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Upcoming Events for Nov. 17, 2022

Throughout Our World

Medicare 101 community information days

OUR WORLD—  Join us for  free educational seminar that covers the basics of Medicare, how enrollment works, when to sign up, coverage options, & more. We make Medicare simple. Join us at the following locations; Thursday, Nov. 17  @ 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Raton Public Library. Monday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Raton Senior Center. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the  Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg.

Kringle Market- Win $1,000

OUR WORLD— The  ‘Tis the Season’ season is almost here! Join us at the Walsenburg Mercantile, 408 Russell St. on Saturday, Dec. 17 for all your holiday shopping needs. For the second year in a row, the World Journal is teaming up with merchants from Huerfano, Las Animas, and Colfax counties to give away $1,000.  Support local vendors, get in the festive spirit and finish up all your holiday shopping. The $1,000 drawing will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec 17, you can enter the drawing by shopping at the local participating businesses found on page 17. Tickets are given out per individual business discretion.  For more information on how to become a participating business and sponsor the Kringle Market please call Debi Sporleder at 719-989-1501. We are also still looking for local vendors and crafters. There is a $10 booth fee. For more information please email

Third Judicial District preparing volunteer mediation program

OUR WORLD—Courts in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties are seeking volunteer mediators to offer mediation in landlord-tenant disputes and small claims cases to possibly resolve cases outside of the court room.
Volunteer mediators will work directly with individuals who are NOT represented by attorneys and who are involved in a landlord-tenant dispute or small claims case in the civil court system in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties. Volunteer mediators, are not required to be attorneys, will not provide legal advice, but rather will, under supervision of the court’s program coordinator, facilitate a mediation conversation between parties with the goal of reaching resolution. If no resolution is reached, the normal court procedure would continue. Volunteers will need to pass a criminal background check and participate in a four hour training program. The Training will cover topics including court procedures and rights of tenants and landlords, basic mediation kills and de-escalation techniques.
For more information, contact Michelle Kendall at: or call 719-497-8282


Call for green chili recipes

HUERFANO—Would you like to contribute a recipe for a regional green chili cookbook? We would love to hear from you! The cookbook will be available before Christmas! This project is happening with the support of Huajatolla Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Think Art 360. In turn, proceeds from the cookbook will benefit HHF in supporting more programming in Huerfano County. Your recipe contribution and representation are appreciated! Email to receive a free printable PDF to organize your recipe, your recipe story and food memory or to simply contribute your recipe:

Reiki presentation at LVPL

LA VETA— Join us at La Veta Library on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m. as we welcome Reisa Harris and other Reiki practitioners from the community as this ancient art is explained and demonstrated. Reiki, sometimes referred to as hands on healing,enhances health and well-being, reduces stress and pain and brings balance to the mind, body and spirit by unblocking trapped energy.  Reisa has been practicing and teaching for over 30 years and is eager to share her insights.  This presentation is free and refreshments will be served.

Trauma Informed Yoga

WALSENBURG— Trauma Informed Yoga is a loose low impact form of stretches that incorporate grounding, security and embodiment. Ruth Heal (yoga instructor) co-facilitates with Travis Maes (Peer Recovery Specialist) invite anyone  that would like to attend free of charge, every Thursday from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. at The Crossroads Turning Points building at 615 Russell Ave. Walsenburg. Please call Travis at 719-621-8323 for availability and possible cancellations.

La Veta School Gives Thanks

LA VETA— La Veta Schools’ families and Huerfano County Residents are invited to give thanks to
our community’s Veterans at an assembly on Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. The assembly, hosted by the La Veta High School Leadership Class, will be held at 200 East Stadium Drive in the school gym. Following the assembly, we invite the community to enjoy a free Thanksgiving lunch and stay for Town Playground Committee learning sessions. With support from the Colorado Health Foundation, the Town Playground Committee will share information on the potential designs for a new town playground and gather feedback from students and families. Please RSVP to attend lunch and view complete events schedule by visiting

New Hope Ministries food box pick-up

WALSENBURG— It’s that time of the month, we will be giving out food boxes again. Come by New Hope Ministries, 108 Kansas Ave in Walsenburg on Friday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and pick up your box. God bless and have a wonderful week.

Weekend movies at the FOX

WALSENBURG— The historic Fox Theatre’s weekend movie is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye, and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with Nakia and Everett Ross to forge a new path for their beloved kingdom. Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.  Adults $7, Students $6, Children (5-12) & Seniors $5.

Beginning T’ai Chi at LVSA

LA VETA—Often referred to as “the gentle art of yielding”, the ancient, slow moving Chinese practice of T’ai Chi Chuan is also healing in many ways.  New, beginning classes will be held beginning Saturday, Nov. 19,  at 9 a.m. at The La Veta School of the Arts, 105 W Ryus, across from the town park.  Beginning classes will continue every Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. during the month of November  The cost is a donation of $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes.  For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742-5193, or e-mail or

Baby & Toddler storytime at SPLD

WALSENBURG—  Every Monday at 10:30 a.m. we will be having a baby/toddler storytime.  It will be for children ages 0-2 and will last about 30 minutes.  We will have stories, songs, and fingerplays.  Please join us every Monday at 10:30 am.  We will also still be continuing our regular Friday story times from 10:30 am – 11:30 am.  The library is located at 415 Walsen Ave. If you have any questions you may contact Ms. Sherry at 719-695-1105 or   Library hours are 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.

Pre-Thanksgiving Feast

WALSENBURG— Monday, Nov. 21, 5 – 7 p.m. join us for a Pre-Thanksgiving feast at Delaney Hall, 121 E. 7th St in Walsenburg. This dinner is for the people of Huerfano county and is free.

Vaccine Mobile Bus

WALSENBURG—Next stop for the Vaccine Mobile Bust will be at Safeway, 222 W. 7th St. in Walsenburg on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Pfizer, Moderna, Pediatrics, Baby Pfizer, baby Moderna, Bivalent Pfizer, Bivalent Moderna, Bivalent Pediatrics vaccines and boosters. It’s time for a comeback, get your vaccine now. Register online at

Pie & Praise Community Thanksgiving Service

LA VETA— Please join us at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 South Main Street for the Cuchara Valley Christian Community Services Pie and Praise Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. This service gives us chance to praise God as a community for his many blessings. There will be homemade pies, ice cream, whipped cream, beverages and an opportunity to give towards the annual Christmas food gifts that will be delivered in December to families within our community.

Celebrate Recovery

WALSENBURG— Celebrate Recovery is a biblical & balanced program that helps overcome hurts, habits & hang-ups of all sorts & shapes. People familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery groups will recognize the format. Celebrate Recovery acknowledges God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles that facilitate true life transformation. If you wish to attend, you don’t need to be a Christian or a member of Praise. There’s no pre-registration or sign-ups & no need to bring anything except a willingness to grow & change. Join us on the journey to freedom Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. with a meal from 5:30 – 6 p.m. Praise Church Walsenburg 311 W 4th St 719-738-1822.

Eagles Hall open for the Parade of Lights

WALSENBURG— The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1187 invites the community to join us for the annual Parade of Lights at the Eagles Hall, 614 Main St in Walsenburg, on Friday, Nov. 25.  The Eagles Hall will be open before and after the parade.  We will be serving food and drinks.  There will also be a grab bag table, available for girls, boys, women, and men.  Tables may be rented for $15 each, please call 719-738-2861 or 719-738-3116 for reservations. All proceeds go back into the community.  We hope to see you there!

Dark Skies Event at Cuchara Mountain Park

CUCHARA— Lets gaze at the stars! Have you ever looked up at the night sky, in total awe of the amazing dark skies, stars, planets, and moon? Us, too! Bob Kennemer and friends will host an informal potluck dinner and information session regarding local and regional efforts to make Huerfano County part of the second largest dark sky reserve in the world! Followed by dark sky viewing opportunities on the deck of the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile at Cuchara Mountain Park. The first part of the event will take place inside on Friday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m. then we will move outdoors. Bring a telescope or binoculars. Dress accordingly. This event is free.

Marketplace of Ideas at MOF

WALSENBURG— Calling all vendors, makers and shoppers to the annual Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Marketplace of Ideas, and Made in Walsenburg holiday event at the Museum of Friends, 600 Main Street, Walsenburg. Local vendors and makers please call to participate in this annual shopping event in Walsenburg. Display and promote your hand-made goods, art, jewelry, scarves, brooms, photographs, books, knitted and crochet items, holiday delicacies and baked goods. Artists from Huerfano and beyond will be available to answer questions about their process as they demonstrate how their art and crafts are made. The Marketplace of ideas is an annual event that explores the universal need to make things with our hands. Huerfano County non-profit organizations are also invited to share what they do and discuss how the community can get involved with their projects. Santa will ring in the holiday cheer with hot apple cider, hot chocolate, cookies, and other homemade goodies. Bring your children for a photo opportunity, and we will email you the image. Call the MoF and reserve a table for only $10! 719-738-2858 or visit

El ArteDe Nuestros Abuelos (The Art of Our Grandparents)

WALSENBURG— Jenn Dunn will be conducting a painting class at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Walsen Ave, Walsenburg, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 1-3 p.m. Come and enjoy the holiday spirit, with fun ,company, and conversation.  As always free, refreshments, and supplies provided.  Call 719 989-8438 to RSVP before Nov 26th to get a canvas count. Sponsored by Huajatolla Heritage Foundation, and Arts in Society.

Huerfano Fairboard Election

HUERFANO— The Huerfano County 4-H Fair Board will have the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m. at the Huerfano County Fairgrounds located at 401 Moore Street, La Veta, CO.  The annual election for the board of directors will be held.  Any Huerfano County resident can attend and vote.

Volleyball is Coming!

HUERFANO— Co-Ed and Women’s volleyball will start on Dec. 4th and 5th, with the organizational meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7  p.m. The meeting and all games will take place at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell St, Walsenburg. Please contact either Josh or Lester to register, or

12 Days of Giving

HUERFANO— Please join us for the 5th Annual Non-Profit & Business Holiday Giving Celebrations.  Donate online beginning Thursday, Dec. 1  through Monday, Dec 12 at or in person on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center. A “Taste of Spanish Peaks Country” treats and samples from local eateries will be provided. Sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance.

Kid Store at Traditions Arts and Crafts Market on Dec. 3

WALSENBURG— Make plans now to attend the Little People Gift Store at the Traditions Arts and Crafts Market being held on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m. at the community center in Walsenburg.  The gift store will give children the opportunity to purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for their families, teachers, and friends.  Each child may choose up to four gifts, and nothing will cost more than a dollar.
You can help!  We are collecting donations now of small gift items that kids would be proud to choose as gifts for their parents, siblings, abuelos or teachers.
Please drop them off at the libraries in Walsenburg or La Veta. Any money raised will go back to youth projects in the community.
This is all in addition to the awesome Traditions holiday arts and crafts market that will be occurring at the same time. Over 25 vendors are signed up and there’s room for a few more. Contact Sandy Dolak (719) 251-1271 with any questions.

Holiday Art Walk Fundraiser in Historic Downtown

LA VETA — Meet us in downtown La Veta for our Annual Holiday Art Walk Fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 3! Gallery-hop, visit with artists, enjoy festive eats and drinks, listen to live music by the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts (FCPA) Show Choir, and win unique prizes, all while supporting La Veta creatives and small shop owners! If you are unable to attend, please consider donating to the fundraiser by purchasing a ticket, or purchasing a ticket for a community member who may not otherwise be able to attend! Donations raised go toward several arts programs in La Veta: The SPACe Gallery and the La Veta School of the Arts, arts programming through the La Veta Public Library, The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts, the La Veta Schools art program, and the La Veta Creative District! Tickets are $25 and are available via cash or check at H’s Place, Artisans on Main, and at SPACe. They can also be reserved by credit card online on the La Veta Creative District website at Contact Kate McCabe at (303) 746-8323 or for questions or more info.

Plan now for the John Mall High School class of 1981 reunion

WALSENBURG — The John Mall High School class of 1981 is planning a reunion for summer 2023.
Friday, June 30 will be either bowling or golfing with appetizers and cocktails. Saturday, July 1 will be the main dinner at the Eagles hall with a theme of Hoedown Western. Sunday, July 2 Brunch with location to be determined.
Mark your calendars now and contact Sandi Montoya-Foster at and let her know you are coming.  You can also ask to join the private class Facebook page, John Mall 1981 Class reunion.  Please make sure you include your name as we knew you in school in the request.
Members of the planning committee are: Gretchen Sporleder-Orr, Carolyn Fischer (Cisneros) Gabby Sanchez ( Rice), Donna Romero, Laura Day (Garcia), and Sandi Montoya-Foster (Chair).



TRINIDAD— Friday, Nov. 18 join us at the Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Ave. for the Trinidad Carnegie Public Library STEAM Day. k-2nd Grade 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 3rd – 5th grade 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Come play with our STEAM kits and learn about science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

Nostalgic Movie Night

TRINIDAD— Friday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. Nostalgic Movie Night comes to the Trinidad Carnegie Public Library on Friday evening, November 18, 5:30 p.m. The film is His Girl Friday, made in 1940, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. It’s a remake of the 1931 film, Front Page, which was, in turn, adapted from the original 1928 Broadway play of the same name. Directed by Howard Hawks, it’s a fast-paced comedy centering on a newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) and his star reporter, and former wife, Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell). Hawks wanted a record-breaking pace to the dialogue and pulled out all stops to make it so. It’s a great example of the Hollywood screwball comedy.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Veterans and Family

TRINIDAD— Join us in the Garden Room at Mt Carmel Wellness & Community Center in Trinidad for our annul Thanksgiving Dinner for Veterans and their family. Dinner will be on Saturday, Nov.19 from 4 – 7 p.m. Please RSVP by calling 719-8454877.

Hometown Holiday Tree lighting and Parade of Lights

TRINIDAD—Hometown Holidays Trinidad is proud to present the annual tree lighting and the 23rd annual Parade of Lights! Friday, Nov. 25th, we will gather at the city hall park on Las Animas Street. We will have entertainment from the Mount Carmel Youth Orchestra, Trinidad Music Association Corral, and members from the youth choir. Hot chocolate will be served from the Rotary. At 5:15, mayor Phil Rico will select a young member from the audience to help him flip the switch to light the tree to welcome the holidays. On saturday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m., the Parade of Lights will be on Main street. The parade route goes west Oak Street and south on Las Animas Street. Applications and more information are on our Facebook page and website.

“Be Square” Art competition

TRINIDAD— The opening reception for the “Be Square” art show will be Friday, Nov. 25 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Corazon Gallery, 149 E. Main in Trinidad, Colorado.  The show will feature square canvases in a variety of mediums created by area artists.  Light refreshments will be served.3

Vaccine Mobile Bus

TRINIDAD—Next stop for the Vaccine Mobile Bust will be at Trinidad City Hall on Monday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.for the MonkeyPox Clinic and then 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. for the Covid-19 Clinic. Pfizer, Moderna, Pediatrics, Baby Pfizer, baby Moderna, Bivalent Pfizer, Bivalent Moderna, Bivalent Pediatrics vaccines and boosters will be available. It’s time for a comeback, get your vaccine now. Register online at

It’s a Wonderful Life- A live Radio Play

TRINIDAD— Join us at Main St. Live, 131 West Main St in Trinidad for It’s a Wonderful Life. Based on the story “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern, this beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio show broadcast.  The story of idealistic, desperate George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.  An angel is sent from Heaven to help him by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. “Teacher says, ‘Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.’ “ Friday, Dec. 2 & 9 and Saturday, Dec. 3 & 10 at 7 p.m. – Sunday, Dec. 4 & 11 at 2 p.m.

Pearl Harbor Gun Show

TRINIDAD— Fort Wootton veterans present the Pearl Harbor Gun Show, Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $10, Seniors and veterans admission is $8 and kids 14 and under are free. There are also vendor booths available for $50. Please contact Jess at 719-680-1836 for more information. All proceeds directly support the Operation and Maintenance of Fort Wooten Memorial Square. Sponsored by American Legion Post 11.

Christmas Bazaar

TRINIDAD— Holy Trinity Academy, Trinidad invites you to attend our Annual Christmas Bazaar at the Sebastiani Gym, 206 N Animas St. Join us on Saturday, Dec 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and find unique gifts for your loved ones for the holidays!


Public involvement meeting

COLFAX—NMDOT is conducting a virtual public meeting for the I-25 Raton/Clayton Interchange study. The purpose of the meeting is to present the preferred interchange alternatives developed based on technical analysis and previous public input. The meeting will consist of a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session on Thursday, Nov. 17, 6 – 7 p.m. For more information please visit

Umpteenth Craft Fair

RATON- Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join us for our 22nd Annual Umpteenth Craft Fair at the Raton Convention Center. Come see the wide selection of crafts and creations from 36 local vendors. Get a head start on all your holiday shopping at this free event!

Cowboy Christmas Bazaar

RATON—Raton Methodist women will have their Bazaar: “Cowboy Christmas”, Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall behind the Raton Methodist Church at the corner of South 4th and Tiger Drive. Questions, call Nancy Poe, 575-445-3194.

Santa is coming to town

RATON—Saturday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. Come see Santa Claus at the Convention Center, 901 S. 3rd St in Raton. We will have a lot of games, and activities including; cupcake walk, fish pond, bean bag throw, ring toss, Jumping Castle and much more! Sponsored by the Raton Lions Club.

Cards of Thanks

Thank you San Isabel Thank you, San Isabel.  Terrific winds and no Walsenburg outage! ~Carolyn Newman Walsenburg,, CO Thanks from Traditions I want to thank

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