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CASOA, Community Assessment Survey of Older Adults

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS— South Central Council of Governments (SCCOG), in association with the Colorado Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) and with funding from SB290, is conducting a survey to learn about the current and future needs of older adults living in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. Your household may randomly be selected to participate. Watch your mailbox. Your feedback is appreciated and will help us understand and plan for the needs of older adults in our community. It won’t take much of your time to make a big difference! If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Veronica Maes, Area Agency on Aging Director at SCCOG at (719) 845-1133 ext. 225 or vmaes@sccog.net. Thank you in advance for your time and participation.

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Huerfano County Fair

HUERFANO—Join us at the Huerfano County Fair today through  Sunday, Aug. 14 at the 4-H fair grounds in La Veta. There will be a Saturday night dance on Aug 13 from 8pm until midnight wiht Silver Eagle Band.  $10/couple and $7/single.  For a full list of events please visit www.HuerfanoFair.com

First Time Home Buyers class

WALSENBURG—Why rent when you can buy? Join us for our monthly First Time Home Buyers class on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Ave, Walsenburg. Code of the West will provide lunch, all attendees are welcome whether working with a COTW agent,an outside agency or none at all. Sponsored by Neighborworks Southern Colorado and Code of the West.

Author talk with Virginia Sanchez

LA VETA— On Thursday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. Ms. Sanchez will present a informative session at the La Veta Library based on her book “The Forgotten Cucharenos of the Lower Valley”. The Cucharas was established in 1866 northeast of present-day Walsenburg. Sanchez will bring the Plaza of Cucharas and its surroundings alive as she introduces the forgotten stage stop for the Barlow and Sanderson Stage, the early irrigation systems on farms, the school, and the railroad town of Cucharas Junction. Her book about Cucharas was published by The History Press in 2010 and it received the 2011 Miles History Award from the History Colorado Center. Support from Huajatolla Heritage Foundation and Colorado Humanities allows us to offer this important program for free!

Huerfano Historical Society meeting

WALSENBURG—The monthly meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society is today at 4 p.m at the Huerfano Heritge Center, 114 West Sixth Street in Walsenburg.  New members always welcome.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Walsenburg Jr/Sr high building

WALSENBURG— Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. join us for the Huerfano School District RE-1 groundbreaking ceremony of the new Walsenburg Junior/Senior High School building. Meet near the flagpole at 355 W Pine St, Walsenburg.

Fridays for Fun at LVSA- Printmaking

LA  VETA—All children from 6-12 are invited to participate in La Veta School of the Arts’ summer art program. Younger children can participate with an adult assistant.  Friday, Aug. 12, Lana Thomas Wachterman  will teach how to make original prints and print duplicates without a press.  This process is easy to learn and beautiful to see.  All Fridays For Fun classes are 1-3pm and if you call ahead 719-742-3421 and leave your name and number, the classes are $10.   If you pay at the door, the cost is $15.  Scholarships are available.

Carvin Jones at the Fox Theatre

WALSENBURG—World renowned blues guitarist Carvin Jones, voted in Top 50 Guitarists by Guitarist Magazine, brings his Ultimate Guitar Experience to you! Join us for this amazing music experience on Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at Fox Theatre in Walsenburg. Tickets are available at  https://www.carvinjones.com/event-details/carvin-jones-the-fox-theatre-walsenburg-co-1q

Fire ecology, mitigation and suppression

WALSENBURG—Join us for a talk on fire ecology, mitigation and suppression by David Steffan. David was heavily involved in fighting the Spring Creek fire in the watershed. Then, as a local project director for the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative, he helped guide the subsequent Spring Creek fire recovery and flood mitigation. This program is free and happens Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at 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.

Tips for Happier Hikes

WALSENBURG— Taking care of ourselves and others on hikes and in life can make all the difference AND be lots of fun. Come explore tips for staying hydrated; being cool enough on warm days and warm enough on cool days; taking care of our feet (vital for happier hikes!) and more. We will hike the Hogback Trail as Laura shares what works for her, including during days hiking the Appalachian & North Cascade mountains. And, later in life, walking across the U.S. You are invited to share your tips as well. The hike is free and happens Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. starting from the Amphitheater. Water, sunscreen and a hat are recommended. 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.

Sumi and big brush painting class

LA VETA—The La Veta School of the Arts is offering Sumi and Big Brush Painting to be taught by artist, Raquel Dimond on Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14. Raquel has  studied and worked in the art departments of several art magazines before settling here. Raquel’s students will learn about the history and techniques of Sumi painting, as well as the materials needed. All levels of experience are welcome. An introduction to the big brush and regular bamboo brushes will lead to rendering leaves, flower petals, grasses and branches. Sumi ink will be used on rice paper. Students in this class always make beautiful paintings! Cost for this 2-day workshop on Aug 13 and 14 is $150 plus $30 lab fee that will pay for all supplies. Lab fee payable to the instructor at the start of class.. All classes take place at LVSA across from Town Park on Ryus Ave. in La Veta. For more information and to register, please visit www.the LVSA.org or call class administrator Lana Thomas at 719-746-2252.

Junior Rangers: Tips for Happier Hikes

WALSENBURG— For youth, all ages welcome! Feeling comfortable in nature can be one of the best experiences in life. If we are not comfy outdoors, we may miss astounding wonders all around and within us. Being familiar with and practicing ways to take care of ourselves and our group can make all the difference AND be lots of fun. Come explore tips for staying hydrated and nourished; being cool enough on warm days and warm enough on cool days; the importance of taking care of our feet (vital for happier hikes!) and more. We will hike part of the Hogback Trail. This program is free and happens Saturday, Aug. 13 at 12 p.m. at the amphitheater. Be sure to bring a parent(s) or guardian(s). Water, sunscreen and a hat are recommended. 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.

Mushrooms of Spanish Peaks Country with local naturalist Bob Kennemer

LA VETA—The Spanish Peaks area, including the Wet Mountains, and the Sangre de Cristo Range, are home to hundreds of mushrooms. Many are edible, some are poisonous, a few are hallucinogenic, most we know little about. This lecture and slide program will help lift the veil on mushrooms of the area. Foraging dos and don’ts will be addressed, including suggested books and equipment. Several sample mushrooms will be presented. Ways to process and preserve mushrooms will be discussed. Mushrooms are now being used: to make clothing, furniture, medicines, fertilizers, meat substitutes, and to clean up everything from oil spills to radioactive waste. Mushroom expert and pioneer, Paul Stamets has said, “Mushrooms will save the world!” Come learn just what this claim means at the La Veta Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2 – 3:30 p.m. $10 per person.

Stonewall Century Ride

HUERFANO—Saturday, Aug. 13 the Stonewall Century Ride returns. Riders will be leaving La Veta and going to Segundo and then back on the scenic Highway of Legends. Covering 25, 50, 75 or 102.4 miles and 7500 feet of elevation gain. For more information on the events or to register please visit www.spcycling.org

Stand Still and Look Stupid: Hedy Lamarr Story

LA VETA – The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present Stand Still and Look Stupid: Hedy Lamarr Story, performed by Emily Ebertz as Hedy Lamarr and written by Mike Broemmel. This show is one night only, sharing the story of Hedy Lamarr, a “leading lady” during the Golden Age of Hollywood as well as an ingenious inventor. The show is Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. and all tickets are general admission and go fast. Tickets and information are available at www.LaVetaTheaterWeb.org The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is located at 127 W. Francisco St. in La Veta.

Raptor Program with Diana Miller of the Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center

WALSENBURG—Vultures are incredibly important as part of nature’s clean-up crew. They are wondrously and uniquely designed for this job, ridding the landscape of deteriorating carcasses and helping curb the spread of dangerous diseases and bacteria. Come hear Diana Miller of the Raptor Center at the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center and meet their delightful vulture Lurch. Learn about rehabilitation for wildlife, especially birds of prey. Hear about experiencing an animal’s joy returning to its home and seeing children’s faces when they meet an educational raptor, such as Lurch. This program is free and happens Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 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.

Weekend movie at the FOX

WALSENBURG— The historic Fox Theatre’s weekend movie is DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS, Rated PG w/ a run-time of 1h 45m. Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, when the Man of Steel and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a ragtag group of animals to master their newfound powers for a rescue mission. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. There will be no Friday showing, join us for Calvin Jones instead.

Cuchara Chapel last summer service

CUCHARA—Only one more service this summer. It will be on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 11 a.m. located off Hwy 12. It is the log and stone chapel just south of Cuchara Village. Bring your own chair and join us after for our annual picnic. Please bring your own food, no potluck buffet.

Friends of the Library monthly meeting

WALSENBURG—FOL, Friends of the Library monthly meeting is Sunday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m., in the conference room of the  Spanish Peaks Library, 401 Walsen. Any one who is interested, you are welcomed. Please remember that FOL will take all your donated books, this helps  us to keep the book sales going. FOL has always appreciated the donated books. We thank you all and hope to see you at the FOL meetings.

Water Conservancy District 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, on Monday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. The draft agenda for the meeting can be found on the district’s website: www.hcwcd.net

Clean up Main Street, get free ice cream

WALSENBURG—We are pulling weeds and picking up trash between 4th St and 10th St. on Main. Join us Wednesday, Aug. 17, 7  – 10 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Report to the old gas station on 7th and Main to pick up trash bags. For every bag of trash and weeds one person fills, they will receive one free small scoop of ice cream from Gub Gub’s Ice Cream Express inside the Walsenburg Mercantile. Volunteering never tasted so sweet!

Writer’s Workshop

LA VETA—Colorado Humanities and Huajatolla Heritage Foundation are pleased to partner with the La Veta Library in bringing Annie Toro Lopez to continue our exploration of writing skills. Ms. Lopez is a long-time professional Reading and Writing teacher. She is also the founder of High Prairie Press. “The Writer’s Handbook; An Indispensable Grammar and Style Guide” is her recently published guide for aspiring authors or anyone who finds writing to be part of their daily lives. It is available on Amazon. Come join Annie and be guided through polishing your storytelling and writing skills. The free program will be presented Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 1 – 3 p.m. Direct any inquiries to info@hhfoundation.org.

Second annual Antiques at the Spanish Peaks Vintage Trailer Rally

LA VETA—Vintage trailers and RVs will again converge on La Veta the weekend of Friday, August 19- Sunday, Aug. 21 for the second annual Antiques at the Spanish Peaks Vintage Trailer Rally.  The highlight of the weekend is the open house, which takes place on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Many of the units will be decorated inside and out in vintage decor as the owners celebrate trailers built between 1940 and 1979. Park guests and the public are welcome to join the fun and tour the units during the open house at no charge. Live western swing music provided by the Swing Dusters will add to the party atmosphere and a food vendor will be onsite. Anyone who is not a registered guest should park outside the park and walk into the event as parking is not available on site. La Veta Pines RV Park is located at 226 W Grand St. in La Veta, Colorado. For More Information call the park at 719-742-3252.

Crafting a God’s Eye

WALSENBURG— Beautiful yarns from all over the country will be used to craft a God’s Eye. Friday, Aug. 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the  Walsenburg Housing Authority Activities Room.  220 Russell Ave, Walsenburg. This art form was first made in Mexico by the Hurchol or Wixarika people who used them for prayer and protection.  It was given to a child at birth to ensure a life of health and happiness.  We provide all supplies and refreshments at no charge.  Instruction by Sharona Nova.  Call 719-989-8438 to RSVP before August 17. Handicap Accessible. Sponsored by Mt. Rose Health Center and Arts in Society.

Fridays for Fun at LVSA

LA VETA—All children from 6-12 are invited to participate in La Veta School of the Arts summer program. Younger children can participate with an adult assistant.  Friday, Aug. 19, 1 – 3 p.m. Vashti Wachterman will lead students as they play with unusual tools you find at LVSA or bring from home. She will help with making surprising marks with charcoal and pastels including fluorescent colors. Hang up your drawings and share with everyone. If you call ahead (719)742.3421 and leave your name and number, the class is $10. Scholarships are available.

Forest Bathing

LA VETA— Saturday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with Ruth Heal and Bob Kennemer. Meet at the Ease into Peace studio, 200 S. Main Street, La Veta. The cost is $35. Come and spend a morning fully embraced in nature. Allow yourself to be nourished, supported and restored. Learn to notice all that is going on around you, as we wander and sit observing ourselves and nature. You should be able to walk 1-2 miles over moderate terrain. Wear hiking boots/trail shoes. Please bring water, snacks, rainwear, hat, sunscreen and, if desired, a sitting pad. To reserve your spot sign up at www.lavetayoga.com or call or text Ruth on (415) 233 2632. Please call for more information.

Acrylic Painting Workshop

LA VETA—Coni Grant, distinguished acrylic artist based in Alamosa, is offering an art workshop at SPACe Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for artists who want to learn more about the unexpected advantages of acrylic paints – and push their own work in new directions. Students will work through two projects which teach techniques that can be applied to their own work. The cost is $70. Students provide their own materials, however there is a $5 fee for specialty materials provided by Grant and easels are available. A suggested supply list is available at SPACe or on the website. To register for the workshop, call SPACe, 719 742-3074 or visit Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., or go online and pay by credit card at spanishpeaksarts.org.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Queen with a Bone to Pick

LA VETA – The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Queen with a Bone to Pick, written and performed by La Veta’s very own Sam Law. Come Meet The queen To whom YOU owe SO much … INCLUDING Democracy! Come hear what this feisty woman has to say for herself about her fabulously colorful life and be the judge of her due acclaim. This performance is one night only, Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. All tickets are general admission. Tickets and information are available at www.LaVetaTheaterWeb.org The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is located at 127 W. Francisco St. in La Veta.

Movie on the greens

WALSENBURG— Join the Fox Theatre at the Walsenburg Golf course on Saturday, Aug. 20 at dusk for this week’s movie on the green, Hell or High Water (R) Toby is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus, a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset. Admission is free and concessions are available for purchase. Alcohol, burgers, hotdogs, and brats are available for purchase. Donations are accepted. Each movie event cost nearly $2,000 so your contribution ensures our financial success. Kids activities start at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30. 1399 Co Rd 502, Walsenburg. 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.

Peach pickup reminder

LA VETA—For those who have already placed orders for those delicious, #1 Palisade peaches through La Veta United Methodist Church—this is just a reminder that your order will be ready for pickup on Sunday, Aug. 21,  between 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. See you then!

Free bicycle repair clinic

LA VETA – Thursday, Aug. 25, 2-5 p.m., in front of the La Veta Public Library. Get your bike or trike fixed – for free! By the Spanish Peaks Cycling Association. Donations always welcome. Questions, email info@spcycling.org.

Call for artists

LA VETA—The only constant in life is change. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) is looking for artists to enter the upcoming “Changes” Fall show Thursday – Saturday,  Aug. 25, 26, & 27 at the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, between 10 am – 2 pm. Show us how you express change. All media welcome. For all the details visit the SPACe website — spanishpeaksarts.org, or call 719 742-3074.

Expand your painting techniques with Kim Mackey

LA VETA—Let acclaimed Colorado artist, Kim Mackey, help you develop your imagination and expand your painting technique as you focus on the principles of color, design, value and draftsmanship. His workshop at SPACe Gallery is Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a break for lunch. Artists can work in either oils or acrylics, and will be working from still life and photo references. The cost is $75, with students bringing their own materials. Easels are available. A suggested supply list is available at SPACe or on the website. Receive individual instruction as you really learn to “see” what you paint. To register for the workshop, call SPACe, 719 742-3074 or visit Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., or go online and pay by credit card at spanishpeaksarts.org.

LAS ANIMAS  

Diabetes education day

TRINIDAD—Join us for our free diabetes education day on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 12 – 4 p.m. at Champions Building, 127 N. Commercial St, Trinidad. Hosted by Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens. Lunch and materials will be provided. For more information or questions please call Pam Solano, 719-845-4879.

New Image Health and Wellness ribbon cutting

TRINIDAD—New Image Health and Wellness is  having a Ribbon Cutting through the Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce. It will be Thursday, Aug. 11,  5-7 p.m. We will have drawings for gift baskets, back to school book bags, “Men’s Pain Relief and Energy Basket”, “Pamper Yourself” Gift Basket. Come for Root Beer Floats and FUN and see what the inside of the New Image Health and Wellness looks like. Live radio KCRT will be there to add to the fun and excitement. New Image Health and Wellness is located at 417 University St in Trinidad.

Weekly Wormhole mountain bike meet

TRINIDAD— Join Tarantula Cycles of a weekly Mountain bike meetup this Friday, Aug 12 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.

Murder at the Orient Express

TRINIDAD—“Murder at the Orient Express” opens Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. and runs Aug 12-14 and  Aug 19-21. Fri and Sat at 7 p.m., Sun at 2 p.m.  Murder & mayhem that takes place in a Chinese restaurant run by two Irish sisters and a German waitress.  Appropriate for all ages.  Main Street LIVE, 131 W Main in Trinidad.  Please call  719 846 4762 for more information.

Trail Work Saturdays with Trinidad Trails Alliance

TRINIDAD—Join Trinidad Trails Alliance to help maintain and expand our favorite local trails at the Wormhole! We’re meeting every second Saturday at 9       a.m. throughout the summer. If you have a favorite tool, bring it along. We will also supply additional tools. Bring your own water, sunscreen, and work gloves. This Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. is Dog Days of Summer, bring your well-behaved (and leashed) doggos. For questions and more info, contact (719) 859-0379.

Free swim day

TRINIDAD— LACDHS is proud to sponsor, free swim day at the Aquatic Center/Community Center. Join us on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 12 – 4 p.m. for this fun event. Any child(ren) from infant to 19 years old is invited to swim for free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Goodbye Summer Hello Fall Festival

TRINIDAD— Come say goodbye to summer and hello to fall the right way. Bring your families out to the Las Animas County Fair Grounds on Saturday, Aug. 13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. We will have small food items for sale, bounce house, water balloon fight, games, crafts and so much more, fun for all ages!

Benefit Concert for ABC Disability Support Group Trinidad

TRINIDAD—Join us for our benefit concert with your Trinidad friends, local bands, fire-eater, dancers, tarot reading, apothecary and gifts. Saturday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. is the meet and great with ABC Disability support group and then the music begins at 7 p.m. Entertainment is sponsored by Faragosi Farms.

Hometown Stories with Jaquie Gipson

TRINIDAD—Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.  join us for Hometown Stories with Jaquie Gipson. Jaquie began playing the guitar at the age of 14. With inspiration from Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Preston Reed and others, Jaquie has developed a style of her own, incorporating two hand tapping and percussion with more or less traditional fingerstyle playing. Join us at the Amphitheater. Activities are rain or shine. The amphitheater is located past the Visitor Center on Carpios Ridge inside Trinidad Lake State Park.

Movie in the park

TRINIDAD—Bring your blankets and chair for a movie in the park on Saturday, Aug. 13 at dusk. Join us at Central Park lower level for this free movie in park. Bring the whole family and your favorite snacks. We will be showing Sonic 2. Questions please call Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509

Free sports physical clinic

TRINIDAD—No appointments necessary for this clinic, just bring all necessary forms completed and signed to Mt San Rafael Hospital and Clinic, 400 S. Benedicta Ave, Trinidad. Wednesday, Aug. 17 & 31 from 8 a.m. –  3:30 p.m. at Clinic Suite A and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 -22 from 9 a.m. –  2:30 p.m. in Suite E. Please call us 719-846-2206 or visit us online at www.msrhc.com for more information.

Trinidad Lake master plan public meeting

TRINIDAD—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of revising the Trinidad Lake Master Plan (MP) and will be hosting a public meeting to kick-off the effort and begin receiving comments and feedback.
A public meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Pioneer Room of the Sullivan Center, Trinidad State College – 600 Prospect, Trinidad, CO 81082. The public meeting will provide attendees with information regarding the revision content and process and a general schedule. A 30-day public comment period will begin Aug. 18, and end Sep. 17. The public can send comments, suggestions, and concerns during this time. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the MP. Information provided at the open house, including the existing MP, may be viewed on the Albuquerque District website at the following link beginning August 18, 2022: https://www.spa.usace.army.mil/…/Trinidad-Lake/Master-Plan. Comments can be submitted in writing at the scheduled open house; mailed to Kim Falen, Trinidad Lake Manager, 10950 County Rd 18.3 Trinidad, CO 81082-8904; or sent via email to: Trinidad@usace.army.mil

Fire Mitigation presentation

AGUILAR—Potential fire behavior in your area and ways to mitigate it, presented by Paul Minow, retiredBLM. Join us on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.at the Spanish Peaks Fire Department, 121 Main St. Aguilar. Paul will talk about areas of concern in your community, including local fuel sources. He will discuss what potential fire behavior would be present and strategies for mitigation with an extensive Q&A session. Sponsored in partnership with AIM/CCO and the Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection (SPAWP).

Trinidad Autism Organization dance

TRINIDAD—Join us at Fort Wooton Veterans Memorial Square in Trinidad for our Annual Autism Organization Dance with music by Cappellucci Brothers. The fun begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Trinidaddio Blues Fest

TRINIDAD— The Trinidaddio Blues Fest is back again for another great year the weekend of Friday, Aug. 26 & Saturday, Aug. 27. Grammy Nominee and multiple award winning artist Sugaray Rayford and Mark Hummel will take the stage during the weekend as well as Cash Box Kings, Zakk Debono & the Broken Circle, Los Albuquerque Blues Connection and many more! Join us at Main and Commercial St, downtown Trinidad for another year of the blues. This event is free to the public.

COLFAX

Johnson Mesa Church schedule

RATON—Join us on Sundays at The Johnson Mesa Church, the Little Rock Church on the Mesa, east of Raton. Services are every Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  This  Sunday, Aug. 14 will be our annual picnic. The potluck meal begins at noon, and the worship service will be immediately after the meal. The message will be given by Monte McGowen, Pastor of the Lighthouse Church-Raton NM

23rd Annual Raton International Golf Tournament

RATON—Get ready for the 23rd annual Raton International Golf Tournament sponsored by InBank to be held Friday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 14. Three person teams, fights for everyone, modified scramble format features Stableford Scoring. Please call 575-445-8113 for more information.

Gun show and hunting expo

RATON—Join us at the Raton Convention Center at 901 S. 3rd St. On Saturday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bring an item to trade or sell and get $1 off admission. $ 10 for adults and $9 for veterans, Kids 12 and under are free. Cash paid for military items WWII and earlier. For more information please call 405-503-3665 of email gunshowokie@gmail.com

Raton High School Class of ‘67 Reunion

RATON— There will be a highschool class reunion picnic for the Class of 1967. The reunion will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 12 p.m. at Legion Field in Raton.

Night Sky Viewing

CAPULIN—Come and enjoy the night sky at Capulin Volcano on Saturday, Aug. 20 & 27 from 8 p.m. –  11 p.m. Join Capulin Rangers as we break out the telescopes and explore the different planets and distant deep space objects viewable only from the park. Follow red lights from the visitor center to the observing area. Bring warm clothes, a face covering/mask and your curiosity for an out of this world experience. No reservations needed.

OUT OF OUR WORLD

George McJunkin: Cowboy, Ranch Foreman & Citizen Scientist

SANTA FE  — Join us for a free public education presentation, George McJunkin: A Black Ranch Foreman’s Inspiring Connection to PaleoIndians, a Role Model for Diversity, and the first Pecos Conference, at Pecos National Historical Park’s Forked Lightning Ranch unit, on Sunday, Aug. 14.
In a series of lectures and poster presentations, the event will celebrate the life of George McJunkin, African-American cowboy, ranch supervisor, citizen scientist, historian, and discoverer of the Folsom Paleoindian site. These talks will be held on the centennial of his passing and in conjunction with the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Pecos Conference of Southwestern Archaeology at Pecos Pueblo.

Following the first Pecos Conference in 1927, Dr. A.V. Kidder was called to Folsom, New Mexico to view McJunkin’s find, at which time leading scientists met and confirmed the authenticity and antiquity of the site, demonstrating that Native American ancestors were present in North America during the last Ice Age. New research in 2022 reveals the presence of extensive archaeological sites which can be associated with George McJunkin’s life & work in and around Folsom.

Selected speakers well-versed in New Mexico’s ranching cultures and historic development will remember George McJunkin in the context of his times, his community, and the ranching economy of northeastern New Mexico.  The lectures will begin at 10 a.m. and end at approximately 1 p.m.  A question and answer session will follow. Access the event via Kozlowski’s Trading Post on New Mexico Highway 63, south of Pecos Village.