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Shopping local on Nov. 27 Small Business Saturday,

OUR WORLD  — All Americans are encouraged to reserve some of their holiday shopping time and money for Small Business Saturday, November 27, the day after Black Friday and two days before Cyber Monday.
“Shopping small is a good thing to do all year round, and this Saturday is a good reminder why,” said Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), America’s largest small-business association.
“It’s a great time to reacquaint yourself with the small businesses around you, the owners who gave most of us our first jobs, and your neighbors whom you might run into. This is a grim time for small businesses, so, as never before, every little bit helps. If your local small businesses can ring up just a tiny bit more in sales, that could be the margin of difference between staying open for business or having to close up shop for good, the margin of difference between being able to keep an employee or having to let him or her go.”

Santa reads in Walsenburg and Trinidad to Fight Cancer!

OUR WORLD  —  The good folks over at ROAR for Relay for Life have gotten in touch with Santa this year and have convinced him to come on out to Southern Colorado twice this December to read to and take photos with kids as part of a fundraiser to help fight cancer.
Santa will read Twas the Night Before Christmas and kids can get cookies and hot chocolate, a goodie bag, and a photo with Santa for only $10.
Santa will be in Walsenburg at Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance on Saturday, Dec. 4th from 3-5p.m.
He will then visit Trinidad on Sunday, Dec. 18th at Corradino Auto Body at 124 N. Maple St. from 3-5p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Doherty at (719) 680-0693 or (719) 946-5510

Death Café cancelled for November and December

OUR WORLD  — Although death does not take a holiday, the Death Café is canceling the November and December meetings due to dates being in conflict with holiday weeks. We will resume meeting in January. Time and place to be announced. Be safe and enjoy this special time of year.

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Free movies at the Fox in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG –This weekend’s holiday movies are free .  Friday:  I’ll be Home for Christmas.  Saturday, Ernest Saves Christmas.  Sunday, Nightmare BEfore Christmas.
Movie showtimes are  Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Movie ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for students and teachers, $5 for children (ages 5 to 12).

Spanish Peaks Library Storytime

WALSENBURG — Story time is every Friday morning from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  It is open to children ages 0-12.  The library is located at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at  (719) 738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.
Nov. 26 we will be closed for Thanksgiving.
Dec. 3 we will talk about construction trucks.

United Church of Walsenburg holding Services

WALSENBURG –Come join us!  The United Church of Walsenburg is holding services at 108 Kansas Ave at 1 p.m. on Sundays downstairs.  The only unlocked door will be the side entrance with the ramp on Kansas. Looking forward to seeing you there!

32nd Annual Parade of Lights

WALSENBURG – Come on out on Friday, Nov. 26th at 6:30 p.m. for the 32nd Annual  Parade of Lights! The theme this year is Christmas Past and Present.
Line up for entries on East Spruce Street at 6 p.m.
Parade entry forms are at Legends Flooring & Interior at 726 Main St. in Walsenburg. If you have any questions, call 719-738-2033.

Celebrate the Season with the Eagles

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. 26 2021.  The Eagles Hall will be open before and after the Parade of Lights. We will be serving food and drinks. Tables may be rented for $15 each, call Margaret Maldonado at 738-2861 or Sharon Moore at 738-3116 for reservations. A grab bag table will also be available.

Holiday Market at Museum of Friends –

WALSENBURG – On Saturday, Nov. 27th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., there will be a holiday market at the Museum of Friends. The museum is still looking for vendors for this event. Entry cost is $10, $5 for non-profits. MoF provides indoor space, hot coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, and Santa will be there too! For more info, call MoF at (719) 738 – 2858 or come by and talk to claudia or Brendt.

Huerfano County 4-H Fair Board Election

HUERFANO — On Nov. 30th at 6p.m., the Huerfano County 4-H Fair Board will have its annual election of board members at the regular meeting at the county fairgrounds in La Veta. If you have any interest in working with the 4-H and FFA youth in the county, please join us!

Celebration for incoming RE-1 school board members

WALSENBURG – There will be a celebration held for the new RE-1 school board members on Tuesday, Nov. 30th at 4:30 p.m. at 521 Main Street in Walsenburg.  For more information, contact John Freeburg at 719-252-5168.

SCCY Tamale sale

HUERFANO — It’s another SCCY tamale sale! One dozen red, with pork are just $20. One dozen green with cheese are just $20 (these are vegetarian and gluten-free.) One pint of Myra’s chile is only $8.  Order by phone at 719-738-1573, or on our Facebook page- Sangre De Cristo Center for Youth.  Orders due by Dec. 1. Pickup on Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 513 Main St. in Walsenburg.

Grinch Day at LVPL

LA VETA — Saturday, Dec. 4th is Grinch Day!  Celebrate it this year with a collaboration between the La Veta Public Library and Two Peaks Fitness. Join us anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the La Veta Community Center for Grinch-themed activities, Grinch bingo, and a special appearance from Santa Claus for photos at 10a.m.! Some crafts and activities may require guardian assistance.

Santa Claus is coming to Downtown La Veta!

LA VETA — On Dec. 4th, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and from 1-3p.m., Santa Claus will be touring around downtown La Veta. He will be at the the community center from 10-11a.m., then will cruise his sleigh downtown on Main Street.

Holiday Culinary Celebration

LA VETA — On Saturday, Dec. 4th, from 5-7:30 p.m., there will be a Holiday Culinary Celebration taking place across La Veta! Stroll among 8 galleries and shops in La Veta, enjoying delicious eats accompanied by live seasonal music while providing support for local arts programs!
The La Veta Creative District is taking over managing the annual Holiday Arts Fundraiser. There are several new shops included this year: H’s Place, Marta Moore at the Salon, Crafted in Colorado, and Silver Shoe with a “pop up” shop called Tradition Makers Market joining Shalawalla Batik Studio, SPACe Gallery, La Veta School of the Arts, and Artisans on Main. Each location will have food and liquid refreshments. If you can’t make it, please consider donating to the fundraiser. Money raised goes toward several arts programs in La Veta. It also pays for the signs on Hwy 160 for “Fine Art Galleries”.
Each venue will hold a drawing for a prize of the gallery’s choosing.  Tickets are $25 per person and are now available at H’s Place on Main Street, Artisans on Main, SPACe Gallery on Ryus.  Tickets can also be purchased on line through the SPACe Gallery web site.  There are a limited number of tickets available so please plan to purchase your tickets early.

Traditions Makers’ Market

LA VETA — Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is partnering with the La Veta Creative District in creating an event showcasing several exceptional artists and craftspeople in our community. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4th at 225 S. Main in La Veta.
Arthur ShortBull, Kate Wootton, Lisa Dasenbrock, Frog Hollow Brooms, Raymond Tenorio (from Santo Domingo Pueblo), the Sandys Squared, Charity, Ava Clark and John Costea will all be sharing their quality handcrafted goods. The Falcon Cheesecake Food Truck will be serving from 10-4. Santa will be around. Michael Rael, talented musician
from Questa will provide live music from 3-6. We will also participate in the private party Culinary Celebration from 5-7. Come get the finest in local gifts for everyone on your list.

Huajatolla Heritage Foundation gift drive for Native American youth, elders

LA VETA — Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is once again partnering with the non-profit, One Nation Walking Together headquartered in Colorado Springs to share the bounties of the Holiday season with deserving Native youth and elders. In addition to gifts, your financial help is greatly needed to continue providing a broad range of culturally appropriate programs, services, and crisis interventions for Native Americans- the most underserved and misrepresented group in the U.S. Indigenous people experience higher levels of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and unemployment than any other demographic.
At the Dec. 4th Traditions Makers’ Market at 225 S. Main in La Veta, we will be collecting new (unwrapped) toys or gifts for both the children and the elders. Although not normally thought of for the holiday season, any cleaning supplies or hygiene items are very much appreciated. (We will not be collecting food, clothing, or household items at this time.) And perhaps even more important, if you would want to make a cash donation, it will be matched dollar for dollar by the IndieGives program if donated prior to Dec. 31 st .
This holiday season please give the gift of hope and create brighter futures by supporting One Nation’s mission! Our everlasting gratitude for your caring heart and wondrous support during these challenging times.
Contact Sandy Dolak (sandy@dolak.biz) or ONWT directly for more information.

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The Rifters perform at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The Rifters formed in 2002 in the fertile and creative music scene of Taos, New Mexico from members of two popular bands already active in the area. Jim Bradley and Don Richmond of Hired Hands, and Rod Taylor of the Rounders, who had all known one another for years playing in the acoustic dance-oriented Americana music scene of northern New Mexico, decided to join forces to form The Rifters. Putting out more music than it seems should be right for three guys on stage, the Rifters employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, combined with soaring three-part harmonies, to provide a mesmerizing variety of music from driving blue-grama-grass to ethereal desert beauty. The years of playing to the dance crowds in their northern New Mexico homeland has given their music a toe-tapping rhythm that is engaging and undeniable. With a pedigree of bands like Hired Hands, the Rounders, and South by Southwest among them, the Rifters are truly a musical voice of their region of high desert vistas and mountain majesty.
Come on out and see them on Dec. 4th at 7:30 p.m. at La Veta Mercantile. Tickets are $18 or $20 day of show. Get them at https://www.simpletix.com/e/the-rifters-tickets-71304

Huerfano Memorial Auxiliary needs volunteers

WALSENBURG –The Huerfano Memorial Auxiliary meets at the Hospital Auxiliary on the second Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. In addition, they run the hospital gift shop, from which all proceeds go to benefit the hospital. The gift  shop is open 5 days a week from 10a.m.-3p.m., but right now it is held down only by four or five women. They need some volunteers to take on some shifts and benefit the hospital community.
If you’re interested, come to the next meeting on Dec. 8th  or call the hospital gift shop at (719) 738 -5100 ext. 317

The Heart of Life

WALSENBURG – A presentation for those growing older wondering if “this is all there is to life”, or those who have had a recent loss or change in circumstances, or even those just feeling lost, will take place on Friday, Dec. 10 at Healing Arts Therapeutics, 527 Main St in Walsenburg, CO., from 1-4 pm.
Presented by Bonnie jw Riley, who has 33 years of experience working in fields related to growing older, including nursing homes, assisted living, HUD housing, active retirement communities, and Elderhostel.  She is the founder of the lifelong learning institute PILLAR in Colorado Springs.
Her program, The Heart of Life, seeks to provide an insightful, interactive, and intimate exploration of the realities of aging and the role a sense of purpose plays in transcending challenging circumstances.  The goal is to learn to live from a place of the heart where we truly find meaning and purpose.  The class is limited in size and pre-registration is required.  Email bjwriley@gmail.com or text (719)290-7074 to register.  Cost is free-will donation.

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Deadline to enter Trinidad’s home lighting contest is Monday, Nov. 29

TRINIDAD  — The deadline to enter the City of Trinidad Historic Main Street Board’s home lighting contest is Monday, Nov. 29.  The compeition is open to residents of Trinidad.  First place prize is a $375 credit on the city utility bill, 2nd place is a $275 credit, 3rd place is a $175 credit and the consolation prize is a $125 credit.
To enter, or for more info call 719-846-9843 x123, or email Kim.Lopez@trinidad.co.gov.

Trinidad Trolley Tours begin Dec 3

TRINIDAD  — Trinidad Trolley tours begin for the holidays on Dec. 3 and go through Dec. 22.  Tours run twice a day  Wednesday through Sundaym with the first tour starts at 5P30 p.m. and the second beings at 7 p.m.

Santa’s Gift Tree

TRINIDAD  — This year, give a local senior citizen a holiday memory they’ll treasure. The First National bank in Trinidad is sponsoring this event, in which you can head to the Main Bank, Motor Bank, or Wal-Mart Branch of the First National Bank of Trinidad and choose a letter to fulfill the request of a local senior citizen. Letters are now available  and gifts are due back by Wednesday, Dec. 15th.

Hometown Holidays presents the 22nd Annual Tree Lighting

TRINIDAD  — The annual Christmas Tree lighting is Friday, Nov. 26th at 5:15p.m. next to City Hall. Mayor Phil Rico will flip the switch. Entertainment will be provided by Holy Trinity Academy and The Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra. Hot cocoa and cider will be provided by the Rotary.

Hometown Holidays presents the 22nd Annual Parade of Lights

TRINIDAD  — Parade of Lights is on Saturday Nov. 27th,  beginning at 6p.m., on Main Street.
The TRINIDAD – LAS ANIMAS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is asking all downtown shops, cafes, and vendors to remain open until  9p.m.  on Nov. 27th, 2021 for shop local opportunities!
The route will begin at Linden and end at the corner of Modica and Animas.  Information to enter a float is  on www.HometownHolidaysTrinidad.com The afterparty with Santa and award ceremony will be at MainStreet Theater, 131 W. Main *around* 7p.m.
Judges are Craig Hixson, Kim Schultz, Phil Rico, Rodney Wood, Carol Bolton. Sponsors include Craig Hixon, Kim Schultz, Phil Long Toyota, Duran Oil, Bar N I, and the Trinidad Community Foundation.
Like us on FB- Hometown Holidays Trinidad!

Trinidad State High School Basketball Tournament is back!

TRINIDAD  — The 85th annual Trinidad State Invitational will be held at Scott Gym on Dec. 1, 2, 3 and 4. We have teams coming to play from Trinidad, La Junta, Hoehne, Primero, Kim, Raton, Springer and Des Moines.
The tourney will have a major change this year: No fans will be allowed in the facility.  The games – all sixteen of them – will be live streamed on our website.   To watch a game go to:
https://www.tsctrojans.com/information/TrojanTV

Artists Social

TRINIDAD  — On Thursday, Dec. 2nd from 5-7p.m., there will be an “Artists Social” at the Trinidad Higher CBD and Oxygen Bar at 500 W. Main. Come  socialize and/or purchase some local artist-made works.

Main Street LIVE Presents the 12 Days of Christmas

TRINIDAD  — This December, Main Street LIVE proudly presents The 12 Days of Christmas, a Holiday Comedy by Renee Calarco.
Christmas is just around the corner and Shirley the Partridge is nervous because it’s her first time carrying out the ancient family tradition of gathering the French hens, the Calling Birds, oh everyone!
There are bumps in the road but Shirley perseveres in her tasks with the help of a super-cool steampunk swan.
This holiday comedy is appropriate for all ages and will be playing at Main Street LIVE on Dec. 3rd – 5th and Dec. 10th – 12th.  Showtimes are at 7p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2p.m. on Sundays. Box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for youth 17 and under.

Local authors book signing at Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD  — On Dec. 4th, from 3-5p.m., there will be a book signing for three local authors at the Carnegie Public Library. Adam Gaffin, Mary Jo Dawson, and Richard Trice will all be present. Come on out to meet the authors have your favorite books by  them signed.

Fort Wootton Veterans Pearl Harbor Gun Show

TRINIDAD  — On Saturday and Sunday Dec. 4-5, there will be a gun show held at Fort Wootton Veterans’ Memorial Square at 204 S. Chestnut St., in Trinidad, with all the trappings of a gun show – guns, knives, crafts, militaria.
There will be daily drawings with tickets available at the door all day. Drawings will be held at 2p.m. & 5p.m.
The show will run from 8a.m.-5p.m. each day, and admission tickets cost $10 for the general public, $8 for veterans, and students 14 and under get in for free.
Vendors can rent six-foot long tables for $35 – call Jess or Bill at 719-680-1836 or 719-338-4821
All funds directly support the operation and maintenance of Fort Wootton Veterans’ Memorial Square.

12 Books of Christmas Scavenger Hunt

TRINIDAD  — From Dec. 6 – 22, Carnegie Public Library will be holding a Christmas Scavenger Hunt! Here’s how it works.
1. Pick up a scavenger hunt bookmark from the Carnegie Public Library or a participating business.
2. Using the clues on the bookmark, locate a hidden Christmas book in each participating business. (The book remains at each location) (Don’t tell your friends where they are hidden.)
3. Once you have located all of the books, bring the completed bookmark back to the library for a prize.
Participating businesses are the Trinidad Gift Shop, Chronicle News, Fishers Peak Outfitters, Curly’s Beads, Noah’s Ark, Shirley’s Thrift Store, Perkatory Coffee House, Colie’s Cakes and Pastries, Books and More, Mutiny Café, the Art Cottage, and of course the Carnegie Public Library.

Annual Firemen’s Toy Drive takes off in Trinidad

TRINIDAD  — The annual Trinidad Firemen’s toy Drive is a go again!  Applications for the toy drive can be picked up at the utilities department at Trinidad City Hall, 135 N. Animas St; at the Trinidad Department of Human Services, 219 S. Chestnut St; and at the Trinidad Housing Authority, 422 E. First St.
Applications are due back by Dec. 10, and can be mailed to PO Box 900, Trinidad, CO 81082, or dropped off at either fire station, at 1102 Nevada Ave or at 1605 Santa Fe Trail.
Applicants must live inside the city limits of Trinidad to qualify.  Pick up of toys will be Dec. 18 from 9am-6pm at 149 E. Main St in Trinidad.
For any questions, contact Captain Gatlin at 719-989-4863.

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Food distribution Friday at 9 a.m.

RATON  — The Raton Ministerial Alliance is holding a food distribution on Friday, Nov. 29 at the food depot at the former City Market building, starting at 9 a.m.  Some of the items included in the dried goods, food box are apples, oranges, pears, avocados, grapes, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, carrots, pears, cabbage, and watermelon.

Raton Aquatic Center resumes normal hours Friday

RATON  — Raton Regional Aquatic Center will be closed on Thursday Nov. 25th, so staff can be with family. They will reopen Friday morning with normal hours. Open swim hours will be from 1-5 on Friday afternoon. Lap swim and exercise 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Arthur Johnson Memorial Library reopens Saturday

RATON  —The library will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25th and 26th, for Thanksgiving, and  will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 27th, at 10:00 a.m.  Be sure to check out your holiday needs through Wednesday of next week.  Staff wishes everyone a good Thanksgiving with much to be thankful for, and that they are thankful for each of you!

Photos with Santa at the Shuler to benefit the Raton Humane Society

RATON  — The Raton Humane Society’s 22nd annual phtos with Santa event is being held this Saturday, Nov 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shuler Theter.  Cost is $5 for 2 poses.   Spay/neuter certificates make a great hiliday gift, and are available and are good through April 2022.  $50 for dogs, $40 for cats.

Come visit Santa this Saturday at Climax Canyon Park

RATON  — The Raton Lions Club invites all to get a free goody bag from Santa and his elves at a drive through event beginning at 1 p.m.  this Saturday, Nov. 27  at Climax Canyon Park.

Vaccine event in Springer

SPRINGER  —Vaccines for ages 5 and up will be avaialable on Friday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Springer School gymnasium.  Bring your vaccine card and a completed consent form.

Raton Elks Lodge Craft Fair Dec. 4 Deadline to register for a table is Friday Nov. 26.

RATON  —There will be a craft fair at the Raton Elks Lodge, 300 S. 2nd St on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..  There are 25 tables availabl.  Register with Vallie Burks at 575-303-3015 by Nov. 26.

Silver Spur Cowbelles’s Annual Christmas Bazaar

SPRINGER  — The Silver Spur Cowbelles’ annual Christmas Bazaar will be held Dec. 7, 2021 form 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Springer Methodist Church.  There will be Christmas crafts, a rummage sale, food (including Frito pies, hot dogs and chili dogs and much more)

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