, including the existing MP, may be viewed on the Albuquerque District website at the following link beginning August 18, 2022: https://www.spa.usace.army.mil/…/Trinidad-Lake/Master-Plan. Comments can be submitted in writing at the scheduled open house; mailed to Kim Falen, Trinidad Lake Manager, 10950 County Rd 18.3 Trinidad, CO 81082-8904; or sent via email to: Trinidad@usace.army.mil

Car & pet wash and bake sale for Holy Trinity Academy

TRINIDAD— Dirty car? Smelly Dog? Come support HTA at Buster Car and Pet Carwash at 404 University St, Trinidad on Friday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will also be lots of delicious treats to buy at the bake sale. All proceeds will towards the Holy Trinity Academy and its students.

Weekly Wormhole mountain bike meetup

TRINIDAD— Join Tarantula Cycles of a weekly Mountain bike meetup this Friday, Aug 19 at 6:30 p.m. and every Friday, weather  permitting. All abilities are welcome to join. We’ll convene around 6:30 p.m. at the Wormhole Trailhead,. Ride at your own pace up or down around Crossbed and then reconvene in the lot to hang out and maybe have a toast afterwords.

Free sports physical clinic

TRINIDAD—No appointments necessary for this clinic, just bring all necessary forms completed and signed to Mt San Rafael Hospital and Clinic, 400 S. Benedicta Ave, Trinidad. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 -22 from 9 a.m. –  2:30 p.m. in Suite E and Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. –  3:30 p.m. at Clinic Suite A . Please call us 719-846-2206 or visit us online at www.msrhc.com for more information.

Friday Night Live at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD—This Friday, Aug. 19 night and every Friday night throughout the summer join us at 8 p.m. for Friday Night Live at Trinidad Lake State Park . Our Park Rangers inform and entertain with everything going on in around the Park.

Fire mitigation presentation

AGUILAR—Potential fire behavior in your area and ways to mitigate it, presented by Paul Minow, retired BLM. Join us on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.at the Spanish Peaks Fire Department, 121 Main St. Aguilar. Paul will talk about areas of concern in your community, including local fuel sources. He will discuss what potential fire behavior would be present and strategies for mitigation with an extensive Q&A session. Sponsored in partnership with AIM/CCO and the Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection (SPAWP).

Trinidad Autism Organization dance

TRINIDAD—Join us at Fort Wooton Veterans Memorial Square in Trinidad for our Annual Autism Organization Dance with music by Cappellucci Brothers. The fun begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Stars on Carpios Ridge, A Star Party
 
TRINIDAD— Carpios Ridge is a great dark sky location.  Join Dr. Robert Philbin, Astronomy & Physics Professor, from Trinidad State Junior College, at the amphitheater for an evening of night sky viewing on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. We’ll look for meteors, planets, and other galactic wonders. This live astronomy program will feature Saturn, the summer constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius and the asterism called Summer Triangle.

Guided hike in Longs Canyon

TRINIDAD—Join Volunteer Park Interpreter, Sydnee Waller on the Longs Canyon Watchable Wildlife Trail. This leisurely hike will explore the wonders of the pinion-juniper woodland and adjoining river riparian ecosystems on Sunday, Aug. 21  8 a.m.  Participants will hike to the KT boundary site and the wildlife blinds nearby.  All ages are welcome, but children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Wear properly fitting hiking shoes. Meet at the Longs Canyon self-serve parking lot to begin this adventure.

Christmas Cantata

TRINIDAD—Finally!  It is time to start rehearsals for our Christmas cantata!  The public is welcome!  Join us Thursday, August 25, 5:30 pm at 200 Broom Street in Trinidad.  Don’t miss out! Be a part of this fun group.

Nostalgic movie night

TRINIDAD—We’re happy to announce the return of Nostalgic Movie Night at the Trinidad Public Library. Our first movie after returning will be; Double Indemnity- A Los Angeles insurance representative lets an alluring housewife seduce him into a scheme of insurance fraud and murder that arouses the suspicion of his colleague, an insurance investigator. Rated PG, run time 1 hr 47 min. Join us Friday evening, Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. downstairs in the Community Room.

Hoehne Farmers 100 year celebration

HOEHNE—Come join us for our 100 year celebration festivities starting Friday, Aug. 26 through Saturday, Aug. 27. Friday at 7 p.m. Hoehne Farmers take on the  Simla Cubs. Saturday, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. will be the Hoehne school tour and luncheon and at 8 p.m. will be the Alumni-sponsored dance at the Trinidad Golf Course. Be sure to purchase your 100 year celebration t-shirt as well for $10.

Trinidaddio Blues Fest

TRINIDAD—Trinidaddio Blues fest is back again for another great year the weekend of Friday, Aug. 26 & Saturday, Aug. 27. Grammy Nominee and multiple award winning artist Sugaray Rayford and Mark Hummel will take the stage during the weekend as well as Cash Box Kings, Zakk Debono & the Broken Circle, Los Albuquerque Blues Connection and many more! Join us at Main and Commercial St, downtown Trinidad for another year of the blues. This event is free to the public.

Paint & Sip with the Art Cottage

TRINIDAD—Join us at Club 14 for a night of fun! You will have step by instruction to complete your very own acrylic painting on canvas while enjoying your favorite drink! Cost per painter is $40 due at time of registration. Cost includes all paint supplies and 1 drink. Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. please call or text 719-859-3123 to register. Club 14 is offering a full menu of drinks and food for additional purchase. Instructed by Darci Mincic from The Art Cottage

Paint in the park

TRINIDAD— Saturday, Aug. 27,  4-6 p.m., Paint in the Park at Fisher’s Peak State Park. Meet in parking area for this amazing painting class at Colorado’s newest state park.. The class fee is $30  and a park pass required. Please contact fishers.peak@state.co.us for more information or to register. The classes will be taught by local artist Dara Cochran.

Grand Opening of the Sensory Garden

TRINIDAD— Join us on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. for a morning of games, painting and gardening at Alta Vista Alternatives, 415 South Indiana Ave, Trinidad. A free lunch will be provided. This event is hosted by ABC Disability Support Group. For more information please visit www.childrens-services-scdds.mailchimpsites.com

COLFAX

Raton High School Class of ‘67 Reunion

RATON— There will be a highschool class reunion picnic for the Class of 1967. The reunion will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 12 p.m. at Legion Field in Raton.

Night Sky Viewing

CAPULIN— Come and enjoy the night sky at Capulin Volcano on Saturday, Aug. 20 & 27 from 8 p.m. –  11 p.m. Join Capulin Rangers as we break out the telescopes and explore the different planets and distant deep space objects viewable only from the park. Follow red lights from the visitor center to the observing area. Bring warm clothes, a face covering/mask and your curiosity for an out of this world experience.

Mountain Magic Wellness Retreat

VERMEJO— There’s nothing quite like the rejuvenation that comes with days immersed in Vermejo’s high mountain forests, soaking in nature and breathing the crisp pine-scented air. This summer, why not take your fitness to the next level with a small group of wellness-minded, executive peers? Spend four days, Wednesday, Aug. 24 – Sunday, Aug. 28, dedicating to move your body, relaxing the mind, and elevating the spirit at 10,200 feet in elevation in the rustic luxury of Costilla lodge. For more information and to register please visit www.tedturnerreserves.com