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Upcoming Events for October 20, 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.


Call for 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:

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.
Applications are available at the Heritage Center, and at the World Journal office, 508 Main in Walsenburg.
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.

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.

Drumline family and friends performance

WALSENBURG—Please join us this Friday Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the football field for the JMHS Drumline’s family and friends performance! The drumline will be performing songs they have learned throughout the semester so far. There will be snacks and hot cocoa.

Weekend movie at the FOX

WALSENBURG— The historic Fox Theatre’s free weekend of movie are Beetlejuice on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Se7en on Saturday, Oct 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Interview with the Vampire on Sunday Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. Join us in getting in the Halloween spirit with these fun, free and spooky movies.

Dorcas Circle Chile day!

WALSENBURG— Bring your appetites to Dorcas, 911 Mains St, Walsenburg this Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. We will have green chile and red chilli by the plate, pint or quart! We will also have tortillas, cornbread, salsa, burritos, sopapillas and lots more goodies. All proceeds benefit the purchase of the Dorcas building. The store will also be open during this time. Come help support this great community program while shopping and enjoying some delicious food.

Volunteer Weekend at Cuchara Mountain Park

CUCHARA— Join us Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. We have some tasks we need help with to get Cuchara Mountain Park ready for skiing. This is one of the many ways to help us return skiing to Cuchara. Bring work gloves and some tools, we’ll provide lunch!

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 Russell St.

Free Wellness Checkups

HUERFANO— Free Wellness Checkups Thursday Oct. 27 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St in La Veta. Coral Anderson, RN will be checking Blood Pressure, Oxygen, Pulse, and more. Vial of Live materials available.

Meet the Candidate Karl Sporleder for County Commissioner

WALSENBURG— Saturday, Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m. at Heritage Park on Main St across from the court house.  Karl will discuss his platform and answer questions. Come share your visions and offer your comments and concerns for the future of Huerfano County. Ty Winter, Candidate for Colorado House of Representatives, District 47 will also join us to answer any of your questions, too. Hope to see you there!

Hike the City of Walsenburg with La Veta Trails

WALSENBURG— Please join La Veta Trails for a hike of the City of Walsenburg led by Edie Flanagin and George Orlowski on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. The hike will be about 3 miles on city sidewalks and alleyways. The 3 mile loop will connect parks, recreational sites, Art Walk, and the downtown business district. The hike will start at Heritage Park at the corner or Main St. and the Rail Depot. If you. have questions, please call (719) 890-4071 or email

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!

Baby & Toddler storytime at SPLD

WALSENBURG— Beginning Monday, Oct. 24 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 storytimes 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.

Water Conservancy District Board Meeting

HUERFANO— The monthly board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell St, Walsenburg, CO, on Monday, October 24, at 6 p.m. The draft agenda for the meeting can be found on the district’s website: .

Halloween Spooktacular Friday

WALSENBURG— The JMHS Music Department is putting on a Halloween Spooktacular performance with the Huerfano Winds Community Concert Band on Friday, Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m. at Washington Auditorium, 201 E 5th St. The performance with include a spooky haunted hallway experience, a murder mystery play performed by the theater class, and songs performed by the bands and choir.

Haunted Huerfano Programs

HUERFANO— We are getting spookily close to the Haunted Huerfano programs. The first one will be on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg; we will be sharing ghost stories, stories of the supernatural and the unexplained. Plus, Ron Sandoval has shared some great pictures of the family cemeteries in the Red Wing, Chama area. At 1:30 p.m. the library will have a free showing of Coco, the delightful, animated movie with a Dia de Los Muertos theme. It is great for kids of all ages.
On Saturday, October 29 at 11 a.m., La Veta Library is hosting a similar event, but with the addition of the Prism Paranormal researchers that have done “ghostbuster” investigations in our area! Fascinating
stuff. I still would like to have more stories and/or storytellers! Contact Sandy at: or 719-251-1271.

Fall Follies at The Francisco Center

LA VETA – The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present its final show of the season, Fall Follies, featuring musical acts and entertaining performances by local favorite talent. Close out the theater season with stellar entertainment! This fun show will be hosted by: Chris Workmon. The show is two nights, Friday October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m. All tickets are general admission and will go fast. Tickets and information are available at and on Facebook. The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is located at 127 W. Francisco St. in La Veta.

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.

Cucharas River Trail Hike with La Veta Trails

LA VETA— Please join the La Veta Trails for a hike of the proposed route of the Cucharas River Trail. We will walk the 1.5 mile route connecting four open spaces, including prairie, river, riparian, and the riparian forest ecosystems. The hike will be about three miles on town gravel roads and natural surface open space areas and will require walking up small hills. We will meet at the west end of La Veta Town Park, Saturday, Oct. 29 10 a.m. If you have questions, please call (719) 890-4071 or email:

Trick-or-Treat at the Library

LA VETA— Stop by the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main St on Monday, Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. (or untill we run out) We’ll be handing out treats and a book on the front porch.

Trunk or Treat in La Veta

LA VETA— Monday, Oct. 31 4:30-6:30 p.m. Join us Halloween night at the Spanish Peaks Church located on Main in La Veta for Trunk or Treat!

Trunk or Treat in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG—  Bring the kids out for a safe, fun Halloween Trunk or Treat on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot, behind Carl’s Jr. in Walsenburg. There will be fun decorated cars with candy, games, cocoa, and a drawing for a grand prize. Sponsored by Praise Church meeting at 311 West 4th St. and St. Mary Catholic Church in Walsenburg.  Want to set up a creatively decorated trunk? Come by 5:30 to choose your spot. Call Pastor Juanita at 719-369-8364 or Mary Jo at 719-989-0969 for information.

FCPA Show Choir starting up

LA VETA— We’re back! Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir is excited to start our fifth season of entertainment. This is a non-auditioned choir and offers a community singing experience starting on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Francisco Center for the Performing Arts, 127 West Francisco, La Veta. So take your fabulous voices out of the shower and join in preparing a show for late-February or early-March. The FCPA Show Choir is under the primary direction of Sam Sortore, but also includes the conducting experience of Peggy Arnold-Hoobler and Joanne Vargo. Let’s get together and see what happens. Questions? Call Di Sortore at 303 882 7764.

Senior Resource Vendors wanted

HUERFANO— Mt. Rose Health Center with generous support from Next Fifty Initiative is holding a Senior Resource Fair on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg. If you offer any service that is of interest or provides service to elders (or those who care about them) please consider being part of this event. There will be lots of good things going! No charge for participation. Contact Arleigh Bailey at to reserve your space. Seniors plan to attend for lots of good information and great door prizes!

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.
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).


Fake News: a conversation among concerned adults

TRINIDAD—  With the important mid-term election coming soon on November 8th, we can expect a flood of information, misinformation and disinformation coming at us from all directions. We’ll start with a short discussion about the history of fake news, and then we’ll talk about what we can do about it; how to identify fake news, how to fact-check fake news, how to react to fake news and how to stop fake news. Join us this Friday, Oct. 21, 4 to 5 p.m. Downstairs in the Community Room at the Trinidad Public Library. Free and open to the public.

Wormhole mtn. bike meetup

TRINIDAD— Join Tarantula Cycles for a weekly Mountain bike meetup this Friday, Oct. 21 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.

1st Annual Dinner & Dance Church Hall Fundraiser

AGUILAR— Join us on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Bar & Grill. We will be serving salad, lasagna, bread, dessert, coffee and tea. There will also be music by Matt for dancing. All proceeds go to the Church Hall.

Safe Trick or Treat in downtown Trinidad

TRINIDAD— Friday, Oct. 28 from 3 – 5 p.m. is our annual Safe Trick or Treat, downtown. Bring your family in costume to trick or treat on Main Street and Commercial, sponsored by 1 st National Bank.

Family Literacy Night

TRINIDAD— Friday, Oct. 28, 5:30-7 p.m., come to the library to explore, learn, and make something together at Family Literacy Night at the Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad. All attendees will have the chance to enter to win a door prize. Snacks will be provided.

Indoor Winter Farmers Market and Kids costume contest

TRINIDAD— Support local farmers at our first indoor farmers market on Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Flo-Jo’s Event Hall, 125 N. Chestnut Street, Trinidad. Bring the kiddos with their Halloween costumes on for our costume contest too! We are also holding a food drive for the Somebody Cares Project. They work tirelessly to distribute much needed food & supplies to the rural areas in and around Las Animas County.

Chili Cook Off Fundraiser

AGUILAR— The Apishapa Valley Historical Society in Aguilar will bring back the annual “Chili Cook Off” fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Aguilar Community Center. What is your specialty?   Wild game, pork green chili?   No entry fee.   Prizes for best green and best red chili!  If entering your chili, bring to the back door of the Community Center before 9:45 AM.   They will then be judged and ready to serve from 11:00 AM till  there’s no more chili!   A $6.00 donation for a bowl of choice, condiments, drink & dessert.  $3.00 kids 6 and under.   Door prizes and “peoples choice” award!  Funds are used to maintain the Apishapa Valley Heritage Center & Museum.  We are closed for the year, except by reservation.  Call 719-406-5203 or 719-859-0918 for more info.

Monster Mash- Annual Fundraising Gala

TRINIDAD— Join us Saturday Oct. 29 from 6:30-11 p.m. for our annual fundraising gala for A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art.  $75 includes dinner, cash bar, costumes encouraged, Robbie and the Reckless will be playing. Tickets can be purchased online through our website at www.

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.

Giant unclaimed items sale

CIMARRON— Join us on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Philmont Scout Ranch Welcome Center, NM-21, Cimarron. All unclaimed items from Philmont lost and found will be up for sale. All proceeds go to local Scout Troop #86. We have everything from coats to fishing poles to watches and everything in between.

Halloween Bingo

RATON— Raton’s Tiger Booster Club is hosting Halloween Bingo on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 12 – 3 p.m. Wear your costume and have some and plat bingo for a chance to win a $200 cash prize. Frito Pies and other concessions will be available for purchase. Join us at Raton High School Cafeteria 1535 Tiger Circle, Raton.

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.

Halloween Crawl & Trunk or Treat

SPRINGER— Saturday, Oct 28, 3 – 6 p.m. starting and ending at Salon/Blooming Creations, 306 Maxwell Ave in Springer with costume awards to follow at 6 p.m.  We will “crawl” through the streets of Springer visiting all the participating businesses and trunks. Wear your best costumes for a chance to win big prizes!

Hall of Heroes Exhibit

RATON— Raton Museum presents the Hall of Heros Exhibit Oct. 12 – Nov. 12, Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free for Veterans, active duty military personnel and First Responders. We are also raising funds for a new Goat Hill flag. Drop off or mail your contribution to 108 S. 2nd Street, Raton, NM 87740. Please indicate Flag Fund on the memo line of the check.

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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