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Upcoming events for October 13, 2022

Throughout Our World

Medicare made simple

OUR WORLD — Join us for a one hour 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; Walsenburg – Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library. La Veta – Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. a the La Veta Public Library. Raton – Thursday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at the City Library. Trinidad-  Thursday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. Carnegie Public Library.

Out of Our World

Grand opening: Susan Kalman Peaks to Prairie Community Center

COLORADO CITY — You are invited to the grand opening of the Susan Kalman Peaks to Prairie Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 15.  Please join us for the festivities at 4705 Santa Fe Dr in Colorado City.
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m., then a free blues concert featuring Ken Saydak on the piano and Mark Craddock on sax.  For more info, call 719-504-8018.


Apology, blood drive, Oct. 11 cancelled

WALSENBURG – We apologize for the blood drive being cancelled October 11.  Unfortunately, Vitalant’s van was vandalized making it impossible for them to come to Walsenburg.  We hope no one was inconvenienced and will continue to donate at subsequent drives. The next one is scheduled for December 13, 2022.

Adult programs – input wanted

LA VETA—The La Veta Public Library will be resuming its popular adult programming series late in October and continue on through the fall and winter months.  We have such a diverse and fascinating population in this county that we are always amazed at the “stories” and interests of our patrons.  If you have a program that you would like to present or a topic that you would feel would be of interest  to others and are willing to share, please let us know.  We also will be doing a monthly movie matinee and suggestions are always welcome!  Call Mitzi at 719-742-3572  or email her at

History grant deadline Nov. 1

HUERFANO—  An award of $2,000 will be made to a person to undertake an in-depth research on an approved Huerfano County topic.
The application is open to anyone 21 years old or older, and is a one-time only grant.  The recipient must be willing to travel within Colorado if necessary to do research.  All expenses will be paid by the recipient. Whoever receives the award will have a member of the Huerfano County Historical Society designated as the mentor and advisor.
The project is to be completed within 10 months of the time the project is approved.  One extension of one month may be requested.
The rights to the completed project as well as to quality duplicates of photos, and the owner’s signed release will belong to HCHS.
Examples of ideas for a project might be to pinpoint the sites of Penitente moradas in Huerfano County, including members’ names and details; a documentary on historic buildings; or an interview of eight or more older residents on their first-hand knowledge of local history, accompanied by photographs.
The deadline to apply for the grant is Nov. 1, 2022.  Send application to PO Box 3, Walsenburg, CO 812089, or to the Heritage Center at 114 W. 6th St in Walsenburg, CO 81089.

Veterans Helping Veterans

HUERFANO—  The American Legion Post 16 has in place a program, Veterans Helping Veterans, with funds that are available to help Huerfano County Veterans with emergency expenses.  Permitted uses of the funds include rent/housing, utility, food/gas, mental health therapy, car care/repair and other emergency expenses as deemed appropriate.  There are limits to the amount and number of times assistance can be given.  Proof of veteran status is required to receive assistance with these funds.  If you are a Huerfano County veteran in need of emergency assistance, please call one of the following: David Rogers 719-738-9965; Gary Baldwin 719-738-2801, Keith Hauber 816-277-4833, or Faye Stroh 719-989-8151.

Huerfano County Youth Soccer

HUERFANO— It’s time for soccer! Join friends, family and classmates in learning the beautiful game this Fall in both La Veta and Walsenburg with the Huerfano County Parks and Recreation Department. Age Groups– 4-6 ,7-9, 10-12. Practices will be Monday and Thursday 4:30 – 6 p.m.  at the La Veta baseball field on Main Street and in Walsenburg at Fiesta Park Softball and baseball fields. All games will be in Walsenburg at Fiesta Park on Saturdays, Sept. 24 – Oct 29. Just $40 for six weeks of play fun and surprises!

Inner Idea Artists at SPACe

LA VETA— Everyone is welcome to enjoy Inner Idea Artists’ show at SPACe for the entire month of October.  Artists are Fred Bender, Mary Cooper, Becky Havekost, Maggie MacIndoe, Shannon Tucker, Lori Utley, Lana Thomas Wachterman, David Zehring and Peggy Zehring.

Free wellness checkups

HUERFANO— Free Wellness Checkups Thursday, Oct. 13 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St in La Veta. by Coral Anderson, RN. Blood Pressure, Oxygen, Pulse, and more. Vial of Live materials available.

FOL book sale and annual board meeting

WALSENBURG—Friends of the Library, at Spanish Peaks Library, 401 Walsenburg Ave, is having their book sale, on Thursday, Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Any and all help with set up and clean up is greatly appreciated. FOL can always use your book donations. Also, FOL is having their Annual Board Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 16  at the Spanish Peaks Library conference room. Refreshments served  from 1  – 1:30 p.m., with meeting starting at 1:30 p.m. Come and hear what we have accomplished in the last year. Also its time for new officers to be elected. Hope to see you there.

SPLD Story time with special guests

WALSENBURG—Friday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m. we will have a special guest for story time.  Ashley from Los Huerfanos Animal Welfare will be here to share information about rescue animals.   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.

SPLD Flicks at the Library

WALSENBURG— SPLD Flicks at the Library, Friday Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m.  Join us for October’s flick, Practical Magic, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sister witches who have only been taught practical magic.  The Owen sisters then give themselves a crash course in hard magic with unexpected results!  Don’t miss the fun at Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg.

Weekend movie at the FOX

WALSENBURG— The historic Fox Theatre’s FREE weekend movie is In The Heights rated PG-13. In Washington Heights, N.Y., the scent of warm coffee hangs in the air just outside of the 181st St. subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is a likable and magnetic bodega owner who hopes, imagines, and sings about a better life.   Showtimes are: Friday at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Cuerno Verde Trail fall hike

WALSENBURG— Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. please join La Veta Trails for a hike of the Cuerno Verde Trail at Lathrop State Park. This is a 3-mile ADA-accessible concrete trail. Lathrop State Park is dog-friendly, but your poochie must be on a leash. You may want to add the Hogback Trail, which will make your hike about 5 miles. Everyone is welcome! A Lathrop State Park parking pass is required. If you want to ride share with someone with an annual pass, please call 719-890-4071.

Meet, greet and eat with the Dems

WALSENBURG—  Join the Huerfano Democrats at Miners Plaza, 6th and Main in downtown Walsenburg this Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 to 2 for  meet, greet, and eat gathering.  The food and beverages are free.
Democrats and Independent voters are invited to attend.  Visit with local Democratic candidates for the various offices, including Della Duran for county commissioner, Bruce Newman for Sherriff, along with candidates for treasurer, assessors, Senate District District 35 and more.
Ballots will be mailed out on Monday, Oct. 17th.  Make sure you are registered to vote  Our democracy is on the line in this year’s election.

A Haunting Hallo-weekend Series

WALSENBURG— The Walsenburg Mercantile and Gub Gub’s Ice Cream presents something spooky and special to do each Saturday starting this Saturday, Oct. 1st through Saturday, Nov. 4. at 1 p.m. We will have games, prizes, crafts, movies, costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, and so much more. Join us for a haunting Hallo-weekend Series at the Walsenburg Mercantile 408 Rusell St.

Fall Festival in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG— Free pumpkin patch, games, crafts, face painting, photo booth, bouncy house and caramel apple bar! Join us on Saturday, Oct. 15, 1 – 4 p.m. at 713 Walsen Ave, Walsenburg. Sponsored by Farm Bureau – Salapich Agency.

Artist Talk on Art

WALSENBURG—  Saturday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m. at Museum of Friends 600 Main St. Walsenburg. Artist Dawn Howkinson Siebel will lead a discussion on her exhibit, better angels, the firefighters of 9/11. Dawn Howkinson Siebel’s exhibit, Better Angels consists of paintings that depict the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11. Each painting is a portrait of these fallen firefighters on a 6” x 4” burned block of Baltic Birch. The compositions are in black, white, and raw umber. The complete work is the totality of all portraits in seven rows of 49 columns that span 48 inches by 21 feet. This exhibit has traveled around the country. To learn more visit

St. Mary Fall Festival

WALSENBURG— All you can eat taco bar dinner on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Delaney Hall in Walsenburg. Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for kids under $10. We will have raffle prizes, cornhole tournament, purse auctions, cake walk, music and Bingo! Come help us raise money for a new HVAC system.

Spanish Peaks Library Trivia Night

WALSENBURG— SPLD Trivia Night at 2nd Street Bar and Grill at the Walsenburg Golf Course, Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.  This month’s categories are Skiing, Lord of the Rings, Cooking, Spooky Songs (Audio) and Classic Saturday Night Live.  If any of these categories were a suggestion submitted by your team, you’ve already won $5 off your table’s tab!  Great food and copious beverages available for purchase and the winning team receives $20 off their table’s tab. Don’t forget your library cards for extra points!

Open House Evening at La Veta Public Library

LA VETA— Join us for gourmet nibbles and refreshments, play with all the things you can borrow that aren’t books, and find out what the library is planning for the future!  Drop by during this informal evening and enjoy everything we have to share on Thursday, Oct. 20, 6 – 7 p.m. We have been listening to the community all summer and there will be a short, 15 minute presentation of what we have found out. The La Veta Library is located at 310 S. Main Street. Special thanks to the Institute for Museum and Library Studies for funding this event and the past year’s community survey.

SPLD Gardening 101 program

WALSENBURG—   This will be our last class until 2023 and will be a free for all.  Bring your questions and I’ll do my very best to answer them as best I can!  Anything from houseplants, landscape, insects, rodents, tools, veggies, lawn, mushrooming, canning or any other gardening topic is welcome.  Don’t miss your last opportunity in 2022 to learn more about gardening in Huerfano County.  Hope to see you there on Sunday, Oct 23 at 1 p.m. in the Spanish Peaks Library!

Farm Bureau annual meeting

GARDNER— The annual meeting of the Huerfano County Farm Bureau will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29  at the Gardner Community Center. Our guest speaker is Senator Cleve Simpson whose topic will be the “Rural Water Crisis”.  The meeting will begin with registration at 11:30 a.m.  A catered meal will be served with beef or chicken accompanied by sides and dessert while Apache Creek Fiddlers playing. There is no charge for the meal but donations will be gratefully accepted. Everyone is invited and reservations do need to be called by October 21 to Nancy Coe at 719-225-0873 with the number attending and your entre preference.  If you are unable to attend for the meal please come to hear Sen. Simpson’s presentation at about 1:30.

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 call or text Sandi Montoya-Foster at 720-351-6170 and let her know you are coming. 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).


Wormhole mtn. bike meetup

TRINIDAD— Join Tarantula Cycles for a weekly Mountain bike meetup this Friday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and every Friday, weather  permitting. All abilities are welcome to join. We’ll convene around 6:30 p.m. at the Wormhole Trailhead. Ride at your own pace up or down around Crossbed and then reconvene in the lot to hang out and maybe have a toast afterwords.

Colexico Experience- Spaghetti & Westerns Fest

TRINIDAD—A one of a kind of festival event that combines Western films, pasta dinners and interstate train travel! The Colexico Experience Spaghetti & Westerns Festival is a celebration of Western culture and food that takes place each October in Colexico (where Southern Colorado meets Northern New Mexico). Join us this year on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday Oct. 15 in Trinidad and Raton. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit

THS Homecoming parade

TRINIDAD— Join Trinidad High School for their annual Home Coming Parade on Friday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. Line up on the sidewalks of Main St. early to make sure you get a good spot to see the floats.

Colexico Spaghetti and Westerns Fest kickoff this Friday

TRINIDAD/ RATON—The second annual westerns flicks and pastapalooza is coming up this weekend. The two-day, two-state event takes place in Raton and Trinidad and on the passenger train in between, and features: mountains of spaghetti from local eateries vying to be named the best in the Raton basin, and back-to-back showings of classic cinema westerns, comedy and a melodrama.
Friday, Oct 14 in Trinidad:
•  6 p.m. Sauce-Off and Pasta Party plus karaoke at the A.R. Mitchell Museum, 150 E. Main, Trinidad.
• 7 p.m. Cowboy poetry, also at the Mitchell Museum, followed by a screening of comedy western“A Fistful of Tango”.
• 9 p.m. Yaas Queen! Head to the Wells Hotel and Taproom, 155 E. Main in Trinidad for the Queens of Colexico Drag show with Hysteria Brooks and friends.
• 10 p.m. Honky Tonk Hootenanny with the Pirates of Peñasco at the Dad- Trinidad Lounge, 421 N. Commercial in Trinidad.
• Saturday, Oct. 15 to Raton and back again:
• 9 a.m. All aboard for leaf peeping and people meting over the pass to Raton.  Trinidad Amtrak platform, 110 West Pine, Trinidad.
• 11 a.m. Raton’s Theatre Row, 115 – 131 N. 2nd St.   Film screenings all at the Isabella Castillo Perfomring Arts Center, the Shuler Auditoriium and El Raton Theatre.
•  4:30 p.m. Back on the train again, 201 S 1st St. Raton
•  6 p.m. Suffer through the worst western films of all time with comedic commentary, at Sexy Grandma’s Pizza and Tap, 516 E. Elm, Trinidad.
• 8 p.m. Blazing Gunds at Roaring Gulch melodrama at Min Street Live, 131 W. Main, Trinidad
• 10 p.m. Honky Tonk Hootenanny with the Roswells at the Trinidad Lounge, 421 N. Commerical.
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Bound Together Quilters

TRINIDAD—  Join us for our Annual Holiday Bazaar and Charity Quilt Drawing on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Las Animas County Fairgrounds. Please contact members to purchase entries to win this quilt. As always your donations are distributed to local charities. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 donations.

First Annual Outdoor Recreation for all

TRINIDAD— Saturday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. will be our first annual Outdoor Recreation for all event and will be centered around accessibility in the Outdoors at Fisher’s Peak State Park. Activities throughout the day including water play, wildlife education, pumpkin patch, face painting, scavenger hunts, backyard fishing, games, and trail walking with tracked wheelchairs. This will be provided free to individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities their friends and families.

Grand Opening of Best Face Foward Aesthetics

TRINIDAD— Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. will be the ribbon cutting of one of Trinidad’s newest businesses, Best Face Forward Aesthetics located at 127 N Commercial Street. Stop by and check us out during our grand opening celebrations. Sponsored by Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce.

Pumpkin Patch Play Day

HOEHNE— Pumpkin Patch Play Day at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner in Hoehne starting this Saturday, Oct 15 and continuing Saturday, Oct 22 and 29 from 1 – 5 p.m. Hay Ride, farm animals, face painting, crafts, games, food, $5 person (under 2 free,) pumpkins sold separately, extra parking at Hoehne high school, presented by Grace Christian School. Nicols Cottonwood Corner is located at 19990 CR 75.1.
Halloween Movie at The Pit

TRINIDAD— Trinidad State SNA invites you to the Halloween Movie at The pit on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. with the movie starting at Sundown. We will be showing Hocus Pocus, rated PG. Admission for adults is $3 and children is $1, concessions will be available for purchase. Bring your blankets and a date! Sponsored by City of Trinidad, Trinidad Youth Club.

Business Showcase

TRINIDAD— Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 12 p.m. will be the business showcase lunch in the Pioneer Room at Trinidad State College. This months sponsor is Las Animas Grill and we will have Southern Colorado Family Center, Relay For Life, Somebody Cares Project, COG Children & Seniors, ABC Disability as guest speakers.  Our Business Showcases are hosted at the Trinidad State College, Pioneer Room and a tasty meal is prepared by a local caterer that is a TLAC Member.  A Business Showcase features a special speaker and/or presentation, important community announcements, and great opportunities to forge valuable connections in the Trinidad – Las Animas County business community.

Trinidad Historical Society Fall Dinner

TRINIDAD— On Friday, Nov. 4, Trinidad Historical Society will hold its Annual Fall Dinner. Everyone is welcome to attend the event which will be held in the Pioneer Room of the Sullivan Student Center at Trinidad State College. Following dinner, the program will be “A Sampling of Sehon-Tru-Life Photos”. Duane Sehon operated Tru-Life Photography Studio from 1947 until he passed away in 1983, then his daughter, Dona, operated the studio until 1989. He took studio, home, group, sports, school, aerial and commercial photos in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. He also had studios in Walsenburg and Raton. The program will provide a small sample of his work. Dinner is $25.00 per person with the deadline for reservations on October 20. Reservation are required. You do not have to be a member of the Historical Society to attend the dinner. To make reservations please call Judy Mangino 719- 846-4323 or Carol Schleich 719- 846-3456.

“Be Square” Art competition

TRINIDAD— The Corazon Gallery in Trinidad is looking for artists for an innovative new show; “Be Square” – A 12×12 Show. All entries must be on a 12×12 inch canvas provided by the Corazon Gallery with entry fee. Pick up your canvas now at the Corazon Gallery to have art ready for show entries on Nov 19 – 20. Entry fees are $30 for one canvas, $50 for two, and $60 for three. Artists will receive 100% of the $150 sale price if their art sells. The Corazon Gallery will not be taking any commissions for sales. There will be a reception and celebration on Friday, Dec 30 from 5:00 – 7:00. Pick up your canvases now at the Corazon Gallery to prepare for the show!


Raton Haunted Dungeon

RATON—Home is where the haunt is, come if you dare. Starting Friday, Oct 14, 6 – 9 p.m. and continuing every Friday and Saturday through out October, including Halloween night is Raton’s very own Haunted Dungeon. Entry fee is $5 and is not recommended for children. Located at 201 S. 2nd St. in Raton.

Halloween Drive-in Movie Night

RATON—Join us for a fun Halloween Drive-in movie on Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. at 9 South Pond Lane in Raton. We will be showing Hubie Halloween, rated PG-13. Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem (and its Halloween celebration), Hubie Dubois is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. But this year, something is going bump in the night, and it’s up to Hubie to save Halloween. Tickets are $5 at the door with popcorn and drinks for sale.

ColexiKids Experience with Zia Youth

RATON— Join Zia Youth for the showing of a free film on Saturday, Oct 15 at 11 a.m. Join us at Isabel Castillo Performing Arts and Events Center at 123 S Second Street in Raton. We will be showing Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, rated G.

Free Mental Health series

RATON— Join us for our next mental health series on Wednesday, Oct 19 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. over zoom. Learn practical ways to improve parental warmth which is one of the key areas of principle-based parenting. Children who experience parental warmth are found to experience less depression and have healthier self esteem. For more information please visit

Local Makers Market

RATON— Sunday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Gate City Brewing Company in Raton. Shop Gate City’s handcrafted marketplace where you can shop for the best local-made goods. Come celebrate over a dozen local and regional artisans and independent makers in a comfortable outdoor brewery enviroment.

Hocus Pocus showing and party

RATON— Raton Lion’s Club presents Hocus Pocus 1 & 2 on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 4 – 8:30 p.m. at Shuler Theater in Raton.  This one-evening family-centered festival celebrates fall and the Disney’s sequel to Hocus Pocus 2. Activities Include: The showing of Hocus Pocus 1 and 2, free chance at door prizes, concession stand, $1 raffle tickets for big prize, costume contest and more! Come dressed as your favorite witch, warlock, ghoul, or more! Entry is by donation. All Proceeds benefit upgrades and upkeep of City of Bethlehem

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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