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Medical students in need of housing

OUR WORLD— Southeastern Colorado AHEC is looking for host homes for medical students.  Students need a private bedroom with a lock and access to a bathroom and kitchen, and will stay between 25 and 112 nights.  Students provide their own linens, towels, and food, and they do pay rent.  Counties served include Huerfano and Las Animas.  For more info, contact SECAHEC student housing coordinator Debra Ball at 719-544-7833 or email debra.ball@secahec.org.

Love is a Joyful Noise- Concert

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS— You are invited to the Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble’s presentation of their summer Songfest concert of Spirituals, Gospel and Grace, “Love is a Joyful Noise”, and you have three venues to choose from!  Friday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m. at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main St., La Veta. Saturday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. at Villa Jubilee, 3001 County Rd. 330, Walsenburg; Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m.  at the  Apishapa Valley Chapel, 309 S. Romero St., Aguilar.  Please call 719-742-5333 for directions and more information.  As usual, we’ll have a concert full of downright, upliftin’, finger-snappin’, foot-tappin’, hand-clappin’ FUN.  Come join us, one and all! As always, admission is FREE.

HUERFANO

First Friday Art Walk

LA VETA — Meet us in the La Veta Creative District on Friday, September 2, from 5 – 7 p.m. for the First Friday Art Walk! Explore shops and galleries; meet local, national, and international artists; and dine at breweries and restaurants! All activities associated with the First Friday Art Walk are free! For more information, contact Kate McCabe at 303.746.8323 or info@lavetacreativedistrict.org. This event is sponsored by the La Veta Creative District, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), the Town of La Veta, and the Huerfano County Government.

Shawn Brown at Deerprint
 
LA VETA— Shawn Brown, master of the Hammond B3 and Most Soulful Vocalist this side of the Mississippi, learned music while playing Gospel with his family. He has shared the stage with Al Green, Clarence Clemons, Christopher Cross, Earth Wind & Fire, Keith Sweat, Ronnie Earl, Lucky Peterson, and Percy Sledge. Shawn Brown will be playing at Deerprint in La Veta on Friday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m.

El Fandango at Lathrop State Park

WALSENBURG— To launch your Labor Day weekend, join us for a performance of the wonderful El Fandango Dancers, a local folkloric dance group. This group began as a high school Spanish club in 1938 and has turned into a dance group for all ages. They are expanding this year, starting a new after school dance program at Peakview school. The four current dancers will be competing at an international dance competition September 23 and 24 at CSU Pueblo’s Hoag Hall.  This weekend’s program is free and happens Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Amphitheater. Park passes are required on all vehicles entering the park. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

An hour of dance and nothing else

LA VETA—Come and quiet your inner and outer dialogue while moving to a variety of fun dance rhythms. Bring your water bottle, wear comfortable clothing (masks are optional), and leave your inner critic and inhibitions at the door. Join us on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 7 – 8 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile and only dance for about an hour, so please be prompt. All ages are welcome, and a suggested donation of $5 helps support the venue. Just to be clear, this is not a social dance party, nor is it a spectator event. Conversations are a distraction to those who came for the music, so if you must talk, please take it outside. Thanks in advance!

Home Cooked Meal Concert

WALSENBURG— Free show this Friday, Sept 2 at 7 p.m. at Miner’s Plaza downtown Walsenburg. This concert is featuring a lot of local artists from right here in Walsenburg and across Colorado. Join us for some great music made possible by the Fox Theatre, Walsenburg.

Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1187 meeting change

WALSENBURG— The Walsenburg FOE 1187 Auxiliary has changed their September meeting dates due to the holiday weekend on Sept. 2. Meetings are now scheduled for Sept. 9 and Sept. 23. The group welcomes new members.  To learn more, please contact the secretary, Deb Montoya at debymontoya@yahoo.com.

Junior Rangers: Dissecting owl pellets

WALSENBURG— Junior Rangers aged 2 and up. Come learn about owls and how brilliantly their bodies are designed to make them incredibly silent. effective hunters. Then, roll up your sleeves and engage in hands-on exploration of owl pellets. Pellets are regurgitated material, not poo. Owls’ astonishing digestive system allows food to go in one way and come out two ways. They eat their prey whole and regurgitate bits of bone, teeth and fur. This program is free and happens Saturday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. Meet near the Swim Beach Playground at Lathrop State Park. Be sure to bring a parent(s) or guardian(s). Park passes are required on all vehicles entering the park. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

Virginia Sanchez (and more) returning to Huerfano County

WALSENBURG—“The other 4-H: Huerfano Honors Hispano Heritage” hosted by Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is pleased to have Ms. Sanchez, noted historian and author, at the Walsenburg Community Center Saturday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. to again share her in depth research and understanding of early Hispano history in Huerfano County. Norberto Valdez, PhD, retired Ethnic Studies professors will also present “Mi Querencia: The Importance of Regional Identity and History From 3 – 5 p.m., Michael Rael, from Questa New Mexico will entertain with traditional music of the Southwest for listening and dancing. That will be at the Miners Plaza at 6th and Main in Walsenburg. The day will culminate from 5 to 7 p.m. with the Museum of Friends, 600 S. Main in Walsenburg inviting the community to an opening of the inaugural event of photos of Early Families of Huerfano County. All events are free, and everyone is invited.

Hike: Rock Evidence for the End of the Dinosaurs

WALSENBURG— Curious about evidence for how the dinosaurs died? 66 million years ago a 10-15 km asteroid landed offshore of the Yucatan Peninsula. From the top of the Hogback, we will have an aerial view of Martin & Horseshoe Lakes. These two lakes bear some similarities to a paleo fossil site in North Dakota called the Hell Creek Formation. In that area, lakes sloshing so violently due to the big earthquakes that flash floods buried tons of creatures, which were then encapsulated in the rock record, along with the iridium layer from the asteroid’s fallout. Our guide is geologist/geophysicist Dr. Heloise Lynn. This hike is free and happens Saturday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. starting from the Amphitheater. Water, sunscreen and a hat are suggested. Park passes are required on all vehicles entering the park. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

First Annual Fish Fry

LA VETA— Come one, come all to the 1st Annual Fish Fry sponsored by the La Veta Village Ladies Auxiliary and scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco, La Veta, CO. $10 per plate for adults; $5 per plate for children 5 years and under. Cat fish and all the fixin’s will be served. Music by Carol Dunn, friends, and Michael Steward. It will be a grand time for all.

Grandote Golf Club grand opening

LA VETA—Saturday, Sept. 3 from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. at  The Peaks Steakhouse. Join us for free food, drinks, music and dancing. Come see the newly renovated club house and meet the staff. Grandote Golf Club is located at 5540 CO-12 in La Veta.

Opening Reception at SPACe Gallery

LA VETA—Everyone is invited to the opening reception at SPACe this Saturday, Sept. 3, 5 – 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and there is no admission fee; however, donations are gratefully accepted. The reception is for two new shows  “Changes-Fall Show” and a solo exhibition of new works by Albert Anderson Clymer. 20 area artists working in a variety of media & styles, with many affordable works of art, comprise the “Changes-Fall Show”. Clymer’s new works reflect his exploration into expressionistic abstraction while still speaking to the plight of Native Americans in the past. The SPACe Gallery is located at 132 W. Ryus, in the La Veta Town Park. Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tues. through Sat. Call 719 742-3074 for information.

Remembrance of the 21st year passing of the 911 attacks at MoF

WALSENBURG—It is with great pleasure that the Museum of Friends will feature the works of two unique artists in remembrance of the 21st year passing of the 911 attacks. These exhibits open simultaneously in two ground floor galleries side by side on Saturday September 3rd and run through December 30th, 2022. Please join us for the opening celebration Saturday, Sept. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. to meet artist Dawn Siebel. On Saturday September 17th at 1 pm please join us for a public program scheduled with our local first responders, firemen and American Legion to commemorate the events of 911. All events are being held at 600 Main Street in Walsenburg.

Movie on the greens

WALSENBURG—  Join the Fox Theatre at the Walsenburg Golf course on Saturday, Sept. 3 at dusk for this week’s movie on the green Cool Hand Luke (PG).
Admission is free and concessions are available for purchase. Donations accepted to help pay for the nearly $2,000 event. Kids activities start at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30.  Enter Lathrop State Park and follow signs to the golf course. You DO NOT need to pay for a park pass. Access to the golf course is FREE.

A Trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp

WALSENBURG—  Do you love all things mountain? Join us in the Amphitheater for Bruce Johnson’s slide show about his trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. This program is free and happens Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Park passes are required on all vehicles entering the park. For questions or more information, please contact Lathrop State Park at 719.738.2376. The park is located at 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg.

Wonderful Weed Walks & Fun Flower Frolics with Bob Kennemer

LA VETA— Wednesday Wonderful Weed Walks & Fun Flower Frolics with Bob Kennemer. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood… to learn more about the wild flowers, weeds, edible, medicinal, useful, and poisonous plants in your neighborhood! Local naturalist and environmental interpreter, Bob Kennemer will guide you on a gentle stroll through the parks, yards, streets and alleys of La Veta identifying wild plants. This program is for all ages (16 and up) and runs about an hour or a bit more. Bring a notepad, water, and questions. $5 to participate and kids are free but must be with an adult, meet in front of the library and *please be prompt!. For more information please email bobkennemer@gmail.com. Join us Wednesdays beginning Aug. 31 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and running through September.

Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce meet and greet

HUERFANO—The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will be having an end of summer meet and greet at the Mountain Merman Brewery Main St La Veta. Guest speakers will be The Panadero Corp from Cuchara and Lathrop State park manager Stacey Koury. The event will be held Wednesday, Sept.  7,  5:30 – 8 p.m.  Hordervers and non alcoholic beverages  will be provided as well as a cash bar. Everyone is welcome! Come find out what is going on in Huerfano county. For information contact info@spanishpeakschamber.com

First Time Homebuyer Class

WALSENBURG—Why buy when you can rent? Join us on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for this free class and learn about buying your first home. Classes are CHFA approved and meet HUD Certification requirements. Code of the West will provide lunch, all attendees are welcome whether working with a COTW agent, an outside agency or none at all. For more information and to register please go to www.nwsoco.org

Beer release party

LA VETA—Join us on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Mountain Merman Brewing Company in La Veta for a special beer release, La Veta Trails Ale. A collaboration between La Veta Trails and Mountain Merman, profits from the beer and T-shirt sales will benefit the nonprofit organization.

Experimental Drawing and Painting
LA VETA—La Veta School of the Arts presents Peggy Zehring’s fun, abstract, experimental drawing and painting one week or two week class which will be happening at The La Veta School of the Arts in La Veta, CO from Friday, Sept. 9, through Friday, Sept. 16.   Draw with charcoal and then use the images you created spontaneously to unfold abstract paintings. You’ll learn to make your work personal and original.  You’ll also learn color mixing, recognizing and capitalizing on your own marks, compositional excellence and much more. All levels of experience are welcome.  Cost is $375.00 a week.  For more information or to register call 719-742-3421, or e-mail LVArtSchool@yahoo.com or register online at www.theLVSA.org

Shelvis and the Roustabouts

WALSENBURG—Join us on Friday, Sept 9. at 6 p.m. for Shelvis and the Roustabouts at Miner’s Plaza, Downtown Walsenburg. Voted Denver’s Best Band (2019) by the readers of 5280 Magazine, Shelvis and the Roustabouts are an energetic Rockabilly/Americana band that consistently sells out to delighted fans.

Peakview coat drive

WALSENBURG—This year has been really tight for a lot of families. With winter around the corner, the Chucka Agency of Farmers Insurance is conducting a winter coat drive for the kids at Peakview School. The children range in ages of 3-12 years old. Please bring all gently used winter coats you may have; and they must be clean. Donations will be accepted Sept. 12 through Oct. 12, at the Chucka Agency, located at 622 S Albert St, Monday-Wednesday 10 am to 3 pm. If you have any questions, please call the Chucka Agency at 719-738-9955.

Huerfanimas- a celebration of Huerfano and Las Animas counties

CUCHARA—Panadero Ski Corporation and Cuchara Mountain Mercantile are hosting Huerfanimas – a celebration of Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. This will be a super fun evening of rock n’ roll, food, and local businesses uniting our beloved Highway of Legends. Headlining is Robbie and the Reckless from Trinidad, and their blend of country and bluesy rock with talented Mason Davis from the Cuchara Valley, opening and showing us how it’s done on the guitar! We’ll have food from Fatt Weller’s and Sexy Pizza as well as businesses from both counties showing off their goods. Thank you to Bud Hut and Urban Smoken for sponsoring our event and supporting live music! Saturday, Sept. 17, Cuchara Mountain Mercantile, Doors open at 4 p.m., Show at 5 p.m., $20 advanced/$25 doors. Advanced tickets are available at skiingcuchara.org with no fees.

LAS ANIMAS

Bake sale for Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association

TRINIDAD—Join Noah’s Ark for our bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  in front of Noah’s Ark Thrift Store and then again from 3:30 – 6 p.m. in front of Sexy Pizza. You know you can’t resist a bake sale for a good cause!

Senior Days at Books & More Books

TRINIDAD—Senior Days at Books & More Bookstore 132 N. Commercial St., Trinidad, CO, will be Friday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Most items 1/2 price.  Phone is 846-8522.

Hands-on History Fall Kickoff

TRINIDAD—Join us at the Trinidad History Museum on the Historic Santa Fe Trail, Friday, Sept. 2, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. for a free kickoff event. Hands-on History will be starting up again soon and we want to answer any questions you may have about the program, help with registration and provide a sneak peek of Hands-on History. During the event we weill put together a Colorado themes board game while answering questions about our Monday/Friday program for children grades 1-8.

Weekly Wormhole mountain bike meetup

TRINIDAD— Join Tarantula Cycles for a weekly Mountain bike meetup this Friday, Sept. 2 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.

Friday Night Live at Trinidad State Park

TRINIDAD—This Friday, Sept. 2 join us at 8 p.m. around the campfire for final Friday Night Live at Trinidad Lake State Park . Our Park Rangers inform and entertain with everything going on in around the Park.

Caveman Music Festival

WESTON—Join us Labor Day weekend at Monument Lake Resort in Weston for the best Americana music in the most beautiful place on earth. Three days of music starting on Friday, Sept. 2 lasting all weekend until Sunday Sept. 4. Musical performers include; Zach Bryan, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Grace Potter, Lucero, and many more. Three days of music, 20 + artists, hiking, fishing, kayaking and tons of fun. For more information and to get tickets please visit  www.cavemanmusicfestival.com

112th Annual Labor Day Rodeo

LAS ANIMAS— Join us for a weekend of fun at the 112th Annual Rodeo Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 3 – Monday, Sept. 5 at the Las Animas County Fair Grounds. On Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Phil Long Toyota parking lot there will be a block party and dance with The Classic Country Band playing. Sunday, Sept. 4 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. will be ‘Touch a truck’ fundraiser at LAC Fairgrounds. Monday, Sept. 9 a.m. will be the “Let It Ride” parade downtown Trinidad. For more information please visit www.trinidadroundup.homestead.com

Cooking Along the Santa Fe Trail

TRINIDAD— This Saturday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m. join us at the amphitheater at Trinidad Lake State Park  for a fun evening of contrasting early cooking methods. Experience these two distinctly different cooking methods and sample the food prepared in these unique styles, Dutch Oven and the Horno.

Guided Hike at TLSP

TRINIDAD— Join Volunteer Park Interpreter, Sydnee Waller on the Levsa Trail Sunday, Sept. 4,  8 a.m. This leisurely hike will explore the wonders of the pinion-juniper woodland ecosystem, some local history, and the beginnings of Trinidad Lake. All ages are welcome, but children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Wear properly fitting hiking shoes. Meet at the Visitor Center at Trinidad Lake State Park.

Trinidad Community Chorale Rehearsal

TRINIDAD— The Trinidad Community Chorale is a group fo volunteer singers that perform two free concerts each yeat at Christmas and in the Spring. We are always looking for more singes. We will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Methodist Church at the corner of Broom St. and State St. in Trinidad. We will also have voice part placements on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept 12 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Please email us at trinidadmusicassociation@gmail.com for more information.

The Purgatory 4 Adventure Relay

TRINIDAD—The Purgatory 4 Adventure Relay challenges competitors across the country to go halfway to hell and back.  Run through the rugged terrain of Sugarite Canyon State Park in Northeastern New Mexico, paddle a course on Lake Maloya at 7,500 feet, bike up to 8,500 feet over San Fransisco Pass and into Southern Colorado, and prove your prowess on a challenging shotgun shooting course. Please call the Trinidad Office of Outdoor Recreation for registration at  719-680-4078. Race end celebration at Phil Long Toyota, 105 East Cedar St. Trinidad starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept.  10. Vendors, music, food, beer garden, mt bike raffle and more.  Racers, support crews, spectators, family and friends, encouraged to attend.  Open to the public.

ArtoCade Festival

TRINIDAD—Saturday, Sept. 10 join us for our annual ArtoCade Festival. The parade starts at 12 p.m. and goes through downtown Trinidad.  Vendors will be on Main Street from approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Art Cars will be parked on the street after the parade until approximately 4 p.m. CarDango doors open at 6:30 p.m. and entertainment starts at 7 p.m.  We refer to this event as a “Dance/Party/Circus”.  There will be entertainment, dancing, costume & dance contests, silent auction, artist booths and food vendors.  18+ Cost $20  Located at Art Cartopia Museum 2702 Freedom Road  Trinidad CO.

COLFAX

Dawson Cemetery- A Lasting Memorial

RATON—The Raton Museum presents Dawson Cemetery- A  Lasting Memorial, honoring those who lived, were loved and lost in mining tragedies in 1913 and 1923. On Saturday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. Author Nick Pappas, retired journalist will discuss his new book Crosses of Iron. There will be a reception from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with “Ghost Town” a documentary film by Emily Fraser showing as well at Raton Theater and photo exhibit by robert Sloan. The Raton Museum is located at 108 S 2nd St in Raton.

Gate City Music Festival

RATON—Ready for the Annual Gate City Music Festival? Nestled against the mesas of the southern Rockies along the Santa Fe Trail, Raton, New Mexico at 6680 ft. is the perfect spot to enjoy fabulous music and a taste of the Southwest…  So take a break and come join us! This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 & 4 at Shuler Theater. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.gatecitymusicfestival.com.

Short film showcase

RATON— Join us on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. at El Raton Theater for a celebration of not only Raton and Ratonian teen and adult film makers. To celebrate with the folks in town for the Dawson reunion who will have the opportunity – along with the rest of us – to see “Ghost Town” up on the big screen! There will be other films showing during the Inaugural Short Film Showcase. There are 338 seats in the El Raton Theater, lets fill them all.