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HUERFANO

History research 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 ncessary 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 contact 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. in  La Veta at the 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!
Register https://secure.rec1.com/CO/huerfano-county-co/catalog

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 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the Chucka Agency at 719-738-9955.

Artists Working with Clay, Glass & Fiber

LA VETA—The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta (SPACe) is seeking artists whose primary media is clay, glass, or fiber to participate in the upcoming exhibit–the Clay, Glass, & Fiber Show, Sept. 27 – Nov. 5. Original art may be brought to enter the show on Sept. 22, 23, & 24 between 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. There is a small fee of $5 per entry to help with operating expenses. For complete details visit the SPACe website: spanishpeaksarts.org, or call SPACe at 719 742-3074 Tues -Sat, 10 – 3. The SPACe Gallery is located at 132 W. Ryus in La Veta.
The pipes, the pipes are calling –

SPICMF returns

HUERFANO— The 18th Annual Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival is back! Featuring four days of workshops, demonstrations, concerts, and plenty of free events, you can be sure to find something of interest for you or your family, regardless of whether or not you’re a newcomer to the festival or have been with us from the beginning.  Performing artists this year include old festival favorites and newcomers sure to get you clapping along.  The festival runs Sept. 22-25, 2022.  Look for programs in area businesses or check out celticmusicfest.com for program information, timetables, and more.  Tickets available online at www.facebook.com/CelticMusicFest or in person once the festival begins.

Bake Sale for Dorcas Circle

WALSENBURG— Join our efforts in raising money to purchase the building that Dorcas Circle Food Pantry and Clothing Bank is in. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 & 24 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. we’ll be having a bake sale and all money goes directly towards the purchase. The store will also be open both days  but will be closed Thursday, Sept 29 to prepare for the bake sale. Dorcas Circle is an amazing asset in our area and we would love to have the community come out and show support.

Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1187 meeting change

WALSENBURG— The Walsenburg FOE 1187 Auxiliary has changed their September meeting dates due to the holiday weekend. Join us on Friday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. The group welcomes new members. To learn more, please contact the secretary, Deb Montoya at debymontoya@yahoo.com.

Weekend movie at the FOX

WALSENBURG— The historic Fox Theatre’s weekend movie is, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” rated R with a run time of 1h 50m. In authoritarian Spain of 1944, the young stepdaughter of an army officer escapes into an eerie fantasy world of her own making. Winner of 3 Academy awards for Cinematography, Art Direction, and Makeup. Subtitled.   Showtimes are: Friday at 7:30 p.m. No movie Saturday, Sunday at 3 p.m. Movie Tickets are $7 for Adults $6 for Students and Teachers $5 for Children (age five to twelve) and Seniors.

Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center to hold dedication to Ed Ludvik

WALSENBURG— On Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m., friends, family, and members of the SPRHC team will gather at Spanish Peaks Regional Health & Veterans Community Living Center to celebrate the dedication of the Ed Ludvik Administrative Suite. Edwin (Ed) R. Ludvik, former Chairman of the Board, was a visionary, leader, and friend to the Walsenburg community and specifically, Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center.

First Annual Ed Ludvik Golf Tournament

WALSENBURG— In memory of Ed Ludvik and his parents Jim and Anne who all helped make the golf course everything it is today. Join us on Saturday, Sept. 24 for the 4 person scramble style tournament. Entry fee is $100 and includes golf, cart and a taco bar. Tee off at 1 p.m. with a cash bar party afterwards. All proceed go to the golf course on Ed’s behalf. For moe information please visit www.golfwalsenburg.com, call 719-547-9610 or e-mail vzzn@aol.com

Grit Nine-0 Gravel and 10k Run

LA VETA—The Grit Nine-O Gravel Race and 10k Run returns to the stunning eclectic cowboy town of La Veta on Sunday,  Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. Grandote Peaks Golf Course will host this event. Camping will be available next to start/finish. All participants will receive a swag bag, food, beer, cash prizes. merchandise prizes. stocked food stations plus live music. Thank you to Code of the West Real Estate and other partners most of your entry goes back to you! $115 entry fee, $60 for the short course and juniors are $30. The 5k and 10k run will start at 10am with a $45 entry fee. For more information visit; www.bikereg.com/grit-nine-o

Gardening 101 at SPLD

WALSENBURG—SPLD Gardening 101 Class for Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. will be focusing on Fall chores, such as perennial division, planting bulbs, sprinkler blowout, pruning and many other tasks.  Please join us as we all get ready to take a deep breath and ease into Winter!  We will be meeting in the Community Room at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg.

Pumpkin Patch and Petting Zoo

LA VETA— Come join us for a cup of hot apple cider and fall festivities including; pumpkin painting, kids tractor train and a pumpkin sling shot. We are just south of Grandote Peaks Golf course at 6794 Hwy 12, La Veta. The fun begins Thursday, Sept. 29 – Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Communications Coalition meeting

HUERFANO—Join the Huerfano County Communications Coalition at the Community Center in Walsenburg, this Thursday, Sept. 29 at 12 p.m. Lunch will be provided. If you don’t know what the Coalition is or what it represents, please call Elisa at 719-738-2152 for further information.  Or join us on ZOOM, Meeting ID: 833 8797 8876, passcode: 911887

Free Bicycle Repair Clinic

LA VETA – Thursday, Sept. 29, 2-5 p.m., in front of the La Veta Public Library will be the free bicycle repair clinic. Get your bike or trike fixed – for free! By the Spanish Peaks Cycling Association. Donations towards bicycle parts always welcome. Questions, email info@spcycling.org.

Nashville in La Veta
                                           
LA VETA—On Friday, Sept. 30th at 7 p.m., the La Veta Mercantile will host a special show by Nashville singer/songwriters Fred James & Mary-Ann Brandon. The duo have multi Grammy nominations for their compositions in the “Best Blues Album” category. Their songs have been recorded by Johnny Winter, Charlie Musselwhite, Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Kenny Neal, Mike Zito, Sapphire, Son Seals, The Nighthawks, Jr. Wells & Bonnie Raitt and many others.
Fred James is a former member of The Amazing Rhythm Aces, The Burrito Brothers, The Memphis Horns Band, The Beat Daddys, The Jelly Roll Kings, The Sam Lay Blues Band  to name but a few.
Mary-Ann Brandon has sung backup with David Olney, Tim Krekel, Tommy Tutone, Tony Joe White, Orion, Buzz Cason, Mac Gayden, Charles Walker, Earl Gaines and she has toured the US and Europe extensively for the past 30 years.
Fred & Mary-Ann have not performed in southern Colorado for three years. This promises to be an exceptionally entertaining and intimate show and is expected to sell out. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. To purchase advance tickets go to: lavetamercantile.simpletix.com or call 719-742-3387.

Oktoberfest in La Veta

LA VETA—Fall is in the air and that means that Oktoberfest is right around the corner!  Join the fun in cool, beautiful La Veta on Saturday, Oct. 1 when we shut down Main Street, the Color Guards present the flag, the National Anthem is sung and the festivities begin.  We will have live music featuring the Alan Polivka Band performing traditional German music in the morning, followed by the crowning of the La Veta Royalty and a moving Veteran tribute. After, “That Damn Sasquatch” will be our premiere band in the biergarten.  All day long you can expect fun times with our live MC, great food, fantastic vendor booths, kid’s activities and, of course, you won’t want to miss the Two Peaks Rodders Car Show and Jeep Expo!  Budweiser will provide a variety of beer and there will be great music and dancing in the street all afternoon.  Don’t miss out on this long standing La Veta tradition!

Granny’s Attic sale

LA VETA—The women of the La Veta  United Methodist Church invite everyone to visit us at “Granny’s Attic” on Saturday, Oct. 1 during the La Veta Oktoberfest. The day will start with the sale of homemade breakfast burritos beginning at 7:30 a.m. in front of the church.  At 9 a.m. and lasting until 3 p.m. Granny’s Attic can be found in the church basement.  There you can find crafts and yummy treats, then wander down the hall to find those items you just can’t live without.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fall in Love with Fabric
                                           
LA VETA—Love fabric? Want to capture the beauty of the season in a unique way? Spend the afternoon with textile artist Marika Guthrie as she introduces how to use fabric and adhesive as an art medium to create colorful, Fall-inspired landscapes. This afternoon workshop is Saturday, Oct. 1, 1-3 p.m.at the SPACe Gallery in La Veta. The fee is $35, and all materials are included. Enjoy Oktoberfest and then get creative! For more information and details on how to register, visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call (719) 742-3074.

Walsenburg Ladies Auxiliary 1187 community brunch

WALSENBURG— The Walsenburg Ladies Auxiliary #1187 will host a community brunch on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eagles Hall, 614 Main St in Walsenburg. Come join us again for a delicious brunch.  The cost is $5 per adult and $2.50 per child.  We will be serving a yummy golden biscuit covered with creamy gravy, eggs, and sausage patties. The meal includes coffee or juice, and as usual, proceeds will go back to the community.  We hope to see you there!

Creating a Legacy Cookbook

WALSENBURG— Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is pleased to partner with Think Art 360 to offer a fun opportunity to work with elders in Huerfano County to share and preserve another aspect of our rich culture and heritage. Working with Annie Toro Lopez, a respected author and writing coach, we will be offering an opportunity to not only learn, or hone or improve your writing skills. We will write about memorable kitchens and then take it a step further with adding recipes focusing on the quintessential favorite, green chili. It will culminate with putting it all together in publishing a cookbook to share. The 5-week class is free and will start Monday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Walsenburg Housing Authority. Please contact Annie at editor@highprairiepress.org or call or text Sandy Dolak at 719-251-1271.

Health Fair by 365 Health

HUERFANO—9Health Fair is now 365 Health, and as it has done for over 40 years, the nonprofit will host its annual fall health fair. Walsenburg will be able to receive access to free and affordable preventive health screenings and resources on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 928 Russell St. Available screenings at the 365 Health/Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center community health fair: https://365health.org/health-fairs/fall/628/screenings. Amid rising health care costs and a continued decline in preventive health care since the COVID-19 pandemic, these free and affordable health screenings are an important resource for the underserved and those with high deductible insurance plans or no insurance at all, and we’d welcome the chance to share about our upcoming community health fairs with your readers.

Artists and crafters wanted for Huajatolla Heritage Traditions Market

HUERFANO—Attention Artists and Craft people! Huajatolla Heritage Foundation will host another Traditions market on Saturday Dec. 3 This year it will be at Walsenburg Community Center. Nominal charge of $10 for approximate 8 foot by 8 foot space. Please reserve your space soon. Contact Sandy Johnston at 719-989-8438 or Sandy Dolak at info@hhfoundation.org. Arts, crafts, food, entertainment and more!

LAS ANIMAS

Paint in the park

TRINIDAD— Paint with locally based artist and illustrator, Dara Cochran on Friday, Sept. 23 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Fisher Peak State Park. Learn some basics about watercolor/ Plien air painting, ink washes, charcoal techniques and creating art while in nature. Sign up today via email at fisher.peak.co.us.

Weekly Wormhole mtn. bike meetup

TRINIDAD— Join Tarantula Cycles for a weekly Mountain bike meetup this Friday, Sept. 23 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.

Trail building Saturday

TRINIDAD—Mountain bike trail building this Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. Come celebrate National Public Lands Day with a shovel. Volunteers get a free National Parks day pass and first ride privileges at Trinidad’s newest bike venue. Meet at Army Corps of Engineers office, HWY 12 and CR 18.3 in Trinidad. Water, snacks and tools are provided.

Farmers Market

TRINIDAD—The market is open rain or shine every Saturday until Oct. 1st from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is the place to be on Saturday morning. SNAP program is now available as well. For more information find us on Facebook @TrindadFarmersMktColorado

Book lecturer is Mr. Yee

AGUILAR—The library will be hosting a book event with Aguilar’s author, Gary Yee. Mr. Yee will be giving a lecture on his latest book, “World War ll Snipers; The Men, Their Guns, Their Stories” Please join us Saturday, Sept. 24  at 12:30 p.m. Please join us for this special informative event! The Aguilar Public Library is located at 146 W Main St.

Space to Create grand opening

TRINIDAD—Bring your friends and family to celebrate the grand opening of the first Space to Create initiative in the State of Colorado! On Thursday, Sept. 29, we will be celebrating the long-awaited grand opening from 4 – 7 p.m. with music, art, poetry, tours, and much fanfare! To learn more about the transformative project we call Trinidad Space to Create, visit: https://www.trinidadcreativedistrict.org

Jordan World Circus

TRINIDAD— Presenting the Jordan World Circus on Thursday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m. With quality performances coming to the Las Animas Co. Fairgrounds, you won’t want to miss this. Enjoy an incredible performance featuring world-class circus stars from around the globe, that is sure to have the entire family on the edge of their seats! Get your tickets online at: https://jordancircus.com/tour-dates/

TCF Trash Clean-up Day

TRINIDAD— Join us for the  2022 Trinidad Community Foundation (TCF) Trash Cleanup day on Saturday Oct. 1. From- 8  to 9 a.m. will be registration at Phil Long Toyota. 9  to 11:30 a.m. we will pick up trash at various sites throughout town. At 12 p.m. will be the luncheon at Phil Long Toyota, a box lunch will be provided. Purgatoire Watershed Partnership will be hosting this event. Call 719-859-3048 for more information. Since 2007, through our collective efforts with the City of Trinidad, non profit organizations, businesses, and volunteers (whole love the river and our town), WE have made this a successful event. Thanks to InBank, Evergreen, Twin Envrio, Phil Long Toyota, the City of Trinidad, and Sodexo Food Service for your support.

Blazing Gun at Roaring Gulch

TRINIDAD—Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch, a melodrama, opens Friday, Oct. 7 and runs two weekends, Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Main Street LIVE, 131 W. Main in Trinidad, tickets $18 at door or online at www.mainstreetlive.org

Bon Carbo Flea Market

BON CARBO—VFD Auxiliary flea market Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the fire station on 14589 CR 57.7. in Bon Carbo. Vendor tables are still available for $10. Please call 719-846-8538 for more information.

COLFAX

Tiger Booster Club tournament

RATON—Join us in supporting the Raton Tiger Boosters Club and help raise funds to assist our local athletes. Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. shotgun start time for this three person scramble tournament. To enter and reserve carts please call the pro shop at 575-445-8113.

Fiesta Otono

SPRINGER—Saturday, Sept. 24 a 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. is Fiesta Otono at Springer Museum Park, 516 Maxwell Ave. This fun family friendly event will have food, beer, games, contests, vendors, live entertainment, Lil’ Miss Otono Pageant, corn hole, car show and so much more. For more information please contact Tim Trujillo, Fiesta Coordinator at 719-924-2303.

Springer historic stroll

SPRINGER—Join us on Saturday, Oct. 1 starting at sun rise and lasting well in to the evening hours for a fun stroll in Springer and see inside the historic buildings you’ve only seen from afar. Mills Mansion, Laughing Cow Artisans, Cactus Building, Santa Fe Trail Museum and the R.W. Cohan Livery Stable are just some of the fun places to see.