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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

Huerfano County Communications  Coalition meeting

WALSENBURG—Join the Huerfano County Communications Coalition at the Huerfano County, Community Center in Walsenburg this Thursday, Aug. 25 at 12 p.m. Lunch will be provided. If you don’t know what the Coalition is or what it represents, please call Elisa at 719-738-2152 for further information.
Or join us on ZOOM, Meeting ID: 833 8797 8876, Passcode: 911887

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.

Help build the bridges

WALSENBURG—Free taco buffet at the Walsenburg Golf Course on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. The Puentes project is bringing people together for a greater sense of community. We will be joined by a gifted moderator, Adrian Molina and entertained by Tom Munch. The Puentes (Bridges) project is a collaborative effort with the major stakeholders being the local libraries, the Huajatolla Heritage Foundation and Denver non-profit, Warm Cookies. You must RSVP, please text Sandy Dolak at 719-251-1271 to save your space.

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.

Fundraiser rummage sale

LA VETA—St. Ann’s Guild will host a fundraiser rummage sale on Friday, Aug. 26 & Saturday, Aug. 27th from 8 a.m. –  2 p.m. at the Christ the King Parish Hall in La Veta, CO.  Proceeds will assist the Kimbrel family.  Your support is greatly appreciated!  For more information, contact Jane Jacquart 719-469-2713 or Jeanne Keffeler 719-989-1393

Huerfano Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Sale

HUERFANO—Huerfano Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is having an end of summer sale, in the Gift shop at SPRHC, Friday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come out and see our Christmas ornaments and various other items.

Exquisitely Polished Metal Fish Sculpture

WALSENBURG—Artists Roger and Catherine Fowler know that there is something magical about the appearance of a fish, with the fascinating combination of complex colors appearing as if they are illuminated from within when seen in direct sunlight. They had a goal to create metal fish sculptures that looked as if they were alive, and they succeeded. Join us Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Amphitheater at Lathrop State Park for a talk by Catherine Fowler on the process of creating their exquisite metal sculptures. This program is free. 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.

Live music at Miners Plaza

WALSENBURG— Join us downtown Walsenburg for a night of dancing with a live performance by Last Call Romance. Victory rolls, wing tips, and swing dancing highly encouraged. The fun begins on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at Miner’s Plaza, 6th and Main Walsenburg.

Shawn Brown at Deerprint

LA VETA—Shawn Brown, master of the Hammond B3 and Most Soulful Vocalist this side of the Mississippi, learned music while playing Gospel with his family. Shawn’s latest album, Best Blues Money Can Buy, is a mix of Gospel, jazz, and blues. As a cancer survivor, Shawn is constantly doing fundraisers through the Shawn Brown Foundation for families that are stricken financially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually from this horrific disease. Proceeds provide assistance in multiple ways to help the families combat the devastation that comes from not only fighting cancer, but for those left behind. Join us at Deerprint Wine Bar,  Friday, Aug. 26, 6 – 8 p.m. There is no cover for this show.

Weekend movie at the FOX

WALSENBURG— The historic Fox Theatre’s weekend movie is “Emily The Criminal,” rated R with a run time of 1h 35m. 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.

Hike the Hogback Trail

WALSENBURG— Join Trisha Lootens to hike the Hogback Trail at Lathrop State Park. Experience gorgeous views of the Spanish Peaks, the San Juan Mountains and Martin and Horseshoe Lakes. This 3.5 mile hike includes a combination of flats and a moderate climb to the crest of the Hogback, one of many basaltic dikes formed around the same time as the Sangre de Cristo uplift; the event that pushed up the Sangre de Cristo mountains 27 million years ago. The hike is free and happens Saturday, Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Amphitheater. Water, sunscreen and hat are suggested. 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.

Spanish Peaks community wildfire mitigation meeting

CUCHARA—Collaborative Efforts in the Community to Address Wildfire Risk. Come learn about the ongoing mitigation efforts underway by federal, state, and local government agencies, local fire departments, and regional non-profits. Short presentations by the speakers will be followed by a questions and answers session, as well as time to interact with representatives of the partners in mitigation. We want to hear from you!
Saturday, Aug. 27,  10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Cuchara Community Center, 16500 State Hwy 12 in Cuchara Village
Zoom Link: bit.ly/SPAWP_Aug27     Passcode: 380971

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.

Jr. Rangers: Paint your own nature art

WALSENBURG— Junior Rangers aged 2 – 9 years old. Come learn why leaves have veins, just as humans and animals do. Then, paint your own nature art with leaves, sticks, pebbles, feathers and evergreen “brushes.” This program is free and happens Saturday, Aug. 27 at 12 p.m. Meet near the Swim Beach Playground at Lathrop State Park. Be sure to bring a parent or guardian, and wear clothing that is painting-friendly. 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.

A Chinese medicine take on great food for each season

WALSENBURG—  Join us Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater at Lathrop State Park to explore why watermelon and other great foods seem to call to us depending on the season of the year. Debby Shapiro, Lic. Ac., holds a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine. She currently practices acupuncture and Chinese herbology in Lakewood and La Veta. She started her medical career as a nurse. Debby will share a Chinese Medicine take on great food for each season. This program is free. 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.

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!

Ken Saydak with Tad Robinson at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA—You saw them here at the La Veta Mercantile in 2018 as part of Delmark Records’ Rockwell Avenue Blues Band and they are returning on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. Now Tad Robinson, harmonica and vocals, and Ken Saydak, piano and vocals, will bring some of that Chicago fire back in a special duo performance. Following their appearance at the Trinidaddio Blues Festival the night before, they’ll appear on Sunday, August 28 in a 6:00 show that will reunite these lifelong friends and collaborators performing their own unique songs alongside some classic Chicago blues. Rare opportunity to hear world-class soul/blues in a cabaret setting$20 advance tickets, $23 day of show

https://www.simpletix.com/e/ken-saydak-and-tad-robinson-tickets-102588 .

Meet Da Vinci Xi

WALSENBURG—Join us for an open house on Monday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. to celebrate the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, the latest advancement in robotic surgery. Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments while participating in demo day robotic simulations at Spanish Peaks Hospital 23500 Hwy 160, Walsenburg. Meet our surgical expert, Dr. Sandeep Vijan, who has completed nearly 700 surgeries with the da Vinci. He and his surgical team will be on hand to answer questions and speak on the benefits.

Craft fair

WALSENBURG—Huerfano Nursery and Garden is hosting a craft fair Labor Day weekend, Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place at 704 Walsen Ave in the Nursery and Garden’s arbor, and will feature more than a dozen local artisans. There will be home decor, yard art, gifts, jewelry and more!

First Friday Art Walk

LA VETA — Meet us in the La Veta Creative District on Friday, September 2, from 5 – 7 p.m. for the First Friday Art Walk! Explore shops and galleries; meet local, national, and international artists; and dine at breweries and restaurants! All activities associated with the First Friday Art Walk are free! For more information, contact Kate McCabe at 303.746.8323 or info@lavetacreativedistrict.org. This event is sponsored by the La Veta Creative District, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), the Town of La Veta, and the Huerfano County Government.

El Fandango at Lathrop State Park

WALSENBURG—Walsenburg’s own El Fandango Dancers will be performing at Lathrop State Park on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater.

Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1187 meeting change

WALSENBURG— The Walsenburg FOE 1187 Auxiliary has changed their September meeting dates due to the holiday weekend on Sept. 2. Meetings are now scheduled for Sept. 9 and Sept. 23. The group welcomes new members.  To learn more, please contact the secretary, Deb Montoya at debymontoya@yahoo.com.

Virginia Sanchez (and more) returning to Huerfano County

WALSENBURG—“The other 4-H: Huerfano Honors Hispano Heritage” hosted by Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is pleased to have Ms. Sanchez, noted historian and author, at the Walsenburg Community Center Saturday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. to again share her in depth research and understanding of early Hispano history in Huerfano County. Norberto Valdez, PhD, retired Ethnic Studies professors will also present “Mi Querencia: The Importance of Regional Identity and History From 3 – 5 p.m., Michael Rael, from Questa New Mexico will entertain with traditional music of the Southwest for listening and dancing. That will be at the Miners Plaza at 6th and Main in Walsenburg. The day will culminate from 5 to 7 p.m. with the Museum of Friends, 600 S. Main in Walsenburg inviting the community to an opening of the inaugural event of photos of Early Families of Huerfano County. All events are free, and everyone is invited.

Remembrance of the 21st year passing of the 911 attacks at MoF

WALSENBURG—It is with great pleasure that the Museum of Friends will feature the works of two unique artists in remembrance of the 21st year passing of the 911 attacks. These exhibits open simultaneously in two ground floor galleries side by side on Saturday September 3rd and run through December 30th, 2022. Please join us for the opening celebration Saturday, Sept. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. to meet artist Dawn Siebel. On Saturday September 17th at 1 pm please join us for a public program scheduled with our local first responders, firemen and American Legion to commemorate the events of 911. All events are being held at 600 Main Street in Walsenburg.

First Annual Fish Fry

LA VETA— Come one, come all to the 1st Annual Fish Fry sponsored by the La Veta Village Ladies Auxiliary and scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco, La Veta, CO. $10 per plate for adults; $5 per plate for children 5 years and under. Cat fish and all the fixin’s will be served. Music by Carol Dunn, friends, and Michael Steward. It will be a grand time for all.

Grandote Golf Club grand opening

LA VETA—Saturday, Sept. 3 from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. at  The Peaks Steakhouse. Join us for free food, drinks, music and dancing. Come see the newly renovated club house and meet the staff. Grandote Golf Club is located at 5540 CO-12 in La Veta.

Movie on the greens

WALSENBURG—  Join the Fox Theatre at the Walsenburg Golf course on Saturday, Sept. 3 at dusk for this week’s movie on the green Cool Hand Luke (PG). When petty criminal Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn’t play by the rules of either the sadistic warden (Strother Martin) or the yard’s resident heavy, Dragline (George Kennedy), who ends up admiring the new guy’s unbreakable will. Luke’s bravado, even in the face of repeated stints in the prison’s dreaded solitary confinement cell, “the box,” make him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts and a thorn in the side of the prison officers.
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.

Peakview coat drive

WALSENBURG—This year has been really tight for a lot of families. With winter around the corner, the Chuck Agency of Farmers Insurance is conducting a winter coat drive for the kids at Peakview School. The children range in ages of 3-12 years old. Please bring all gently used winter coats you may have; and they must be clean. Donations will be accepted Sept. 12 through Oct. 12, at the Chucka Agency, located at 622 S Albert St, Monday-Wednesday 10 am to 3 pm. If you have any questions, please call the Chucka Agency at 719-738-9955.

LAS ANIMAS
Christmas Cantata

TRINIDAD—Finally!  It is time to start rehearsals for our Christmas cantata!  The public is welcome!  Join us Thursday, Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m. 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 Thursday evening, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. downstairs in the Community Room.

Goat head picking at the park

TRINIDAD— Join us on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. for a little puncturevine pickup and pizza! We will meet at the dog park on Linden at 6 p.m., cleanup in and around the doggo zone, and celebrate with a free slice at Sexy Pizza afterwords. We have bags and tools (thanks to Jenn) but please bring your own gloves! Any additional tools you can bring are welcome. Discussion on best tools for the job highly encouraged. Let’s get the dog park feeling good for those little paws! Before the seeds dry up and really get pesky.

Hands-on History fall kickoff

TRINIDAD—Hands-History fall kickoff will be held on Friday, Aug. 26 from 13 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Trinidad History Museum on the Historic Santa Fe Trail. Come join the fun and learn a bit about the history in our area as we begin to welcome the changing seasons.

Weekly Wormhole mountain bike meetup

TRINIDAD— Join Tarantula Cycles for a weekly Mountain bike meetup this Friday, Aug. 26 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.

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.

Friday Night Live at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD—This Friday, Aug. 26 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.

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.

Book signing event

AGUILAR— APL proudly announce a Summer book and signing event on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 12:30 p.m. with local author MaryJo Dawson. To date, MaryJo has released eight books in the Sally Nimitz Mystery series. Readers of cozy amateur sleuth whodunits will love these stories. Aguilar Public Library, located at 146 W Main St, Aguilar.

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.

Geology of the Spanish Peaks Region

TRINIDAD— Saturday, Aug.  27 at   8 p.m. join us in welcoming Steve Kaverman, a certified interpretive guide and Founder of Tourism Champion as he offers insights into the region’s geology, its incredible ancient history, how it is changing today, and what it may be like in the future. Come learn about the seas, volcanos, erosion and asteroids that helped shape today’s scenery at Trinidad Lake State Park at the Amphitheater.

What happened to the dinosaurs?

TRINIDAD— Sunday, Aug. 28, 9  a.m. Steve Kaverman, a certified interpretive guide and Founder of Tourism Champion will lead a walk along the Longs Canyon Trail to a fascinating site. There, you can see evidence of a cataclysmic event 65 million years ago that scientists tell us led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Along this easy, level trail, you can also learn about plants and animals that are part of Trinidad Lake State Park today. Meet at the Longs Canyon Wildlife Area self-serve Parking lot.

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.

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.  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.

Caveman Music Festival

WESTON—Join us Labor Day weekend at Monument Lake Resort in Weston for the best Americana music in the most beautiful place on earth. Three days of music starting on Friday, Sept. 2 lasting all weekend until Sunday Sept. 4. Musical performers include; Zach Bryan, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Grace Potter, Lucero, and many more. Three days of music, 20 + artists, hiking, fishing, kayaking and tons of fun. For more information and to get tickets please visit  www.cavemanmusicfestival.com

112th Annual Labor Day Rodeo

LAS ANIMAS— Join us for a weekend of fun at the 112th Annual Rodeo Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 3 – Monday, Sept. 5 at the Las Animas County Fair Grounds. On Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Phil Lonh Toyota parking lot there will be a block party and dance with The Classic Country Band playing. Sunday, Sept. 4 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. will be ‘Touch a truck’ fundraiser at LAC Fairgrounds. Monday, Sept. 9 a.m. will be the “Let It Ride” parade downtown Trinidad. For more information please visit www.trinidadroundup.homestead.com

COLFAX

Night sky viewing

CAPULIN— Come and enjoy the night sky at Capulin Volcano on Saturday, Aug.  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

Dawson Cemetery- A Lasting Memorial

RATON—The Raton Museum presents Dawson Cemetery- A  Lasting Memorial, honoring those who lived, were loved and lost in mining tragedies in 1913 and 1923. On Saturday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. Author Nick Pappas, retired journalist will discuss his new book Crosses of Iron. There will be a reception from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with “Ghost Town” a documentary film by Emily Fraser showing as well at Raton Theater and photo exhibit by robert Sloan. The Raton Museum is located at 108 S 2nd St in Raton.

Short film showcase

RATON— Join us on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. at El Raton Theater for a celebration of not only Raton and Ratonian teen and adult film makers. To celebrate with the folks in town for the Dawson reunion who will have the opportunity – along with the rest of us – to see “Ghost Town” up on the big screen! There will be other films showing during the Inaugural Short Film Showcase. There are 338 seats in the El Raton Theater, lets fill them all.