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Celebrate American Independence at Bent’s Fort

LA JUNTA — The public is invited to join the inhabitants of Bent’s Old Fort on Monday, July 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to celebrate American Independence during the 2022 Old-Fashioned 4th Celebration. The holiday will be commemorated at the fort in “1840s-style” with a parade, orations and games.  Some of the cross-cultural nature of the fort will be shown with a piñata break.  A replica flag that has flown over the fort will also be given away. The park’s fee of $10 per person aged 16 and up will apply. Kids 15 and under are free.   All National Park Passes are honored.  Fees will be collected at the fort entrance.  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site is located on Colorado Highway 194, eight miles east of La Junta or 15 miles west of Las Animas.   For more information, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/beol and click on “Special Events” or call the park at (719) 383-5010.

HUERFANO

Enroll your kids in Head Start

WALSENBURG— Enrollment is open for South Central Colorado Head Start in Walsenburg.  Pre-school children aged 3-5 years old are eligible.  The program offers education services, parent education and activities, nutritious meals, serves for children with disabilities, and health and dental services.  Call now to apply: 719-420-0125 or apply online at http://bit.ly/SCCOHSApplication

Call for Singers

HUERFANO— It’s not too late!  We’re still making a call for singers!  The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble, southern Colorado’s premier community choir, is calling all singers, young and old, experienced, or willing to become experienced; sopranos, altos, tenors and basses –We’ll take all comers!  Did I mention tenors?  We love to make music and we’d love to have you join us.  Did I mention sopranos? We’re preparing for our end of summer concert on Tuesdays,  6:15 pm sharp, at the La Veta United Methodist Church in La Veta.  Did I mention altos? We’ll have the sheet music for you and a cd if you don’t read music.  Did I mention basses? No matter what your range – come sing with us.  Be ready to  have fun making a joyful noise!  Call Kalima at 719-742-5333 with any questions you might have or email me at amuse@rmi.net (please put “Call for Singers!” in the subject line).

Screenwriting Fundamentals and Workshop

LA  VETA—Please join writer/director Stacy Arnold-Strider for fun and inciteful discussion about writing for film and developing your own screenplay. Arnold-Strider will break-down the screenwriting process, offer thoughtful critique of projects, and share helpful industry tips on writing for Hollywood and independent cinema. This workshop will be held Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. starting last Tuesday, June 21 at the La Vet Public Library, 310 S. Main St.

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.

Weekend movie

WALSENBURG— The historic Fox Theatre’s weekend movie is “Lightyear,” rated PG with a run time of one hour forty-five minutes. Legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits Izzy, Mo, Darby, and his robot companion, Sox.  7/1 – 7/3 Movie Showtimes: Friday at 7:30 PM Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. 7/8 – 7/9 Movie Showtimes: Friday at 3 p.m. Friday at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday at 3 p.m.

Experimental Drawing & Painting at the La Veta School of the Arts

LA VETA— La Veta School of the Arts presents Peggy Zehring’s fun, abstract, experimental drawing and painting one week or two week class which will be happening at The La Veta School of the Arts in La Veta, CO from now through Friday, July 1, 2022.  Draw with charcoal and then use the images you created spontaneously to unfold abstract paintings. You’ll learn to make your work personal and original.  You’ll also learn color mixing, recognizing and capitalizing on your own marks, compositional excellence and much more.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Cost is $375 a week.  For more info or to register, call 719-742-3421, or e-mail LVArtSchool@yahoo.com or register online at www.theLVSA.org.

Huerfano Community Coalition Meeting

HUERFANO—Due to an additional Thursday the month of June, Huerfano County Communications Coalition will be meeting next Thursday, June 30 at 12 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Library Community Room instead of the Community Center on Russell Ave, not June 23rd as previously discussed.
We invite any previous members to return and new members are welcome, dues are $10. Let Huerfano, Las Animas and Colfax counties know what your business is doing. Lunch is provided.  Join Zoom Meeting ID: 862 3821 9076 Passcode: 385671

Wildflowers, Herbs, Edible, Medicinal, and Useful Wild Plants of the Spanish Peaks, Part 2

CUCHARA— Friday, July 1st 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. local naturalist and environmental interpreter, Bob Kennemer, will teach attendees all about 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’t 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! Space is limited! $20.00/person. 9:00-11:30am. To register and for more info send an email to: bobkennember@gmail.com.

Oceans of Possibilities Summer at SPLD

WALSENBURG—The library is a great place to bring the kids and hang out for a while this summer.  The children’s area is open for business.  We have 3 sizes of Lego’s to build with, puzzles, coloring books, coloring pages, markers, crayons, colored pencils, and watercolor paints to use. Storytime is every Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Friday, July 1st we will have a kickoff event for our Oceans of Possibilities Summer Learning Program and beach party. Then we will have different events and programs throughout the whole month of July.  Stop by and have some fun.  If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 719-695-1105 or sherry@spld.org.    We are open M – W from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Th – F from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays 1 pm – 5 pm.  We hope to see you soon.

Mountain Merman Brewing Company Grand Opening

LA VETA—Friday, July 1st, visit our taproom at 220 S. Main St. La Veta, CO. MMBC beer is small-batch brewed, offering a unique, high-quality, on-trend tap list built from regionally sourced, craft ingredients. Also offering an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, we always strive to have something for everyone to enjoy and provide an inviting, family-friendly gathering space (well behaved kids and dogs are always welcome). Visit our website for our current tap list and more information at www.mountainmerman.com.

First Friday Art Walk In La Veta

LA VETA—Friday, July 1 5 – 7 p.m. meet us in the La Veta Creative District for First Friday Art Walk festivities! 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 about the event, visit https://fb.me/e/29U24tRzU or 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.

Jackson Emmer

LA VETA—Emmer was so incredible at his July 2019 show with us that we just had to have him back! If you missed that show, or want to see him again, get your tickets soon as this will likely be an indoor show and seats will fill up quickly. Join us Friday, July 1, 7 p.m. at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main St, La Veta. Indie , folk, rock artist Nicholas Penn of Lexington, KY is opening the evening with songwriting for social causes and human empowerment, generally through the story of his own struggles to be a good human in a confusing world. $18 advance tickets, $20 day of show. https://www.simpletix.com/e/jackson-emmer-tickets-102315

Geology of the Spanish Peaks

WALSENBURG—Join us for geologist Dr. Brian Penn’s program about the origin of the Spanish Peaks and their associated geologic features. Brian’s talk is Friday, July 1 at 8:15 p.m. in the Lathrop State Park amphitheater. 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.

La Veta Independence Day Parade

LA VETA — Join us Saturday, July 2nd for the annual La Veta Independence Day Parade! We welcome any and all to participate including decorated floats or vehicles, businesses, non-profit groups, sports teams, political or religious entities, families, and friends of the community. Please join us in congratulating the Grand Marshall, Eleanor Foley! The theme this year is “Music of America” so let your creativity shine. The line-up will start at 9:30 a.m. at the old La Veta School parking lot located on Garland Street and Main. The parade will begin promptly at 10 a.m.. We look forward to another fantastic La Veta Independence Day Parade! For more information please call Stephanie Thomsen at (719) 742-5551 or LaRissa Morris at (808) 936-0663.

Nature awareness – “Still-hunting”

WALSENBURG— Come experience nature awareness or “still-hunting” this Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m. at the southeast corner of Horseshoe Lake. Like the great naturalists, you may find yourself feeling uplifted, inspired & experiencing unexpected insight. We will walk slowly along Horseshoe Lake to locate a place to sit that beckons. As we sit quietly, we are invited to become aware of an already present, effortless stillness within us. As we relax, life nearby will return to its natural rhythms and is likely to reveal more of its wonders for our observation. It is recommended to bring water, hat & sunscreen. Nearest parking is the southeast parking lot of Horseshoe near the handicap-access boat launch. Walk up the dirt service road on the east corner of the parking lot.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.

First Chair Festival

CUCHARA— Panadero Ski Corporation is hosting First Chair Festival and Fundraiser on Saturday, July 2. Come join us for a day of fun at Cuchara Mountain Park and Cuchara Mountain Mercantile as we raise money to return skiing to Cuchara Mountain Park. The Festival kicks off at 12 p.m. with a disc golf tournament, presented by Bachman and Associates Real Estate. Following the tournament we will have park volunteers offering nature hikes, talks, and kids activities. Music by Ponder the Albatross, food & drinks, and silent auction starts at 4 p.m. – doors open at 3pm. Food by Fat Weller’s BBQ, cold drinks, and a silent auction with great items provided by local to national businesses. All proceeds go to returning skiing to Cuchara and Huerfano County. Thanks to our event sponsors: Capture Colorado, Cuchara Mountain Mercantile, and Bud Hut Inc. & Urban Smoken. Entry to the festival is $20 with kids under 16 free. More information and to buy tickets and register for the disc golf tournament go to skiingcuchara.org. Have questions, email info@skiingcuchara.org

Junior Rangers Fishing Program

WALSENBURG—Youth, come adventure in a Junior Rangers fishing program with Ranger Sean, Saturday, July 2 at 1 p.m at Lathrop State Park’s Martin Lake West Beach Picnic Area. Earn your Junior Ranger badge. Sean has a fun “practice fishing” game, as well as some great suggestions. If you have a fishing pole, bring it along. Or, use one of ours. Parents or guardians, please accompany your Junior Ranger(s). Park in the West Beach Picnic Area parking lot on the northwest side of Martin Lake and walk down the slope to Martin Lake. This program is free. Parents must accompany their Junior Ranger(s). For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

The Parkside Art Gallery & Cafe opening

LA VETA—Mark your calendars for The Parkside Art Gallery and Cafe opening on Saturday, July 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. The featured artist is Randy Pijoan and many other local artists; Evy McLean, Regis Scott, Mary Kimber, John Schmitzer, Scott Brunson and Nan McDowell. Coffee and tea will be served during this time. For more information please visit www.TheParksideArtGallery.com.

Carousels of Colorado

WALSENBURG—Come explore the fascinating history of beautiful, hand-carved carousels & their impact on U.S. culture this Saturday, July 2 at 8:15 p.m. in the amphitheater. If you travel around Colorado, visiting these unique treasures can help you, your family &/or friends make a cherished memory. Find out where you can ride a piece of history from our wonderful presenter, Christa Penn. 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.

La Veta Art in the Park

LA VETA— A tradition for 45 years, is back!!  Join the fun on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the cool and beautiful LaVeta Town Park on Ryus Avenue.  Fine Arts, crafts, food and music by Tom Munch and Michael Stewart. A great time to see old friends and make new ones! Don’t miss the fantastic summer favorite brought to you by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council.

Robin Richards at LV Merc  

LA VETA— On Saturday and Sunday, July 2nd and 3rd, come to La Veta Mercantile to view local jeweler Robin Richards selling her wares of turquoise, pearls, lapis, coral, and other gems at 20% off.

JW Ranch Burger Cook-off

LA VETA—Sunday, July 3, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. come out for a burger cook-off at JW Ranch! Starting at 2pm there will be a live band “Cappton Reid”! It is $10 to get in (children 8 and under are free) and you can taste all the burgers and vote for your favorite. Lemonade and water are provided, but if you prefer something different please Bring Your Own Beverage. Please pay upon arrival. For more information please visit http://www.jw-ranch.com/ or call 719-373-1895

No fireworks display at SPRHC/  Lathrop Park this year

WALSENBURG — There will be no official 4th of July fireworks display this year in Huerfano County.  The traditional fireworks display held at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center/ Lathrop State Park has been taken over by Huerfano County. Unfortunately, the county was unable to locate anyone to oversee the show.  They are working on getting someone certified for the 2023 display.

Cuchara Independence Day Parade

CUCHARA—Please congratulate the Grand Marshall Family, The Jones on Monday, July 4 at 11 a.m. Line up behind the Cuchara Inn at 10:30 a.m. and the parade will start at 11 a.m.. This year the parade will not loop and come back through main street so be sure you are set up in the best spot to view the parade from the bottom of main street out to the highway!

Summer Kids Program

LA VETA—Special guest Josh Boner CPW Wildlife District Manager will be joining us at La Veta Public Library on Wednesday, July 6  for fun outdoor activities. Storytime starts at 10:00, activities afterward. Meet outside on the La Veta Public Library lawn. For more info visit our website www.lvpl.org or call 719-742-3572.

Vacation Bible Study school

WALSENBURG—Praise Church Walsenburg free Vacation Bible School Wednesday, July 6- Friday, July 8, 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.  The theme this year is HayDay! Growing in Friendship with Jesus; Moo-sic, Bible Adventures, Hog Wild Games  & Projects-With-A-Purpose.  Registration is for Kindergarten thru those going in to 6th Grade.  Pre-register at www.pueblopraise.org OR drop by Praise Church at 311 W 4th, Walsenburg.  Contact Pastor Juanita for information # 719-369-8364.  VBS 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm. Join us for lunch before 11:45 a.m. If pre-registered and kids need a ride,  11:30 a.m. pick up: Subway, Safeway, or Stacey Dr with signed parent permission slip.  Families are invited to join us for  Sunday celebration on July 10th 10:30 a.m. –  12 p.m.

The Rifters in Cuchara

CUCHARA—Hoobler Lawn Concert has been moved to Cuchara. The Rifters will be performing at the Cuchara Yacht Club on Wednesday, July 6, beginning at 5 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and come enjoy a great night of music and fun. $20.00 at the door.

Huerfano County Historical Society meeting

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.

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!

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.

Forest bathing with Ease Into Peace

LA VETA— Join us at Ease Into Peace (formely La Veta Yoga at 200 S. Main St. in La Veta for “Forest Bathing” on Saturday, July 9, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. with Ruth Heal and Bob Kennemer. The cost is $30 to participate. 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.

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 variety of techniques will be explored. Learn to make your drawings more exciting and expressive. A supply list will be sent upon registration. Sheigla has been a professional artist since 1967. Her fine arts degree is from Doane College. She draws, paints, makes prints and sculpts. She has had numerous exhibitions of her work worldwide, and has taught in the US and in France.  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.

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. She finds success and falls for her guitarist, Chris Perez (Jon Seda), who draws the ire of her father. Seeking mainstream stardom, Selena begins recording an English-language album which, tragically, she would never complete.
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.

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

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.

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 in 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.

Senior Days at Books & More Bookstore

TRINIDAD—Senior Days at Books & More Bookstore 132 N. Commercial St., Trinidad, will be Friday, July 1, from 11 a.m.-4:30 and Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Most items half  price.  Phone is 846-8522.

Friday afternoon at the Gardens

TRINIDAD—Join us the Trinidad History Museum for an afternoon in the gardens Friday, July 1 from 3 – 5 p.m. This event is free to attend for more information please email Al.Melton@state.co.us or call  719-846-2361.

Book Signing

TRINIDAD—Corazon Gallery in Trinidad will have a book signing event on Friday, July 1st, during the First Friday Art Walk.  Featured will be Joe Coca, Marilyn Colter, Roger Martinez and Tracy Wahl.

“They Came for Coal” movie premiere

TRINIDAD— “They Came for Coal” a free Trinidad  movie premiere on Saturday, July 2, at 7 p.m. in the historic dance hall at Flo-Jo’s Tavern, 125 N. Chestnut, Trinidad. Food and beverages wil be available starting at 6 pm with door prizes throughout the evening. This event is offered in conjunction with the Sopris, Colorado Reunion which takes place, generally every 5 years at Trinidad Lake State Park on July 1 – 2. For more information on the Film including a trailer and a behind the scenes video, see the Sopris Colorado Reborn website: https://www.sopriscoloradoreborn.com. Also, here is the website for the film: https://theycameforcoal.com/ for even more information.

Willson & McKee- Rocky Mountain Celtic music

TRINIDAD— Saturday, July 2, at 7 p.m.   Willson & McKee, Rocky Mountain Celtic is what Celtic becomes when it settles comfortably, three generations in the west! Americans doing what they do best, interpreting their roots music in fresh and original ways. The combination of their Celtic heritage plus their Montana and Colorado roots gives audiences a distinctive musical experience. Original compositions with an ancient sound, and traditional pieces re-dressed in their customized style. Please join us at the visitor center at Trinidad Lake State Park.

Youth archery program

TRINIDAD—Sunday, July 3 at 3:00 p.m. join Park Interpreter Pat Patrick in welcoming Parks and Wildlife  District Wildlife Manager Bob Holder as he presents the  Youth Archery Program. Activities include target practice, a fun shoot, a 3-D shoot, and instruction.  Boys and girls age 7-16 are invited to attend, but must be accompanied by a parent. Instruction on the finer points of archery safety and shooting a bow will be presented.  Equipment will be furnished . No personal equipment will be allowed. This event is a great opportunity for youngsters to learn more about this rapidly growing type of outdoor recreation and try their hand at using a bow. Archery is one of the world’s oldest sports.  It is safe and fun when done properly. The program will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. at the park Archery Range. All vehicles must have a park pass.

Fishing on the Fly

TRINIDAD— To say our presenter Jim Muzzulin has a passion for fishing, specifically fly fishing, would be an understatement. He has spent much of his life fishing and teaching others the joy of fly fishing.  If you have ever wanted to explore the sport of fly fishing please join at the park amphitheater for this hands on experience on Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m.

4th of July picnic in the park

AGUILAR—American Legion Post 42 & Ladies Auxiliary invite you to join us for our 1st Annual 4th of July event “Picnic in the Park” on Monday July 4th at the Aguilar Town Park & Community Center. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 10 a.m. will be flag raising, opening ceremony, live DJ, Karaoke and kids games. Veterans eat free!   Any donations are greatly appreciated & used for veterans & community events or needs.  $5.00 donation for 1 hamburger or 2 hot dogs/chips/drink &  baked beans.  Snow cones & cotton candy will also be available. We hope to see you there. Our mission is to unite the people of Aguilar, in showing respect for those who gave their all. At  4 p.m. there will be flag lowering and closing ceremony.

4th of July parade in Trinidad

TRINIDAD—The Las Animas County Veteran’s Memorial Committee and Southern Colorado Family Center is proud to present the 2022 4th of July Parade and Water Parade. Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m. and free to the Public. Come out and support those that serve and have served to keep America Free. Featuring the Ft Carson Marching Band and Color Guard. If you wish to participate with a float, please email tommydproductionsco@gmail.com and we will send you an entry form.

Triggers Independence Day celebration at Central Park

TRINIDAD— Head to Central Park in Trinidad this 4th of July for a fantastic day of baseball, games, music, food and good old fashioned fun.  Gates open at noon, come enjoy, and stay after the game for the city’s fireworks display.  See full schedule of events on page 17.

Fireworks in the park

TRINIDAD— Join us for an Independence Day celebration at Central Park in Trinidad. Mark your calendars now for Trinidad’s Annual Fireworks display and Independence Day Celebration at Central Park 700 Smith Ave., Trinidad. Come early to get a great seat, fire works will start after dark on Monday, July 4th.

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

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.

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.

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.

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First Friday in July

SPRINGER— Join Laughing Crow Artisans for the First Friday presentation featuring Michael and Bridget of Enchanted Byways Photography. They are roadside historians and photographers based in Albuquerque and will be joining us on Friday, July 1 from 6 – 8 p.m.
They will kick off their photography exhibit of New Mexico abandoned buildings, ghost towns and other iconic site. Come have a beer, glass of wine and some food with them at Laughing Crow Artisans, 302 Maxwell Ave, Springer.

International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally

RATON— Join us at La Mesa Airfield, Raton, Saturday-Monday, July 2-4 at 6:30 a.m. for the Interstational Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally. Brought to you by Raton Main Street and sponsored by Inbank. For more information please call 575-445-2457 or visit www.exploreraton.com for more information

4th of July Celebration

RATON— Vendors, live entertainment with contests and games for kids. Join us Monday, July 4 from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Historic 1st street, downtown Raton. This year’s theme is AMERICA!

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!