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HUERFANO

Important shut off notice from Walsenburg utilities

WALSENBURG — City of Walsenburg Utility Department has issued an IMPORTANT NOTICE: All delinquent water, sewer and gas accounts that are not paid in full, and are up-to-date by Oct. 6, 2022, will have services shut off starting Oct. 6, 2022. Please call 719-695-1033 or 719-695-1048 if you have any questions.
And as a reminder, all City of Walsenburg offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 for Cabrini Day, a Colorado state holiday honoring Frances Xavier Cabrini.

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 mitzilvpl@gmail.com.

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!
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 are being accepted now 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.

Pumpkin Patch and Petting Zoo

LA VETA— Come join the JW ranch 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 meet

HUERFANO—Join the Huerfano County Communications Coalition at the Community Center in Walsenburg, today, Thursday, Sept. 29 at 12 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the Walsenburg Mercantile sponsored by Al Tucker. 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.

Gardner Valley School Festival

GARDNER – The Gardner Valley School Fall Festival is being held Thursday, Sept. 29, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the school.  Students, families and all community members are invited for live music, walking tacos, drinks, door prizes, free books, GCS swag and of course, fun reading, math, and science activities.
For more info, call 719-746-2446 or go online to GardnerValleySchool.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.
The show is expected to sell out. Tickets are $23 at the door or $20 in advance.  Call 719-742-3387 or go to lavetamercantile.simpletix.com.

Weekend movie at the FOX

WALSENBURG— The historic Fox Theatre’s weekend movie is, “Hocus Pocus 2” rated PG. Three young women accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world.   Showtimes are: Friday at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 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.

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 Russle St.

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 La Veta tradition!

Granny’s Attic sale

LA VETA—The women of La Veta United Methodist Church invite everyone to “Granny’s Attic” on Saturday, Oct. 1 during the La Veta Oktoberfest. Startwoth homemade breakfast burritos at 7:30 a.m. in front of the church.  From 9 to 3 check out the Granny’s Attic sale in the church basement for crafts, yummy treats, and all those items you can’t live without.

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 info and to register, go to www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call (719) 742-3074.

Inner Idea Artists at SPACe

LA VETA—The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) in La Veta announces the opening reception for the 2022 Clay, Glass, and Fiber Show in conjunction with the annual Inner Idea Artists exhibit this Saturday, Oct. 1, 5 – 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and refreshments will be provided. The Clay, Glass and Fiber show includes original works by Nicole Copel, Judith Fuentes, Marika Guthrie, Patti Paiz Jones, Cherine Kuster, Richard Mehringer, and Rebecca Myers. The Inner Idea Artists are a group of artists who have studied with Peggy Zehring, abstract artist and founder of The La Veta School of the Arts (LVSA). Peggy’s teaching incorporates techniques that release each artist’s inner “idea” or “need,” in order to create a unique expression of the artist’s inner self. You will recognize the uniqueness of each artist in his or her work. Zehring follows the teachings of Wassily Kandinsky, the father of abstract art in the early 1900s, who believed that art was “true” when it expressed an inner idea. “Beauty is expressed from inner need, which springs from the soul.”

Tom Munch-Oktoberfest party!

LA VETA— Tom Munch has brought a blend of Southwest-Folk-Jazz to southern Colorado’s music scene for over three decades.  Tom has performed at concerts and festivals, restaurants and schools, civic events and nursing homes, dude ranches and the Royal Gorge Bridge.  His versatility also is seen in an impressive repertoire of some 3,000 songs. Join us after Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m. at Deerprint in La Veta.

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.

Chris Koza at Deerprint

LA VETA—Sunday, Oct. 2, 4-6 p.m. Chris Koza will be at Deerprint Wine Bar in La Veta. Chris Koza is a composer and performer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both solo and with his band Rogue Valley, he has supported and shared the stage with artists such as Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, The Jayhawks, Neko Case, Kathleen Edwards, Dan Wilson, Stephen Kellogg, This is the Kit, and Tift Merrit, among others. His music appears regularly on ABC’s General Hospital and 60 Minutes, and his song Be Wild will be featured as the soundtrack to an upcoming State of Minnesota tourism campaign. His song (Rogue Valley) The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Tickets are $15 advance and $18 day of show and can be purchased at  www.simpletix.com/e/chris-koza-tickets-107075

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.

Call for Singers!

LA VETA—It’s not too late!  We’re still making a call for singers!  The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble, Southern Colorado’s premier community choir, is calling all singers, young and old, experienced, or willing to become experienced, to join us as we prepare for our 2022 Christmas concert, “Christmas is a Joyful Noise!”, starting Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6:15 p.m. We love to make music and we’d love to have you join us.  Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses, all are welcome!  We meet every Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. sharp at the La Veta United Methodist Church in La Veta. We’ll have the sheet music and part-dominant cd’s for everyone.  No matter what your range, come sing with us.  Be ready to have fun making a joyful noise!  Call Kalima at 719-742-5333 with any questions you might have or email me at amuse@rmi.net.

Coffee with a Cop

WALSENBURG—Wednesday, Oct. 5, 8 – 10 a.m. enjoy some Coffee with a Cop at Serendipity Coffee House in Walsenburg. Join the Colorado State Patrol, Huerfano County Sheriff’s Deputies and Lathrop State Park Rangers for coffee and conversation!

First time homebuyers class

WALSENBURG— Join us on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for our monthly First Time Home Buyers Class at the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg. Classes are free and all materials are provided at no charge. Code of the West will provide lunch to all attendees. Everyone is welcome whether they are working with an agent or not.

Huerfano Historical Society annual meeting: Libre

WALSENBURG— The annual meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Lathrop State Park Visitor Center. A luncheon will be served at noon followed by a lecture on Gardner’s Libre commune,  presented by Libre members Dean Fleming and Sibylla Wallenborn. Libre, known for its art culture, is now over 50 years old and is one of the oldest surviving communes in the United States. The luncheon will be catered by Regal Burg Deli, which has recently opened at the Walsenburg Merchantile Building.  The cost of the lecture and lunch will be $20 per person. RSVP will be required and it is recommended that reservations be made early as the visitor center only seats 35. Guests and the general public are also invited to attend. Reservations can be made at the Huerfano Heritage Center during business hours or by phone at 719-738-2346 (message can be left if not available) or by email at huerfanoheritagecenter@outlook.com. A regular meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will follow the lecture.

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.

Fall Colors Disc Golf Tournament

CUCHARA—Bachman & Associates Real Estate brings you the Fall Colors Disc Golf Tournament at Cuchara Mountain Park on Sunday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. Register at www.discgolfscene.com. Proceeds raised for maintenance and improvements of the Cuchara Mountain Park disc golf course. Sponsored by Bachman & Associates, Mountain Merman Brewery, Cuchara Yacht Club.

LAS ANIMAS

Wormhole mtn. bike meetup

TRINIDAD— Join Tarantula Cycles for a weekly Mountain bike meetup this Friday, Sept. 30 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.

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

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 (who 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.

Farm to table dinner

JANSEN—Earth Mountain Education Farm is hosting their farm to table dinner this Sunday, Oct. 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. The entire dinner will consist of chemical free vegetables grown by Earth Mountain Farms. Also featuring farm products from Mushroom Badger and Walking Y Ranch. Dinner will be at La Casa (La Confederation) 34451 Hwy 12, Jansen. For tickets please call 719-680-0215 or email earthmountainfarm@gmail.com

Mt. Carmel Youth Choir

TRINIDAD— Mt. Carmel Youth Choir, taught by Vinnie Gumlich starts Monday, Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m. Youth choir is for ages 8-12. Choir will be every Monday at 4:30 p.m. at Mt Carmel. Registration Required 719-845-4894. See our web page  www.mtcarmelcenter.org for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

AGUILAR—A Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Pauline Tarr is on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Aguilar Community Center. Pauline has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and is on a fixed income.  All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to Pauline. Plates are $7.50 and includes spaghetti, salad, veggies, homemade dinner rolls and dessert.

A celebration of 100 years

TRINIDAD— We are celebrating the 100th birthday of our church building and 146 years of serving God in Trinidad. Be here to be a part of this historic 3-day event at First Christian Church, 200 South Walnut, Trinidad. Friday, Oct 7 at 5 p.m. is Revival night with music by the FCC band. Saturday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. we’ll have a BBQ and group photo. Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. will be the ice cream social.

Back to School Bash

AGUILAR—Come and join us at Aguilar’s town park on Main St on Friday, Oct 7 from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. We’ll have a live DJ, food, and drinks! All school ages are invited along with their families. We hope to see you there, for more information please call Debbie at 316-214-3364.

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

The Rad Dirt Fest

TRINIDAD—3 distances, one eclectic off-road adventure! Join us Saturday, Oct. 8 for the 2022 Life Time Rad Dirt Fest presented by Wahoo! Customize your RAD experience with a variety of high-alpine desert cycling rides (165 miles, 99 miles, 38 miles) and wrap up your 2022 cycling calendar with live music, after parties, and one RAD and ROWDY weekend. Visit theraddirt.com for more details and registration info!

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 info.

Second Saturday Poetry Open Mic with Westley Heine

TRINIDAD— Meet us at the Commons at Space to Create Trinidad (228 W. Main St.) on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. for the Second Saturday Poetry Open Mic with Westley Heine! The evening begins with our featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts. Westley Heine, a resident of Chicago, is the author of Busking Blues, 12 Chicago Cabbies and The Trail of Quetzalcoatl. Free and open to the public! Sponsored by the La Veta Creative District and Colorado Creative Industries (CCI). For more info, 303-722-8676 or creative.trinidad@gmail.com

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 www.SpaghettiandWesterns.com.

COLFAX

Springer historic stroll

SPRINGER—Join us on Saturday, Oct. 1 starting at sun rise and lasting well into 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.

Relay for Life- Octoberfest

RATON—Come for a worthy cause to Heritage Park, South 1st Street in Raton on Saturday, Oct 1, from 12 – 8 p.m. There will be live music and T-shirts for sale. There will also be Luminarias for sale that we will display at 6 p.m. Join a team or bring your own team but come join the fun! For more information please call 505-850-9131 or 505-288-2929.

The Peach Protein and Beverage Bar soft opening

RATON—  Everyone is invited to the soft opening of The Peach Protein and Beverage Bar on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 132 South 1st Street, Raton. New owners, Saul and Haleigh Ontiveros, will be doing raffles, giveaways, and of course mixing up healthy & tasty drinks & treats! It’s going to be a great day and they hope that you will come celebrate with them.

The World Famous Gregory Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

RATON— The World Famous Gregory Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the talents of his wonderful furry costars. There are more than 25 pets in the show, each one has been rescued from animal shelters and given a new leash on life! Great show for pet lovers and families with kids! The fun will be at the Shuler Theater, 131 N 2nd St in Raton on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. For more information please call (575) 445-4746 and for tickets please visit popovichRaton.eventbrite.com

Moonlight Hike

CAPULIN—Take a ranger guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full or nearly full moon on Saturday, Oct. 8, 7 – 9 p.m. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience the top of Capulin Volcano in a new light! Wear warm clothing and layers as the weather may be chilly. Meet at the visitor center before heading up the volcano. Reservations are required; call 575-278-2201 with the number of people attending to reserve a spot!

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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