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Upcoming Events for July 7, 2022

HUERFANO

First time home buyers class

WALSENBURG—Why rent, when you can buy? Join us on Thursday, July 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library District, 415 Walsen ave, Walsenburg. Classes are free and all materials are provided at no charge. Code of the West will provide lunch, all attendees are welcome whether they are working with a COTW agent, an outside agency or none at all. For more information and to register please visit www.nwsoco.org.

Cuchara Hermosa Orphan Art Show

CUCHARA— Join us at the Cuchara Community Center Thursday, July 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for a resale art show stocked with previous artwork that owners in Cuchara no longer need!

Huerfano County Historical Society meeting today at 4

HUERFANO—The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be held on Thursday, July 7 at 4 p.m. at the Huerfano Heritage Center, 114 W. 6th.  The meeting is open to the public and all persons interested in our history are encouraged to attend.

The beat goes on with cardio drumming

CUCHARA—Join us on Friday, July 8 at 10 a.m. for a full body workout that will leave you smiling, sweating and feeling great. What is cardio drumming?  It brings together drumsticks, an exercise ball and a 17 gallon bucket or basket to create one of the most fun workouts you’ll ever do. Don’t forget the funky music too!all you need is comfortable clothing and water for this fun workout at the Cuchara Community Center.

Friday Art STEAM Lab ceramics

WALSENBURG—Friday Art STEAM Lab is happening at MoF this Friday from 1 to 3 pm and continues every Friday through the week before Thanksgiving. The program is based on the current exhibit of geometric paintings, sculptures and soft sculpture yarn pieces, Patterns and Spaces by Liz Whitney Quisgard.  For weeks the children worked with yarn on soft sculptures.  Last Friday, Melony Barton ceramics instructor began a new project with clay that continues this week July 1st beginning at 1 pm.  No materials are necessary, MoF will provide all and donations are greatly accepted.  We encourage children ages 6 to 12 to join us.  Please call 719-738-2858 or visit www.museumoffriends.org for more information.

Fisheries at Lathrop State Park

WALSENBURG— If you’re interested in what swims with fins, join Aquatic Biologist Carrie Tucker to learn about the fisheries at Lathrop State Park. On Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater, Carrie will be sharing information on species compositions in Martin and Horseshoe Lakes, as well as water level fluctuations and temperatures. As a bonus, Carrie will be sharing on the success of walleye spawn at Pueblo Reservoir that supplies other Colorado waters with young walleye, such as those here at Lathrop. This program is free. Park passes are required on all vehicles in 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.

Walsenburg Women’s Auxiliary 1187 meeting dates changed

WALSENBURG — There is no meeting scheduled for the Walsenburg Women’s Auxiliary 1187 on the first and fifteenth of July 2022.  They’ve been changed to the 8th and the 22nd of July. We hope to see you there!

Fridays for fun at LVSA

LA VETA— All children from 6- 13 are invited to participate in La Veta School of the Arts’ summer art program.  Friday, July 8,  Sharona Nova-Whitley will teach the basics of handling and molding polymer clay, and the basics of using polymer clay tools.  By the end of class, everyone will have a polymer clay piece to keep and take home.  For more information or to register, call 719-742-3421 or e-mail <lvartschool@yahoo.com>.  Early registration reduces the price to $10 from $15 at the door.

18th Annual Mud Fest

LA VETA—Let’s get dirty at this years annual Mud Fest held at the Huerfano County Fairgrounds in La Veta. The fun begins on Saturday, July 9 at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $50 per class. Spectator admission for adults is $10, kids 5-13 is $5 and under 5 is free! Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. For more information please call Jerry at 719-989-7257

Forest bathing

LA VETA— Forest Bathing, Saturday July 9, 8:30 p.m.-12:20 p.m. with Ruth Heal and Bob Kennemer. Meet at the studio, 200 S. Main Street, La Veta. The cost is $20. Come and spend a morning fully embraced in nature. Allow yourself to be nourished, supported and restored. Learn to notice all that is going on around you, as we wander and sit observing ourselves and nature.You should be able to walk 1-2 miles over moderate terrain. Wear hiking boots/trail shoes. Please bring water, snacks, rainwear, hat, sunscreen and, if desired, a sitting pad.To reserve your spot sign up at www.lavetayoga.com or call or text Ruth for more information at (415) 233 2632.

Junior Rangers: Grow a Caterpillar

WALSENBURG—Youth, come Grow a Caterpillar at Lathrop State Park this Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m. at the Martin Lake Swim Beach. This Junior Rangers program will be led by La Veta Children’s Librarian Stephanie Masinton. A butterfly activity and learning about insects and their habitats and what we can do to provide space for them will be explored. This program is free to attend. Park passes are required on all vehicles in 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.

Expressive life drawing at LVSA

LA VETA— The La Veta School of the Arts(LVSA) is honored to host artist Sheigla Hartman on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday July 10, where she will teach Expressive Life Drawing. This class features a live model for two days of exercises designed to unleash each participant’s free expression of the human figure. No experience is necessary.  A supply list will be sent upon registration.  Cost is $150, plus $40 that pays for the model. All classes take place at LVSA across from Town Park on Ryus Ave. in La Veta. For more information and to register, please visit www.the LVSA.org or call class administrator Lana Thomas at 719-746-2252.

Biking, vehicle & pedestrian safety

WALSENBURG—Have you ever ridden in a seat belt convincer? Join us Saturday, July 9 at 12 p.m. at the Martin Beach Overflow Parking near Los Alamos Picnic Area  to adventure with State Trooper Martin Valdez. Trooper Valdez will be sharing about pedestrian and bicycle safety, as well as offering rides on the seat belt convincer, an experience that helps us naturally integrate why it is important to wear safety belts in our vehicles. This program is free for all ages, and Junior Rangers can earn their Junior Ranger badge by attending. Park passes are required on all vehicles in 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.

Outdoor Movie: Selena

WALSENBURG— Selena (PG) In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla (Jennifer Lopez) is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham (Edward James Olmos), realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues.
Saturday, July 9, 7 p.m. at the Walsenburg Golf Course, 1399 County Road 502 Walsenburg. The movie is hosted by our historic Fox Theatre Walsenburg at the Walsenburg Golf Course. You access the golf course via Lathrop State Park entrance but no park pass is required. Stay to the right and follow the signs to the golf course. Or take Second Street out from Walsenburg and follow the dirt road to the clubhouse. Admission is FREE! Please call (719) 738-2730 for questions.

hONEyhoUSe at La Veta Merc

LA VETA— hONEyhoUSe is a unique acoustic trio combining the talents of three very diverse and seasoned artists into one unexpected powerhouse force playing at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main St, La Veta on Saturday, July 9, 7 p.m. . Consisting of award-winning R&B/Gospel soulstress Hillary Smith, earthy Blues/Folk singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea, and sweet-voiced Mandy Buchanan, “hONEyhoUSe” seamlessly melds the lines of musical genres with their original creations embracing blues, soul, folk and Americana into one sweet Honeyhouse of music. Three very different voices with one path…hONEyhoUSe.  “These women will blow you away.” — Don Richmond
$18 advance tickets, $20 day of show. Tickets available at   https://www.simpletix.com/e/honeyhouse-tickets-102320

Star Gazing & Astronomy Slide Show

WALSENBURG—Star gazing in Huerfano County is glorious. If you love what lies above, join Walter Russell of the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society for an-hour long slideshow with telescope viewing to follow. If skies are cloudy, come out for the slideshow and Q&A. This program is free and takes place Saturday, July 9 at 8:30 p.m. at the amphitheater in Lathrop State Park. Park passes are required on all vehicles in 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.

Wild berry season! Wild flowers, herbs, and more with Bob Kennemer Part 3

CUCHARA— Sunday, July 10 from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Local naturalist and environmental interpreter, Bob Kennemer, will focus on berries along with edible, medicinal, dangerous, and useful wild plants found in the Spanish Peaks region. Native people, the early Spanish and European settlers all relied on wild plants as part of their day to day survival. This area is home to some of the most widely used edible and medicinal plants but also to some of the most deadly poisonous plants. Learn the dos and don’ts of harvesting wild plants along with a strong emphasis on safety and the environmental ethics of foraging. You WILL learn a lot and have loads of fun! $20.00/person. To register and for more information send an email to: bobkennemer@gmail.com

Mike Blakely at Deerprint

LA VETA—As a singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely has released 13 albums, performed all over the U.S. and has made 16 tours to Europe and will be playing for us  at Deerprint Wine Bar in La Veta, Sunday, July 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, John Arthur Martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Jon Chandler, Bill Barwick and others.
$18 advance tickets, $20 day of show https://www.simpletix.com/e/mike-blakely-tickets-102524

Annual youth art workshop

LA VETA— Young people- Explore the cultures and art of distant lands from all over the world during the Youth Art Workshops July 11-15.  Ages 8-12 will meet 9 a.m. – Noon and ages 13-16 will meet 1 – 4 p.m.  Accomplished artist and teacher Becky Myers will guide young people to use their imaginations as they will be hand-building clay masks inspired from Mexico and Africa as well as creating stamped and painted designs on cloth. The low fee of $35 covers all materials. Fee waivers are available. Sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, the workshop will be located at 225 S. Main.  Register early as space is limited. Call 719 742-3074 for information.  Registration forms are available at the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta or on the SPACe website, spanishpeaksarts.org.

Republican Central Committee

HUERFANO—Huerfano County Republican Central Committee meets Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. at 521 Main Street, Walsenburg.  Please come early for a meet and greet at 5:30pm.

Raising your parents

HUERFANO—Wednesday, July 13, 11 a.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library Community Room 2 will be this months presentation, Raising Your Parents. It’s called the “Sandwich Generation” for people who still are coping with raising their children or paying for college, but also now have an aging parent who needs them. Raising your parents” will provide coping skills and information on how to better handle being caught in the middle. Presented by Elisa Ingoldby CSA sponsored by Boies-Ortega Funeral Home.

Huerfano County Democrat meeting -NEW DATE

HUERFANO—Because of several factors the Huerfano Democrats monthly meeting is going to be held on Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. instead of this coming Wednesday. Our meetings are held at the Walsenburg Housing Authority meeting room at 220 Russell Ave. in Walsenburg.

Fox rocks the block

WALSENBURG—Fox Theatre presents, The Catcalls, even Riot Grrrls get the blues. Join us on Friday, July 15 at Heritage park in Walsenburg for a fun evening of music and fun. Kid activities starts at 6 p.m. and music follows at 7 p.m.

Cuchara Valley Archery Shoot

CUHARA—Join us for a family friendly 3D Archery shoot at the Cuchara Mountain Saturday, July 16 at the Cuchara Mountain Park. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m. $30 for Adults, $20 for 18 and under, 10 and under is free. There will be 30 targets set up throughout the park and forest. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be on site to show beginner archery skills to those interested to learn. Door prizes will be given away and also a novelty shoot on site for a Prime Inline Bow. For more information visit www.cucharavalleyarchery.com.

Writing Your Life

WALSENBURG—An exciting event will be on Friday, July 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the beautiful Lathrop State Park Conference room in Walsenburg. You have an opportunity to be guided by the expertise of two History Colorado staff, Mike Erickson and Cat Jensen and their skill in guiding writing workshops. They will offer tools to assist you in your desire to be a better writer regardless of your age. Everyone has a story wanting to be told; knowing how to get it into writing is the goal of this workshop. The Writing Your Life  event embraces the concept of the Puentes (Bridges) project that strives to connect us all through our shared rich history. The fee is only $20 (with a few scholarships available). This will include an onsite lunch with a very special activity of sharing. Space is limited. Please text Sandy Dolak at 719-251-1271 to reserve your space.

Summer Garden Party at Aly’s Restaurant

LA VETA—Join us for a fundraiser Summer Garden Party with the Friends of the La Veta Library on Sunday, July 17 from 1 – 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, please purchase in advance at the Book Nook. Wear your favorite hat! If you have any questions please contact Kelly at (719) 964-1828.

Candidate Meet And Greet

HUERFANO—Friday, July 22 from 5 – 8 p.m. please join us as we host an evening to meet the candidates in the upcoming 2022 election. This is a non-partisan event open to all candidates listed on the 2022 Colorado ballot. Live music by The American Band and Apache Creek Fiddlers plus food trucks too! This event is sponsored by Huerfano County Farm Bureau and will be broadcast on KSPK.

Peaches, peaches and more peaches

HUERFANO—There is still time to order your supply of delicious, #1 Palisade peaches through La Veta United Methodist Church. We are currently receiving orders and your order will be ready for pickup on
Sunday, August 21, 2022 between 11:00am-2:00pm. Order forms are available throughout town—including blank forms at the door of La Veta United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Virginia. When filling out your form, please make sure to include your name, phone and email address so we may send you a reminder for pickup. All orders must be accompanied by cash or check. Should you have any questions, visit our website at www.lavetaumc.org.

LAS ANIMAS  
Please be advised that the Tourism Trolley will NOT be running on Sundays. Most of the stops it usually makes on the tour are closed on that day, and because of gas prices, it doesn’t make it feasible. Thank you for helping get the word out!

Mountaineers outdoor adventure

WESTON— The Mountaineers is an outdoor adventure program for youth that offers fun and creative hands-on skill building activities to keep kid’s minds, bodies and spirit inspired and stimulated. Kids ages 5-8 can join us on Fridays 10 a.m. and kids 9-14 can join us on Saturdays 10 a.m. Program materials fee is $10 per child and will be required for each field day. Please email us at earthmountainfarm@gmail.com ro call 719-680-0215 to register.

Network Council meeting- in person

TRINIDAD—With the goal of bringing together a broad range of collaborative partners to network about upcoming community events and activities we host the Network Council Meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month from 8 – 9 a.m. The location of the Network Council meeting is in the Community Room of the First National Bank Galleria Building. This coming Thursday July 7, each attendee will have an opportunity to give a brief recap of their upcoming events or activities.  The desired outcome of this exchange will be to encourage mutual support of one another’s events and activities as well as to look for opportunities to collaborate and reduce expenses, share workload, and to generate excitement and broader community exposure.

Mt Carmel Festival

TRINIDAD—Join Mt Carmel Wellness and Community Center for their annual festival on Friday, July 8 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. with bingo at 5:30 p.m. and live music by Captain Reed. Saturday, July 9 from 3 p.m.-10 p.m. with live music from Dynamix and at Sunday-July 10 for a pasta dinner from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. For more  information please visit www.mtcarmelcenter.org

Friday Night Live

TRINIDAD—Join us this Friday July 8 and every Friday at 8 p.m. for Ranger talk at the Amphitheater at Trinidad Lake State Park.

Trail work Saturdays

TRINIDAD— Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. is  “Trail Work Saturdays” with Trinidad Trails Alliance working on the Wormhole Loop. Join Trinidad Trails Alliance to help maintain and expand our favorite local trails at the Wormhole! We’re meeting every Second Saturday at 9 a.m. throughout the summer. If you have a favorite tool, bring it along. We will also supply additional tools.  Bring your own water, sunscreen, and work gloves. For questions and more info, contact (719) 859-0379.

Art Carnage – it’s gonna be a smash!

TRINIDAD—Ever get the urge to just be a kid and break stuff while playing with your toys? Well, here’s your chance on Saturday, July 9 at 9 a.m. Join us at the Art Cartopia Museum where kids of all ages will make artfully embellished RC art cars at home then bring them in and every one can smash in to each other. For more information please email alma@artocade.com or stop in to the museum at  2702 Freedom Road, Trinidad, CO.

Home buyer seminar

TRINIDAD—Join us for a home buying seminar on Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. During the seminar we’ll go over different types of loans, buying vs. renting, how to qualify for a loan and 1st time home buyer programs. The seminar will be held at Keller Williams, 133 Commercial St. in Trinidad and sponsored by American Pacific Mortgage.

Lincoln Day dinner

LAS ANIMAS—Saturday, July 9, 4:30 p.m. is the Las Animas County Lincoln Day Dinner held at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds. Dinner, music, meet the candidates and a silent auction. For more information and tickets please contact H.L. Bowman 720-429-0376.

Spaghetti dinner

TRINIDAD—Join Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center for their fundraising spaghetti dinner on Sunday, July 10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Emily’s Cafe in Mt Carmel. Adult plates are $13 and Children plates are $10. For tickets please cal 719-845-4894 or stop by the admin building at 911 Robinson Ave, Trinidad

Diabetes education day

TRINIDAD—Tuesday, July 12 from 1-5  p.m, 1-Day Diabetes Education, Champions Center, 125 N. Commercial St., presented by Dr. Ivory Raye from by Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center. Hybrid class, lunch and materials provided, register in advance call 719-845-4894, this event is free to attend.

Summer reading program ‘22 “Read Beyond the Broken Path”

AGUILAR—A fun filled summer reading program presented by the Aguilar Public Library. Three fun filled days!
Thursday, July 14 at 11 a.m. is craft day at the library! We will be  making dream catchers and teepees and lunch will be provided by Ringos. The first 12 participants will receive a backpack filled all sorts of goodies including a book and some school supplies.
Friday, July 15 from 3 – 4 p.m. join us for a foam party at the football field. Water and snacks will be provided but please do bring sunscreen.
Saturday, July 16 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Levi and Kimberly Montoya present “The Culture: The Music, Dance and History of the Native American People. Lunch will be offered, hot dogs, chips, cookies and lemonade. Kids eat free, adult lunches are $5.
For  question please call 71-941-4426 or email, aguilartownlibrary@gmail.com.

Second Saturdays – Open Mic for all Literary Souls

TRINIDAD—The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is pleased to announce its fourth event for 2022; the Second Saturday Series will continue on  Saturday, July 9 at 7 p.m. An Open Mic for poets and all literary souls, the Series is hosted by the Creative District on the Second Saturday of the month at the A.R Mitchell Museum, 150 E Main St. The evening begins at 7 pm with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. This event is free and open to the public. Our featured poet is PW Covington, of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Coffee at Champions

TRINIDAD—A place for veterans to enjoy a cup of coffee and make connections within the community. Join us this Wednesday, July 13 and every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at Champions Center, 127 N Commercial St, Trinidad. For more information please call 719-845-4894

Trinidad Art festival

TRINIDAD— Join us for the new Trinidad Art Fest at Sister Blandina’s Park in Trinidad on Sunday, July 17. Trinidad, Colorado is home to artists, creators, makers, and an ever-growing community of people whose work is vitally important to share. For this reason, Trinidad Art Fest was born.  With an event date of 2022, we are raising funds to help facilitate this event.  Artists from across the country, across the state, and across the city will be invited to participate and support the new wave of art culture in Trinidad.

Mt. Carmel Youth Choir Music Camp

TRINIDAD— Join Mt Carmel in this summers youth choir music camp. Camp will be held from Monday, July 11 – Monday, August 5 from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mon-Thur. The youth choir music camp is for ages 8-12 for more information and to register please call 719-845-4894 or visit our web page www.wmtcarmelcenter.org Camp will be held at Mt Carmel Wellness and Community Center in the Garden Room.

COLFAX

3 on 3 Basketball

RATON—Join us at Raton High School for the 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday July 10. There are both open Men and Women divisions with teams of 4 or 5, $100 per team, Please contact Gabby Sanchez at 505-617-2587 or Ted Kamp at 575-447-4381 for more information or to register.

No Road Blocks car and truck show

SPRINGER—Mark your calendar and come join the fun for the Springer No Road Blocks car and truck show in Saturday, July 9 beginning at 9 a.m. There will be live music, watermelon eating contest, tattoo contest, pinup contest, carnival, 50/50 raffle, corn hole tournament and a beer garden! To pre-register please email Erika.Baca@yahoo.com

Moonlight hike

CAPULIN—Take a ranger guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full or nearly full moon on Saturday, July 9 at 8:30 p.m. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience the top of Capulin Volcano in a new light! Wear warm clothing and layers as the weather may be chilly. Meet at the visitor center before heading up the volcano. Reservations are required; call 575-278-2201 with the number of people attending to reserve a spot!

Steel and Wheels- complimentary Via Ferrata & E-bike tours

RATON—We want you tobe among the first to take part in our debut experiences. Book your visit to Vermejo between Sunday, July 10th and September 5th to enjoy a complimentary guided Via Ferrata climb and E-bike tour.
Via Ferrata, which is Italian for “iron way” is a system of metal ladders and cables developed in WWI to move troops through the Alps. Today, it has become a dun and popular pastime world wide. With balance-beam walks, a swinging bridge crossing, and a rock prow traverse that puts you 30 feet off the ground, our course is an approachable and thrilling introduction to this elevated activity.
Imagine riding with the wind constantly at your back. Relaxing isn’t ? Alongside our fleet of mountain and gravel bikes you can now experience the thrill of e-mountain bikes. With a motor built into the frame, these pedal-assist bicycles provide extra power to make those hills easier and to keep your ride smoother.
connect with nature during our newest activities and discover a new view. For more details or to book the complimentary tour, please call 575-445-3097

Miss Run to Raton pin up contest

RATON—The Miss Run to Raton pin up contest is aiming to be New Mexico’s premiere pin up event. Miss Run to Raton will epitomize mid-century glamor, class, and sass. We are looking for lovely ladies who have a bombshell attitude and a classic look to be our 2022 Miss Run to Raton! Join us on  Saturday, July 23 at 1 p.m. on South First Street, Raton. $10 to enter. Please come to the sign in booth anytime before 12:30 on Saturday, July 23. Please bring money with you when you sign in the day of the competition. Early entries will be guaranteed a spot in the competition. We will cap our pageant at 15 beauties.