Contact Us

Upcoming Events for October 7, 2021

throughout our world

USDA Forest Service waives fees for Veterans Day

OUR WORLD  —  The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, will waive fees, where charged, at day‐use recreation sites in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and the Bighorn, Medicine Bow and Shoshone National Forests in Wyoming in honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11th.
The Forest Service offers several fee‐free days annually to encourage Americans to explore the outdoors and visit their public lands. The fee waiver includes many Forest Service picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, or other permits still apply. Fees will continue to be charged at Forest Service standard amenity fee recreation sites operated by concessionaires, unless individual managers choose to participate.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

OUR WORLD — Celebrated between September 15 and October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the cultures and histories of people in the US who came from, or whose ancestors came from, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Spain. This years theme “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope” is a story well-known in the Hispanic community. It highlights how steep challenges emulate how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto resilience and hope.
Take time to reflect on all of the contributions Hispanics have made in the past, consider how many more contributions will continue to be made in the future, and remember that we are stronger when we work together.

Human Rights at the Philosophy Café

OUR WORLD — Human Rights – we hear about them almost every day in a variety of contexts. “Human right violations of prisoners, of people with disabilities, of immigrants/refugees, of women etc.”
But we rarely pause to think about what Human Rights actually are and what the foundation is for the concept of Human Rights. It’s not just a legal theme, or political theme, but also a philosophical theme.
Modern philosophy, starting with Kant, views a human right as a special sort of inherent right, that humans have because they are special beings, namely human beings. Some view human rights as ‘made up’ concepts, political fabrications. Others say they are (God-given) morally significant natural rights, standards independent from political or cultural context. Some don’t tie it to a moral foundation, but to a more existentialist perspective: humans as beings with special capacities such as autonomy, critical thinking abilities, aspirations, decision making. Some associate human rights strongly with legal frameworks, such as international conventions.
So let’s explore this together during our next Philosophy Cafe on Monday evening, October 11th at 5p.m. This discussion will take place on Zoom, so in order to RSVP for the event and receive a link to the discussion as well as associated readings, email Tom Potter at

Change of Venue for Grief Circle

OUR WORLD — The Grief Circle Support Group sponsored by Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice will still be on the second Wednesday of the month but will have a new time and location. A move to the Harry Sayer Senior Center at 1222 San Pedro Ave in Trinidad will make the program more accessible.  We will start the group at 1p.m. on October 13th.  Zoom sign in:
Death Café will continue at 2p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month. This month it will be offered on October 27th by Zoom only.


Huerfano Farmers Markets

HUERFANO — There are a whole bunch of Farmers Markets taking place each week in Huerfano County. Enough, in fact, that you could go to a new market every day from Thursday to Sunday. If that’s not your style, swing on by the closest one to you for fresh local fruits and veggies and hand-crafted goods.
The Gardner Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church.
The Walsenburg Farmers Market takes place on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Heritage Park.
The La Veta Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in front of the Francisco Fort Museum.
The Cuchara Farmers Market takes place on Fridays from 4p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile.

Huerfano area AA and NA

HUERFANO — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

James Bond at the Fox Theater

WALSENBURG – This weekend’s movie is “No Time To Die,” rated PG-13 with a run time of 2 hours 43 minutes.
James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain who’s armed with dangerous new technology.
Movie showtimes are OPENING NIGHT Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 3:00 PM.
Movie ticket prices are $7.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Students and Teachers, $5.00 for Children (ages 5 to 12).
We are very excited to be hosting this movie on OPENING NIGHT! It’s been a while since studios have given us a movie on OPENING NIGHT! More info at!

Fun Fridays continue!

HUERFANO — Fun Fridays Continue with the following line-up of Fall/Winter Activities.
Oct 8: Roller Skating
November 5: Bowling
December 3: Hooper Pool
January 21: Sledding
February 25: Pueblo Altitude Trampoline Park
March 25: Pueblo Zoo
April 29: Fishing & Archery
Sponsored by Two Peaks Fitness. $10/child if parent is gym member; $15 for non-members. For children of all ages. Guardian must be present for children under the age of 5.
Limited scholarships available.
Background checks performed for all adult chaperones.
Signup forms available at or can be filled out at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St in La Veta. We must receive your paperwork and payment no later than the Wednesday prior to that activity for logistics planning. Each activity has a different time – details available when registering.
For questions or more information call Two Peaks Fitness at 719-742-3555.

Two New Art Shows in La Veta

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites everyone to see two new art exhibits, now on display until November 6th. The Fall Show includes original artwork by 15 area artists in a variety of media and styles. The Inner Idea Arts, a group of artists influenced by Peggy Zehring’s classes at La Veta School of the Arts are showing in the SPACe Fuller Gallery. Two of Rena Kaplowitz’s new pieces will be included in the show, with proceeds from the sale of her pieces going directly into her recovery fund. There will be a reception for both shows Saturday, Oct 9th, 5 – 7p.m., with refreshments and no admission fee. The SPACe Gallery in the Park is open Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11a.m. and 3p.m. and on Saturdays from 10a.m. to 3p.m. Located at 132 W. Ryus. Phone 719 742-3074. WWW.SPANISHPEAKSARTS.ORG

John Mall Homecoming Weekend

WALSENBURG – John Mall High School’s homecoming festivities, slated for this week, have been postponed as a result of several recent challenges the school has faced.
The school just returned to in-person learning last Friday, after a COVID-19 outbreak forced two weeks of remote classes. On Monday, some 20 students, mainly freshmen and a few sophomores, were sent home to quarantine because  they had come in contact with a staff member who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, according to Huerfano School District RE-1 Superintendent Mike Moore.
In addition, he said inclement weather predicted for Friday put the parade in doubt and Friday night’s homecoming football game cannot be played because opponent Sargent High School had to postpone because they are also in quarantine.
“The principal wants to ensure that all students and grade levels are able to participate,” Moore said.
He said the school will hold a homecoming, but the date has not yet been determined.

Friends of the Library sale

WALSENBURG – The Friends of the Library are hosting a Book Sale on Thursday and Friday Oct. 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. FOL could use your help in setting up books and sorting and closing up on Friday.  Hope to see you there!

Poetry at La Veta Library

LA VETA —  An Afternoon of Poetry in honor of The Unknown will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, 3- 5p.m. at The La Veta Public Library. Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!). For more information: Tom (743-3776) Robin(742-3398). Mask required.

New Qi Gong Classes Beginning

WALSENBURG – Qi Gong (pronounced Chee Gong)  is an ancient Chinese practice with a series of flowing movements and slow breaths that give us power. Qi is the life force that circulates through the body, bringing vitality to every organ and structure in the body.
Join us Mondays and Thursdays at 12p.m. and 5p.m. each day beginning October 14th at Healing Arts Therapeutics, 527 Main St. Each session will focus on body movements emphasizing varying subjects from Mindfulness, High Blood Pressure, Headaches/Migraines, Energy and Vitality, and Stress and Anxiety. For more information call Beckie 719.989.8747 or email
Bring your yoga mat if you have one or just kick off your shoes and enjoy the true art of well-being
through movement. Grab a friend or just come meet some new ones!

Huerfano Re-1 Band/Choir Concert

WALSENBURG – On Thursday, October 14th at 6:30p.m., the John Mall High School Band and Choir will have a concert at the Washington Auditorium.

Rosary Rally

WALSENBURG – What the world needs now is love, unity, and prayer. Join others in prayer at a Rosary Rally at noon on Saturday, October 16 in Miners’ Plaza. Everyone is welcome, even if you don’t own a rosary or know how to use it.

New Hope Community Church Young People Rally

LA VETA —  A rally for young people of faith ages 12-18 will be celebrated Sunday, Oct. 17th at New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, 801 Pennsylvania from 5 to 7 p.m.
Peer support is vital for young people living out their faith in an increasingly faithless world. This event is designed to encourage young people to persist in fellowship with other like-minded teenagers. The Encourager Rally will begin  with food and fun activities. Music will be provided by the Majestic Praise Band of Pueblo, with a brief program to follow. Local attendees will be joined by youth from area churches. Adults are welcome to attend as well. For more information call Pastor Shults at 719-937-1989 or at

LVPL Milagro Beanfield War Trifecta

LA VETA — A 3-part series exploring the Milagro Beanfield War will be presented at the La Veta Library on October 7th, 14th, and 21st.  Those are all Thursdays and the programs will begin at 2pm in the upstairs meeting room.
In 1974 John Nichol published a novel titled the Milagro Beanfield War, a comical yet heartfelt tale of one town’s resistance against a big business with political backing.  Now almost 50 years, the story still has relevance with the gentrification and scarcity of water being topics that have yet to be resolved.14 years later, Director Robert Redford turned the novel into a movie. Filmed in Truchas, New Mexico, the film is set in the fictional town of Milagro population 426 and tells one man’s struggle as he defends his small beanfield against big business and pressure from the state.
October 7- we will show the Milagro Beanfield War movie directed by Robert Redford.
October 14 – we will have a discussion guided by Bob Heffenhauser comparing the book and the movie.  You will enjoy this exchange of ideas even if you have not read the book or seen the movie.
October 21 – Eugene Jacques from San Luis will be our guest speaker. Eugene is the  ” mayordomono” (steward) for the ditches with historical  water rights as well as bean farmer raising his great grandmother’s heritage beans. His story is both modern and ancient and not to be missed! Join us for any or all of the components for discussion and education.

Little Shop of Horrors Audition at FCPA

LA VETA — Tuesday, October 19; 5:00-8:00 pm; at the Francisco Center for Performing Arts at 127 W. Francisco Street, La Veta. Open to ages 14 and up, male and female. Come join the most exciting and talented community theatre around! If auditioning for the musical, please come with a prepared acappella vocal solo (max 2 minutes).
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring written information of past experiences in theatre, dance and/or voice. Sign-up for an audition time slot by texting only 719-989-1531 or 719-298-8701. Due to space limitations, please do not show up more than 5 minutes before your time slot.

Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir

LA VETA — Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is excited to once again offer a community singing experience.
Our first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. to talk about what our 2021-2022 season and rehearsal schedule will look like and determine what our “voicing” will be. THIS IS A NON-AUDITIONED CHOIR. Rehearsals will start in November. We are excited to see you all!

St. Mary Fall Festival
WALSENBURG – St. Mary Catholic Church in Walsenburg invites you to a Fall Festival, Sunday, October 24, noon to 3p.m. in Msgr. Delaney Hall, 121 East 7th St.
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat taco bar for just $10 (kids 10 and under just $5), and lots of fun activities to celebrate the season. Win a cake at the cake walk (or a pie in the cow-pie stroll), bid on a one-of-a-kind surprise in the purse/man-bag  auction, and take a fun pic in the dress-up photo booth. And kids in costume win a bag of candy! Raffle tickets are on sale now for prizes of $300, $150, and $50. Call Jeanette at 719-738-1204 to purchase. All proceeds go to replace the church’s ancient boiler with a modern HVAC system.

La Veta Library Scary Story Contest

LA VETA — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students and adults can enter in any or all of three categories with original entries: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. $50 first prize will be awarded in each category! Submissions are due October 25. For more information, contact the library or email Stephanie at Let your dark inner artist shine through!

Halloween Costume Party

WALSENBURG – All are welcome at the Fraternal Order of Eagle’s Halloween Costume Party, Saturday October 30th. Doors open at 7p.m., the live band Planet O starts at 8p.m. for your dancing or listening pleasure! There are costume prizes, lots of snacks and a lot of fun! Tickets are $10 per person at the door. Eagle’s hall at 614 Main Street in Walsenburg. Hope to see you there!

Trick or Treating with the Eagles

WALSENBURG – Missing the kids on Halloween? No one rings the doorbell anymore in your neighborhood? The Eagle’s Hall is opening their doors to anyone who wants to bring some candy to pass out see all of the cute costumes once again! Sunday, October 31st from 4p.m.-7p.m. at 614 Main Street in Walsenburg. Parents, bring your kids for a SAFE Halloween Trick or Treating at the eagle’s Hall.

Trunk or Treat
WALSENBURG – St. Mary Catholic Church invites all good little boys and ghouls to a Trunk or Treat in the St. Mary parking lot on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, from 5 – 7p.m. Please walk, don’t drive, through the lot. Fun-loving adults are invited to dress up a car, sign up for a space in the lot, and be in the lot by 4:15p.m. to join in the treat-ing. Call the parish center at 719-738-1204 to sign up for a space.


Nordista Freeze and Future Crib at the Trinidad Lounge

TRINIDAD  — On Thursday, October 7th, Nordista Freeze and Future Crib will be performing at the Trinidad Lounge.
NPR described Nordista Freeze as “the most beautiful and perfect example of the Nashville music scene” and the Nashville Scene declared “the cosmic Tom Petty” as most likely to “rule” in 2019 with his modern, timeless sound. Freezes distinct fusion of 60s pop and modern psychedelia has infatuated audiences across the US & Canada. Infamous for tireless DIY touring (400 shows since 2016) and prolific composition (20+ albums since 2012), his monstrous stage presence & Beach Boys harmonies convert lifelong fans at every show.
Future Crib is a five-piece band of creatives based in Nashville, TN, that deliver dynamic performances that bounce between poppy make-you-wanna-dance tunes and experimental yet engaging tracks that prod at lifes shared realities. Theres a clear preference for good songs and exciting sounds over genre bounds and expectations, and this is evident on their newalbum, Full Time Smile, which released in
September. Over all, Future Crib creates music for everyone, inviting all to a fun,
Catch all these great artists on October 7th at the Trinidad Lounge! Doors open at 7p.m. and the show will start at 8ish. Tickets are $10 apiece and you must be 21 or older to attend the show.

Blue Water Highway at the ‘Dad Lounge

TRINIDAD  — On Friday, October 8th, Blue Water Highway will be playing at the Trinidad Lounge. Blue Water Highway comes from the working class, coastal town background that has informed the work of so many classic American musicians. They take their name from the roadway that links their hometown of Lake Jackson, Texas to Galveston, where the cops, the teachers, and the chemical plant workers travel to work hard and to play hard, blowing off steam, dancing to their favorite bands. Blue Water Highway’s music is the soundtrack for their lives.
Doors open at 7p.m. with an 8p.m.ish show start. Tickets are $10, and you must be 21 or older to attend.

Riley Downing and Kassi Valazza at the ‘Dad Lounge

TRINIDAD  — On Monday, October 11th, Riley Downing and his band with Kassi Valazza will be performing at the Trinidad Lounge.
You may know Downing from his work with acclaimed New Orleans combo the Deslondes, or perhaps from his similarly rootsy and wide-ranging catalog of songs with the Tumbleweeds. Indeed, the Missouri-based singer/songwriter’s ability to set gripping, evocative narratives within soundscapes that weave together country, blues, folk, R&B, bluegrass, rock, soul, and  whatever else catches his ear is something that, once you hear it, is hard to shake free from.
Doors open at 7p.m. with an 8p.m.ish show start. Tickets are $12, and you must be 21 or older to attend.

Trinidad Housing Survey

TRINIDAD  — As Trinidad grows, we are faced with the challenge of creating new housing and facilitating the increase in economic activity that comes along with growth. Where that growth will take place and how will it change the character of existing neighborhoods is a question of great importance and one that is shaped by how the city regulates land use.
Now we are trying to allow for new growth that allows for aging in place and promotes economic
development and vibrancy, so we have launched a survey to guide our actions and align that growth with the community’s current values. Some changes may be popular city-wide, while others may only be popular and appropriate in certain neighborhoods or parts of town. The goal is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but to ensure that new development is attractive and serves the community’s current and future needs.
Please follow this link to complete the survey:

Halloween at the Aguilar Public Library

AGUILAR  — Come join the fun of Halloween! On Friday, October 29th at the Aguilar Public Library  at 146 West Main Street from 12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m., there will be several fun themed activities including small pumpkin decorating and a reading of Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. Halloween cookies & apple cider will also be served.
If you have any questions, call the library at 719-941-4426

Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra Spooky Symphony

TRINIDAD  — The Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra will be putting on a Spooky Symphony event this Halloween, October 31st from 4p.m.-5p.m. Join us for music and Halloween fun! Costumes are encouraged!
Please RSVP at the following link:
Call 575-420-7747 for more information.

Trinidad Historical Society Fall Banquet Dinner

TRINIDAD  — The Trinidad Historical Society will be hosting a fall banquet November 5th at 6p.m. in the Pioneer Room of the Sullivan Student Center at Trinidad State college.  A meal will be served consisting of Chicken Piccata, roasted potatoes, green beans, dessert and a beverage for $20 per person.
This year’s program, entitled “Pieces From the Past – Letters From Former POWs, is interesting and unique.  Presenter Melva Nolan will speak about a recently published book she has written featuring letters from former German Prisoners of War who had been held at Camp Trinidad during WWI
Reservations can be made through October 28 by contacting Carol Schleich at (719) 846-3456 or Judy Mangino at (719) 846-4323.


Colexico Experience:  Spaghetti & Western Film Festival

RATON  —  On October 15th and 16th, We’re bringing Colorado and New Mexico together (Colexico) by locomotive and teleporting some lucky festival goers to the “Rocky Mountain Land Of Enchantment” for a weekend of scenic train rides, western films and pasta-paloozas.
You are invited to participate in one of three experiences; The Trinidad Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Trinidad, Colorado, The Raton Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Raton, New Mexico, and The Colexico Experience, in which festival goers will utilize Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Train to spend their nights in Trinidad and the day in Raton, experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes found on both sides of the border.
No matter what package you choose, the weekend will feature a pasta dinner provided by local eateries, your choice of classic or new western film viewing, comedy, and dancing.
Colexico Experience Passes are no longer for sale,  but there are still spaces open for the Raton and Trinidad Experiences. Learn more and get your tickets while they last at

Costume Contest and Trick or Treating

RATON  —  On Friday, October 29th at 3:30p.m. in Ripley  Park, there will be a costume contest sponsored by Raton MainStreet, the Raton Police Officer association, and the Raton Elks Lodge #865. The RPOA will be donating cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in both the boys’ and girls’ costume contest divisions.
After the contest, there will be safe trick or treating at participating downtown businesses. Finally, the whole even will wrap up at the Elks Lodge for hot dogs and punch!

Witch Walk
RATON  —  On Saturday, October 30th from 6p.m. – midnight, witches will take to the streets of Raton…
Well, they’ll take to the streets, but spend most of their time in the bars! That’s right, the Raton Witch Walk Bar Crawl is taking place this year as a fundraiser for Raton Elks Lodge charities. Drinks, dancing, raffles, games – it will be a fun night by any measure.
Tickets are $30 per participant and include drinks & appetizers at 5 stops plus one ticket to a private dance party with CappTon Reid. Register at the Old Pass Gallery by October 27th. (Additional private party dance tickets can be purchased for $5 with registration.)

Dread Persephone

Part of the What Do You Kow About That series by Ruth Orr GREECE — As is so often the case with this column, anything

Read More »


OUR WORLD — For the third straight year, the World Journal has been named the best newspaper in its class in the 2023 Colorado Press

Read More »