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Upcoming Events for week of April 11, 2019


“Unsheltered” book discussion at La Veta Library today

LA VETA — The La Veta Library is the place to be Thursday, April 11, 2 pm for an enlightened book discussion led on Sam Law on “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver. This best selling book is the story of two families, at the same New Jersey location in different centuries, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it.


Opioid panel presentation tonight

WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Farm Bureau presents an opioid panel presentation and discussion tonight, Thursday, April 11, 6 pm at the Washington School Auditorium. The discussion will include, but is not limited to: How to help a friend or family member through recovery; Ways to help yourself cope when a friend or family member is going through addiction; Programs in Colorado small towns that have had an impact; What is available locally now; &… What could be done in the future. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND!


Navajo HOA meetings

WALSENBURG — The next Navajo HOA Board Meeting will be held Thursday, April 11, 6:30 pm. The next membership meeting will be held Monday, April 15, 7 pm. Both meetings will be held at the Navajo Western Water District office.


Family Game Night La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Join us at Family Game Night Thursday, April 11, 6 pm! Come down to La Veta Mercantile the second Thursday of each month through April, and have some fun. Beer, wine, soda, coffee, snacks, music, and GAMES!! Fight that boredom and join your neighbors for Board Games with our fearless leader, John Costea. Support our local merchants this spring… we all need each other!


La Veta RE-2 Pre-K and Kindergarten screenings

LA VETA — La Veta Preschool and children new to La Veta Schools entering Kindergarten will be screened Friday, April 12, 9 am to 1 pm by appointment. Screenings will be for fine/gross motor skills, speech/language development, vision and hearing, and preschool well-child checkup provided by Spanish Peaks Regional Health Clinic.

Screenings will be by appointment only, please call the La Veta Elementary office at 742-6417 to schedule. Please allow 2 hours to complete the process.

Participation in this screening does not guarantee enrollment in La Veta Schools. Students must be 4 years old by June 1. In-district children have prioritized registration privileges, all incoming preschoolers and new kindergarten students to the district need to bring birth certificate, immunization records, and insurance information the day of the screening.


Pub Night at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Come get some Pub Grub, and listen to some very talented musicians known as our beloved Celtic Orphans on the next Pub Night, Friday, April 12, 6 to 8 pm. Enjoy some adult beverages, soda, tea and coffee, as well as snackage in a package. Truly incredible artists and it’s FREE!!


Flood siren test in Walsenburg at 10 am this Saturday

WALSENBURG — The City of Walsenburg will be conducting a five minute test of the newly-installed flash flood warning siren at 10 am this Saturday, April 13.

Walsenburg Mayor Dennis Hoyt says the siren will only be tested once, so that residents don’t become accustomed to false- alarm tests and recognize the urgency of the siren when it blares.

A 100-year flood event is likely within the next six years, according to Huerfano County Administrator John Galusha, potentially damaging or destroying as many as 670 homes and dozens of businesses within city limits.


Easter Week in the Spanish Peaks Catholic Community












Empty pockets dinner at United Church

WALSENBURG — Wear your oldest clothes, paint stains and all, to the Empty Pockets Dinner Saturday, April 13, 6 pm after you have paid your taxes. One in a series of community dinners, this one celebrates finishing (we hope) your tax forms and you are left with empty pockets. Dinner and live music starts at 6 pm in the United Church, 108 Kansas. Use the handicap door, the one opposite Loaf ‘n Jug. Also empty your pockets of any remaining pennies; we will collect pennies in tin cups to donate to Dorcas Circle. For the dinner we ask for donations to cover the cost of the food – beans, cornbread, green chili, tortillas, dessert, and drinks. There will be lots of visiting and fun along with the music.


Crunch and Munch La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Ken Saydak and Tom Munch are back again Saturday, April 13, 7 to 9 pm at the Merc! What do you get when you cross the mellow, melodious musical mosaic that is Tom Munch with the blues-soaked crunch of Ken Saydak’s urban Americana? Come find out! Join us for a slightly sweet, some-what nutty evening of music, where two of our areas most prolific performers find common ground in the music of America. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door.


Cuchara Chapel service

CUCHARA — Services are held at 10 am every Sunday at the Cuchara Chapel, located just south of Cuchara Village on Hwy 12. Rev. Eileen Ramsey presides. All welcome, come as you are. ADA accessible. Special message, The Spiritual Power of Jerusalem, guest musician Tom Munch.


Free pancake breakfast at New Hope

WALSENBURG — New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, 801 Pennsylvania, hosts a free pancake breakfast every Sunday at 9 am. A marijuana dependency recovery support group meets Sunday mornings at 11 am .


Afternoon of poetry

LA VETA — An afternoon of poetry in honor of “The Wild” will be held Sunday, April 14, 3 to 5 pm at Tom Doerk’s home, 120 W. Grand. Bring poems to read (your own or other favor- ites!) For more information contact Tom (742-3776) or Robin (742-3398).


Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble Easter concerts

WALSENBURG/LA VETA — The Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble announces its Spring/Easter presentation, featuring a unique, powerful, and compelling Tenebrae Service, a reverential service recalling the events of Holy Week from Palm Sunday through the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. We will be presenting “It Is Finished” by Mary McDonald, at St. Mary’s Church in Walsenburg on Palm Sunday, April 14, 3 pm, and at the La Veta United Methodist Church on Maundy Thursday, April 18, at 6 pm. Please join us for this deep, solemn, and worshipful remembrance of the events of Holy Week – the darkness of the passion of Christ promising the glorious light of the Resurrection. Everyone is welcome. Again, we are ever grateful to Charlies Market for their generous donation of our sheet music.


John Mall High School Festival Concert

WALSENBURG — Come one come all to hear our award winning band and choir ensembles perform their CHSAA contest music for the 2019 season.

The concert will be held on Monday, April 15 in the JMHS cafeteria. Doors open at 5:45 pm and the concert starts at 6 pm. This is a FREE concert with a suggested $5 donation at the

door. All proceeds will go to fund music in our schools. Seating is limited. First come, first served, a night for the whole family to enjoy. Follow the band on Facebook, Huerfano Re-1 Music Department, and see all upcoming events online at


Wind Farm Career Fair

LA VETA/PUEBLO — Fagen Inc., a heavy industrial contractor is interviewing with the possibility of on-the-spot hiring for a wind farm construction project located in Walsenburg CO. Applicants are encouraged to bring resumes, but not required to the career fairs being held in La Veta at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 South Main Street, Tuesday April 16, 10 am to 3 pm or at Pueblo Workforce Center, 212 W 3rd St, Wednesday April 17, 10 am to 4 pm.

These positions available: tower erectors, ironworkers, millwrights, concrete finishers, riggers, form carpenters, equip- ment operators, rodbuster, general laborers. If you cannot at- tend, go to to fill out an application.


American Legion Post 16 meeting

WALSENBURG — The American Legion Post 16 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16, will meet on Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 pm on the 2nd floor of the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center, 23500 US Highway 160. All Veterans and their spouses are invited to attend. We will be discussing current activities as well as any future activities. Come and join us! For further information, contact the Post Commander, Gary Baldwin at 719-738-2801.


Robin Richards at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Join us as we welcome Robin Richards and her “Art and Biography” as she interviews and explores the wood sculpture and crafts of artist Michael Hoffer Thursday, April 18, 2 pm. Michael is new to our community, after spending 26 years in overseeing the fine woodworking department at Santa Fe Community College and running his own business, he has relocated here and plans to open his own woodwork gallery at the Parkside this Spring. Come and welcome Michael and see some of his beautiful creations! Brought to you by the Friends of LaVeta Library. This program is free with delicious refreshments!


High Kings (on DVD) at the Mercantile

LA VETA — The high energy Celtic musical group from Ire- land, the High Kings, will be “giving” a virtual performance on Thursday, April 18, 7 pm at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 S. Main Street. The film, “The High Kings – Four Friends Live.” was filmed and recorded live at The Millennium Forum, Derry in May 2014, just after completing their world tour the year be- fore. The High Kings has just now completed a 2019 tour of America and appeared at the Soiled Dove in Denver on March 21 and 22 to sold out audiences. In 2016 they performed in Huerfano County as part of the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival and generated great excitement because audiences can sing and dance along or simply listen. This screening is part of the Mercantile’s free movie night series so there is no admission. Donations to support this coming September’s Celtic MusicFestival will be enthusiastically accepted. For more information call the Mercantile at 719-742-3387.


Pink Boots Collaboration Beer Release at Crafty Canary Brewery

WALSENBURG — We’ll be tapping our Collaboration beer made at Blue Moon Brewery in Denver on Friday, April 19, 6 pm. Our new Head Brewer Erin McRad and a few ladies from the Pink Boots Society and Blue Moon, made Equal Hopportunity 2.0 a Pomegranate Key Lime IPA. The collaboration brew was made March 9 and will be making its way down to the Crafty Canary Brewery in Walsenburg for us all to enjoy on April 19, beginning at 6 pm until the keg runs out. Our bar manager Aubrey will be making up a crafty cocktail inspired by this beer. We’ll also have our usual amazing cocktails you have all fallen in love with.

Pink Boots Society are here to assist, inspire, and encourage women beer professionals through education and all proceeds of this beer will be donated to PBS. For more information call 719-890-1113


Easter at New Hope

WALSENBURG — New Hope Community Church, 801 Pennsylvania, invites everyone to a sunrise service Easter morning, April 21, 6 am. There will be a brief outdoor service with a special musical guest artist followed by a free fellowship breakfast inside.


La Veta student art show at SPACe

LA VETA —Visit SPACe for the La Veta Schools Student Art Show. The show will be on display until April 20.


La Veta/Cuchara Chamber meeting

LA VETA — La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce will have their monthly board meeting, Thursday, April 25, 8 am at the La Veta Schools Library, 126 East Garland Street.


“Neither Wolf Nor Dog” at the Fox

WALSENBURG — If you missed the first screening of “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” earlier this month, there is a second chance to see this record breaking film, Thursday, April 25, 7:30 pm at the Fox Theatre. The Fox has teamed up with the distributors of the record-breaking independent film, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”, based on the award-winning novel by Kent Nerburn.


Eagles Ladies Auxiliary meeting

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #1187 is having a meeting on Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm. At this meeting, nomination of officers will take place. Please plan on attending this important meeting.


Spanish Peaks Annual Job Fair

LA VETA — The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Spanish Peaks Annual Job Fair at the Old School Gym at the La Veta Schools Saturday, April 27, 12 pm. We will be recruiting business owners and job resource centers to attend. We will also hold a resume workshop for job applicants. Email for more information or to participate.


EARTH exhibition at MOF

WALSENBURG — EARTH an exhibition with over 50 Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) members will open at the Museum of Friends on Saturday April 27. Please join us to celebrate Earth Day with a unique opportunity to see the work of artists from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and other locales as these artists share their love of painting outdoor with their spectacular works. Walsenburg will have a make- over as PAAC does a “paint out” of our town. PAAC was created for the love of Plein Air Painting and to enjoy the camaraderie of painting outdoors that creates opportunities to paint together while being open to everyone at every level.

The museum opens at noon with Plein Air Painting demonstrations commencing at 1 until 3 pm. Join us at the Fox at 3:30 to see Loving Vincent an animation of the incredible Plein Air Paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Loving Vincent brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by professional oil-painters (including a PAAC member) who traveled from all across Europe to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. After the film we are back at MOF for an open- ing celebration with light refreshments and music.

The school tour program is available for kindergarten through high school with pre and post visit materials available for teachers interested in visiting with their students.

Please visit: or stop in for more information or a card.


Huerfano County Democratic PartyMother Jones Dinner

WALSENBURG — The annual Mother Jones Dinner fund- raiser for the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be April 27, 5:30 to 9 pm at The Eagle Hall, 614 Main Street. Tickets for the dinner are now available

Show your support of the Huerfano County Democratic Party by buying tickets. The Keynote speaker is newly elected Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.

The upcoming 2020 election may be the most important election of our lives. Many offices are up for re-election including: President, Senate, and House of Representatives, and 2 county commissioners. We need to prepare for the 2020 election cycle!

Unite, participate, persist! Tickets available from Huerfano County Democratic Party central committee members or available on line at or call 719-859-5085


WHS class of 1969 reunion planning

WALSENBURG — We’re planning a class reunion for the WHS class of 1969 on July 26th and 27th here in Walsenburg. At the present time, we are trying to contact classmates to get addresses, emails, etc.. Below are people to contact with ad- dresses: These people can be contacted via FB: Ben Trujillo, Larry Garbiso, Cathy Cordova (Tom), Theresa Martinez, Al- vina Valdez, Marlene Spengler (Vallejos), Theresa Martinez can also be contacted at or 719-738- 1896…( messages).



Autism support group meeting tonight

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Autism Awareness Chapter will hold their monthly support group for families with a loved one with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Developmental Delay Thursday, April 11, 6 to 8 pm at the Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Avenue. A complementary dinner is served sponsored by Shandy Clinic. There will be a presentation followed by round table discussion.


Youth job fair in Trinidad

TRINIDAD — Calling all youth between 14 and 24 years of age, Friday, April 12, 1 to 4 pm at the Trinidad Workforce Center, 140 N. Commercial Street, there will be a job fair especially for young folks. Please bring your resume and dress for success! For more information call 719-846-9221.


Carnegie Pop up library

TRINIDAD — Where will we pop up next? We will be at the Youth Club, 204 E. Kansas Ave, Friday, April 12, 6 to 8 pm. Celebrate Family Game Night, get your own library card, check out books and learn about Carnegie Library events and services.


Guided meditation: Overcoming Fear

TRINIDAD — A special free meditation will be held Friday, April 12, 7 to 8 pm at Hearth of the Goddess, 149 E Main St #4. This guided meditation focuses on overcoming fear and ending self sabotage leaving ourselves free to achieve our dreams. This meditation is open to people of all backgrounds, and the main goal is to take some time from our busy lives to relax and

focus on self-care. We recommend bringing yoga mats, blankets and pillows from home to make the floor more comfort- able while we meditate. For more information call 719-680-3663.


Annual Health Fair at Mt. San Rafael

TRINIDAD — Mt. San Rafael Hospital proudly presents the ANNUAL 5HEALTH FAIR Saturday, April 13, 7:30 am to 12 pm. Register in the Lobby the morning of OR online at

Services Available: Blood Chemistry Analysis – $35 (located in the cafeteria); PSA Screening – $35; Blood Cell Count – $25; Colon Cancer Screening Kit – $30; Vitamin D – $50; Hemoglobin A1C – $35; Testosterone Male – $45; Vitamin B12 – $12; High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein hsCRP – $35; Blood Type (online registration only) – $30

Also there are FREE Screenings: Blood Pressure; Body & Balance; Height/Weight; Bone Health Heel Ultrasound Screen- ing. Please call Lynda Pachelli for more information – 846-8051


Spring cleanup at the Good Food Project

TRINIDAD — The Good Food Project Farm, 33812 St. Hwy 12 (Jensen), is having Spring Cleanup Days every Saturday in April, 8 am to 12 pm. Spring cleaning participants earn vouchers to use at the Farmers Market. Watch for the signs, mile marker 68.


Autism Awareness Chapter bake sale

TRINIDAD — A variety of home baked goods will be on sale to support the Trinidad Autism Awareness Chapter Saturday, April 13, 9 am to 3 pm at Big R, 2208 Freedom Road. For more information call 719-439-8730.


ROAR Relay for Life Board Game Night

TRINIDAD — Relay for Life is sponsoring a board game night Saturday, April 13, 4 to 8 pm at Corradino Auto Body, 124 N Maple. Bring a potluck item to play games for free! If you’d just like to play games, donate $5 and you are in!

Raffle tickets available for purchase for prize drawings. Coloring contest for kids. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. For more information call 719-680-0693.


Egg-cellent Easter hunt

TRINIDAD — Alta Vista Alternatives, 415 S Indiana Ave. is hosting an Easter Egg hunt for any special needs child or teen plus the families and friends who love and care for them Saturday, April 13, 2 to 4 pm. There will be friends, food, and fun. Every child receives a prize basket. Enter to win a “Family Night in” prize package. For more info call 719-846-4400.


Trinidad Elks Spring Craft Fair

TRINIDAD — The annual Elks Spring Craft Fair will be Saturday, April 13, 10 am to 3 pm at the Trinidad Elks Lodge, 120 S. Maple. We love hand made crafts and direct sales reps are welcome. Tables are $10 each.


Spanish Peaks Inn breakfast buffet

GULNARE —Spanish Peaks Inn is having their monthly breakfast buffet Sunday, April 14, 8 am to 12 pm. Come out for a breakfast feast for only $10. Spanish Peaks Inn also has Lent specials every Friday and don’t forget Taco Tuesdays! The Inn will also have Easter Dinner featuring ham, mashed potatos/gravy, veggie and roll for only $10.


Easter egg hunt

TRINIDAD — An Easter Egg hunt for ages 0 to 13, presented by Southern Colorado Family Center will be held Sunday, April 14, 1 to 5 pm at Los Ninos Field, Chestnut and Elm. Illusional Dance Studio will be hosting Easter games, cake walk, games, and concessions. The Easter egg hunt begins at 3 pm. For more information call 719-251-6509.


Social work office hours at Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Beginning Monday, April 15, 1 pm the Carnegie Public Library has a new service. They have partnered with Health Solutions to offer this new service. Join us from 1- 4:30 pm every Monday to visit with a licensed social worker. She’ll be on site to connect you with resources, and answer questions.


Representative Ken Buck at Fort Wootton

TRINIDAD — Representative Ken Buck will meet with veterans to gather their concerns Tuesday, April 16, 11 am to 12:30 pm at LAC Veterans Affairs, Fort Wootton Memorial, 204 S Chestnut Street. For more info contact:


Trinidad Proud training RSVP by 4/16

TRINIDAD — The City of Trinidad Tourism Board and Trinidad State Junior College have partnered to offer a free, half- day presentation for local businesses and individuals who interact with visitors to our community. Topics will include the importance of tourism to Trinidad, area festivals, museums, Old West architecture, the Highway of Legends, hiking and biking opportunities and other recreation opportunities.

The free event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, 8 to 11:30 am in the Pioneer Room located in the Sullivan Center on the campus of Trinidad State Junior College. In order to plan for seating, please RSVP no later than 5 pm, Tuesday April 16 to either Marty Hackett ( 719-846- 9512) or Donna Haddow ( 719-846-5724).


You’re invited to our Family Cafe at TSJC

TRINIDAD — HuLA Early Childhood Council invites all parents with young children to our first Family Café, Tuesday, April 16, 6 to 8 pm at TSJC Adult Education Services, 600 Prospect Street. Enjoy supper, meet other families, make connections, and learn about resources. Childcare will be on site. Space is limited so call and registered at HuLA Early Child- hood Council, (719) 845-0463.


TLAC April Luncheon

TRINIDAD — Please join us for your chamber luncheon on Wed., April 17, 12 pm in the TSJC Pioneer Room. Our sponsor this month is Trinidad Triggers Baseball. Kim Schultz will bring us up to date on this season’s team, schedule, and events.

Lunch is at noon is $12 per person. RSVP to or call 719-846-9285.


Heritage nights: all things adobe at THM

TRINIDAD — Each month on the third Thursday, the Trini- dad History Museum, 120 S Chestnut St., hosts a heritage night focusing on different aspects of Colorado life. This month, Thursday, April 18, 5 to 7 pm learn all about “All Things Adobe”. Enjoy sweets, treats, and hands-on activities! These programs are geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome.


Schubert Mass in G

TRINIDAD — Experience the master of melody Thursday, April 18, 7 to 8:30 pm at United Methodist Church, Trinidad, 216 Broom Street performed by Trinidad Chamber Singers. Franz Schubert was and is still a composer most known for his beautiful melodies and flowing vocal writing. This is a wonderful concert for the classical music lover as well as those who may be new to classical music listening. More Information:


Easter get together/egg hunt at Trinidad Inn Nursing Home

TRINIDAD — You’re invited join us for a special Easter Get- Together Friday, April 19, 1 pm at Trinidad Inn Nursing Home, 409 Benedicta Ave. We’ll have an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!


Trinidad State Art Show opening

TRINIDAD — The opening reception for TSJC art show will be Friday, April 19, 4 to 6 pm at Artcartopia Museum, 2702 Freedom Road. For more information, contact Ily S. Reiling: 303-359-2579


Trinidad Community Theatre presents The Scarlet Letter

TRINIDAD — A collaboration with Trinidad High School and Trinidad State Junior College presents The Scarlet Letter by Phyliss Nagy, adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, 131 W Main Street.

Set in 17th century Boston, a Puritan settlement at the time, young Hester Prynne is led from the town prison with her infant daughter, Pearl, in her arms and the scarlet letter “A” on her breast. Rumors in the crowd mutter that Hester is being punished for adultery.

This masterpiece examines the timeless truth that compassion and understanding are more powerful and enduring than vengeance and cruelty.

Trinidad High School students comprise the Scarlet Letter Creative Team that is working with director Harriet Vaugeois to make this timeless piece relevant, entertaining, and thought- provoking for high school and college students, as well as other mature youth and all adults.

SHOWTIMES: Friday, April 19, 7 pm; Saturday, April 20, 7pm; Sunday, April 21, 2 pm; Friday, April 26, 7 pm; Saturday, April 27, 7 pm; Sunday, April 28, 2 pm. TICKETS: 719-846-4765


Apishapa Run Adventure Ride

TRINIDAD — This ride is part of the Explore Las Animas Dirt Series and will be held Saturday, April 20, 7 am to 5 pm. Ad- venture rides are not races. They’re about having fun hanging with like minded people who want to explore and ride hard. Rides are timed, but not for competitive purposes. Again, all roads are open and you must obey traffic laws.

This is another ride back in time. The Apishapa culture, or Apishapa Phase, was a prehistoric culture from 1000-1400, based upon an archaeological site in the Lower Apishapa canyon of southeastern Colorado. It was formed by the Apishapa River, a tributary of the Arkansas River. This ride will take you into one of the most remote parts of Las Animas County. Truly a route for the explorer in all of us. A significant portion of the ride takes place on dirt, with pavement mostly confined to the front and back of end of the ride. You’ll ride through an area that will test your fortitude and take you back to the days of early hunter and gathers of the canyon and plains region. $75 registration; 7 am, registration; 8:30 am warm up, 9 am start. Finish at Elm Street Train Depot (apx 3 pm, followed by dinner (apx 4:00 PM). For more information:



Passover Seder

TRINIDAD — A Passover Seder will be held Saturday, April 20, 5 to 10 pm at Temple Aaron, 407 S Maple Street. Rabbi Jack Schlachter will officiate, and a meal will be provided by Alys Romer. Tickets are $36. To reserve your spot during early registration, please send a check to: Temple Aaron of Trinidad, C/O Randy Rubin, 228 S. 6th St, Raton, NM 87740. Please make sure to include your current address, phone # and email address for confirmation purposes. Thank you!


Fort Wootton Easter Sunday Pancake Brunch

TRINIDAD — Come join our local veterans for a hot brunch on Easter Sunday, April 21, 8:30 am at Fort Wootton, 204 S Chestnut Street. The brunch is sponsored by the First National Bank In Trinidad. After the meal there will Easter egg hunts in the courtyard for children 12 and under. Cost for the brunch/egg hunt is $6 plate pancakes, sausage and eggs. You can pre-purchase tickets at the following sponsor locations: State Farm Laura Debella 535 E Main, the ambassadors of the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber Of Commerce, Walking Y Ranch, Peak Cinemas, First National Bank In Trinidad. For more information contact: or visit:


Kindergarten Pre-registration for Eckhart Elementary School

TRINIDAD — Attention: Parents of incoming Kindergarten Students for the 2019-2020 School Year

Pre-registration and pre-screening will take place at Eck- hart Elementary School on Thursday, April 25, 8:30 am to 1 pm. Your child will be pre-screened by a kindergarten teacher. This process should take approximately 30 minutes. You must bring the following items with you: your child, completed registration packet, immunization record, and official birth certificate. If your child attends COG or Headstart, teachers will give parents the pre-registration packet by Monday, April 15. Registration packets will be available for children who do not attend COG or Headstart. Parents are welcome to come in to pick up a registration packet at Eckhart Elementary School.

We are excited to have your child join us. Eckhart Eleme tary School is a “Leader in Me Lighthouse School”. Each day students learn and practice the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students as staff work to develop the leader in each child.

At the start of the new school year, parents still need to at- tend registration to receive their child’s teacher assignment and new school year information. Parents and children will be able to tour the building, keeping in mind that school is still in session.


Second Annual Corazon de Trinidad Poetry Festival

TRINIDAD — The second annual Corazon de Trinidad Poetry Festival will be held Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27. Events include Open Mic, Poetry Out Loud, Readings and Book Signing, Writing Workshops, Adult and Youth Sessions, and more.

The festival features: Alan Ainsworth, Molina Speaks, Juan Morales, and Maria Melendez Kelson. The festival will be held at: The Bloom Mansion at the Trinidad History Museum, 312 E Main St and Berg Little Theater at Trinidad State Junior College. Search: Corazon de Trinidad Poetry for more information.


Small acreage landowner workshop at TSJC

TRINIDAD — The Colorado State University extension office in Las Animas County is offering a small acreage workshop Saturday April 27, 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Leone Lounge on the campus of Trinidad State Junior College.

There will be experts from agencies and organizations from across Southeast Colorado covering key ways to get the most from your slice of paradise. The morning workshop will look at wildfire mitigation to common health issues for horses to livestock.

Following lunch will be a field visit where there will be an overview presented concerning your property, native and weedy plants, the establishment of pollinator plants, and a look at soil erosion mitigation.

Register at For more information call Lori Brown at 719-846-3681 extension 3122 or Kim Smart at 719-846-6881.


Vendors, start planning for Santa Fe Trail Days Festival

TRINIDAD — The rumors are true! The Santa Fe Trail Festival is returning to downtown Trinidad on June 28th and 29th.

Applications for Food and Non-Food Vendors are now available on the Chamber website. In addition to the applications, there is a Sponsorship Form for anyone wanting to help sponsor this year’s event.

The Chamber website has the forms for downloading. Vendors make sure to download the Vendor Information with your Food or Non-Food Application. Completed applications may be mailed to or dropped off at the Chamber office, 136 W Main St., Trinidad CO 81082. If you have any questions please call Linda Barron 719.680.4498, or email Thank you for continuing to support our community and local vendors.

This is probably a VERY good time for Chamber Business members to check business listings on the Chamber website There many businesses that have not provided us with logo’s, company de- tailed information, website, or social media info.



Fire & Ice 2019 STEAM workshop

DES MOINES — This STEAM workshop, Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at the Mandala Center, 96 Mandala Rd @HWY 87, is an opportunity for middle & high school teachers to learn how STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math program can benefit them and their students. For more information contact the Mandala Center, 575-278-3002 or visit the website


Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

DES MOINES — The Knights of Columbus will host a fish fry Friday, April 12, 3 pm at the Des Moines EMS Building, 77 N Olive Street. Great fish and fixings for $6 a plate.


Ralph R. Solano Memorial Exhibit

RATON — The opening reception of the Ralph R. Solano Memorial Exhibit will take place Friday, April 12, 5 to 7 pm at Old Pass Gallery, 145 S 1st Street. For more info call 575-445-2052.


Volunteer work day at Blue Sky Ranch

RATON — Hey folks! A call to action! We are having a volunteer work day Saturday, April 13 to build an obstacle course for our horses and program participants and redo some fencing for horses. We are looking for folks who aren’t afraid to work, sweat, and have a great time in the process. We can pro- vide a lunch and drinks to those that show up. Have a back hoe sitting around? Bring it on over. Tractor tire laying around? We need them! Blue Sky Ranch is located at the top of North 1st Street in Raton, then left on Fairview all the way to the end of the road.


Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast

RATON — St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s Parish is holding the Knights of Columbus Coronado Council 1332 Pancake Break- fast Sunday, April 14, 7 am to 12 pm so COME HUNGRY! Proceeds benefit the Knights of Columbus “Ed Fidel Memorial Scholarship”. Join them on Sunday, April 14, at the St. Joseph’s – St Patrick’s Parish Hall serving from 7 am to Noon. Adult breakfasts are $6, Children 12 and under pay only $4.


Holy Week luncheons in Raton

RATON — Several churches in Raton will be providing lunch- eons every day for Holy Week. Everyone is invited to these meals and devotionals. The location changes but all will begin at 12 noon. Come together as a community and remember this special week. Monday, April 15, – Calvary Baptist Church, 1345 Brilliant Street; Tuesday, April 16- 1st Presbyterian Church, 300 S. 3rd; Wednesday, April 17- Family Worship Center, 1501 S. 4th St.(at the Methodist Church); Thursday, April 18 – First United Methodist Church at 1501 S. 4th St.


Santuario de Chimayo Mass

CHIMAYO — St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is scheduled to do Mass at the Santuario de Chimayo on Monday, April 15, 3 pm. If you plan on going during Holy Week, please make it on Monday to support our Parish Mass there! For more information email: St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church@catholicchurchratonnm


Des Moines Health Fair

DES MOINES — Come out Wednesday, April 17, 8 am to 11:30 am at Des Moines EMS Building, 77 N. Olive right behind the Old Firehouse for the Des Moines health fair.

For best results fast 10-12 hours before these tests: Lipid Profile  Chem-12  Diabetic

Other tests that do not require fasting are: Cholesterol Test, Thyroid and Prostate for men. Blood work is provided by UCGH of Clayton. Results will be mailed back to you. The staff at UCGH cannot answer any questions about test results. You will need to contact your doctor.

Local EMS will perform these tests free of charge: Blood pressure, Pulse, ECG readings, Blood Sugar and Oxygen levels in the blood. Donations accepted for restocking.

For more information contact: Tami Stogsdill @ 575-447- 6570 or 278-2101 Ivy- Lab Tech @ UCGH 575-374-2585 ext.7130


Health Council/ substance misuse

RATON — The Health Council meetings for April will be held as follows: the Substance Misuse Meeting Wednesday, April 17, 2 pm at CYFD in JPO meeting room. (Knock on back door); the Health Council Meeting Thursday, April 18, 11 am, at the CYFD Raton Conference Room.


Recharging Our Community Economy workshop series ~ GrowRaton!

RATON — Be a helping hand in changing Raton’s economy! Your participation in this workshop could make a difference to the future health and wealth of Raton, New Mexico. The next workshop will be Thursday, April 18, 9 am to 3 pm at the Raton Convention Center (Lower Level). Registration begins at 8:30 am. Lunch is provided

• Re-charging our community’s 8 forms of wealth (individual, social, intellectual, natural, built, political, financial and cultural); • Re-building your confidence and effectiveness as a com- munity leader, business owner, social or civic member and as an individual;

• Re-discovering and analyzing the value chains of industries within the community and learning how to add wealth to these businesses and our community.

Workshop registration is free. For more information: (575) 224-6718 |
NOTE: You must register for every workshop date separately


Quilt exhibit at Raton Museum

RATON — Retreat House Quilters has about 14 members who have made quilts that will be on display along with other historical artifacts through the month of April at Raton Museum, 108 South Second Street.


Arthur Johnson Memorial Library FOL membership drive

RATON — The Friends of the Library are holding a member- ship drive! People interested in community involvement can support the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library by becoming a Friend. The Friends of the Library is an independent organization that raises funds to help support the library through programming, collection development, occasional temporary

staff, computer needs, and promotional materials.
Those interested can sign a membership form at the library and receive a membership card good for the year April

2019 through March 2020. Membership dues are $10.


Colfax County Assessors Outreach

SPRINGER — Assessor’s Office Personnel will be available to answer your questions pertaining to Head of Family, Veteran’s, and Disabled Veteran’s Exemptions, 65 & Older/Disabled at any Age Valuation Freeze, Property Valuation Protest, Property Owner Account Information, and more Thursday, April 18, 10 am to 12 pm at Springer Senior Center, 504 Maxwell Ave.


UMC Holy Week

RATON — Maundy Thursday Service at First United Methodist Church, 1501 S 4th St, in Raton April 18, 7 pm.

Good Friday Service at Grace United Methodist Church, 7 Moody Ave, in Des Moines, April 19, 7 pm. Easter Service including the choir preforming an Easter Cantata at First United Methodist Church in Raton, April 21, 11 am. Easter Service at Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines, April 21, 8 am with a breakfast potluck to follow.


Good Friday Processional Walk Raton

RATON — The Processional Walk will be held Friday, April 19, 6 to 8 am. We will start out at Fairmont Cemetery 6 to 6:30 am, pray for the departed and share a nice early morning walk to Mount Calvary Cemetery sharing fellowship and prayer of the rosary on this Good Friday.


2019 Aqua Egg Hunt

RATON — The annual Aqua Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 20, 11:30 am to 6 pm at the Raton Regional Aquatic Center. Admission is $5 per child regardless of age. Parents admission is FREE! Open Swim 11:30 Am – 6 PM. Pictures with Easter Bunny. Come dunk, dive, swim, splash for over 1000 eggs in the pool! This event is sponsored by Raton Elks Club. Contact Raton Parks and Rec by calling 575-445-4271.


Springer K of C Easter Egg Hunt

SPRINGER — The Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, April 20, 10 am at Horseshoe Park. The hunt is for kids ages 2 to 10. Prizes will be awarded!


Easter Egg Hunt at First Baptist Church

RATON — The First Baptist Church of Raton, 225 S. 3rd St. will hold an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 20, 2 pm.


Easter Sunday at Mesa Church

RATON — There’s a reason for resurrection. Join us on Easter Sunday, April 21, 10:30 am at Mesa Church, 140 N. 1st St., to celebrate the resurrection power of Jesus Christ! #StillHasThe- Power

After the service, we will have a BBQ and an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos.


Easter at FWC

RATON — Easter Sunday, April 21, Family Worship Center will have a full morning of activity to celebrate. We are planning two powerful services and an 10,000 Egg Easter Egg Hunt after the 2nd service! We look forward to seeing you there! -9AM Service

-11AM Service
-12:45 10,000 Easter Egg Hunt


100th anniversary for Raton Public Service Co.

RATON — Come and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Raton Public Service company. A reception will be held on Monday, April 22, 1 to 4 pm at Raton Convention Center. Refreshments will be served. Come register in person for a chance to win one of RVE $100 electric bill credits. Winning entries must have an active electric account listed on the entry form. Register for door prizes, sign up for power plant tours, and just come out and experience 100 years of electrical history.


28th Annual Colfax County Family Health Fair

RATON — The annual Colfax County Health Fair will be Thursday, April 25, 9 am to 3 pm at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd. The health fair will include vendors, free and reduced-fee screenings, interactive exhibits, educational materials and resources, giveaways, and more! A special frozen treat will be given out in honor of Colfax County’s 150th anniversary!

If you are interested in volunteering, would like more information on the event, or have a special needs request, please contact the Colfax County Extension Office at 575-445-8071 or


Old Pass Gallery call for artists: “May Flowers”

RATON — We are looking for all kinds of “May Flowers” for the show to be hung on April 29. Old Pass Gallery will accept up to 5 pieces of artwork on Thursday, April 25 & Friday, April 26. All entries must be original works (painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, jewelry and textile). There is a $10 entry fee per piece or $5 per piece if you are a current Artist member. For additional information or questions, director@ra- or call (575) 445-2052. Please join us in celebrating Raton’s Summer of Color!


Certified Food Manager Class

RATON — Do you need a Food Manager Certification to work in your restaurant or food business? Sign up for this LOCAL class to be held Thursday and Friday April 25 and 26 at The Center for Sustainable Community.

The class is conducted by Florence Higgins, R.S. Certified Food Service Instructor, the training consists of lecture, chapter quizzes, hands on demonstrations and group problem solving. Each student receives a copy of the Certified Food Manager Text book (developed by the National Environmental Health Association, NEHA)

Certification awarded when exam is successfully passed and is renewable every 5 years. The total cost of the class is $195. To sign up call the Center 575-245-9000 or call Florence 575-447-6474.


Blood Drive Des Moines

DES MOINES — Be a part of something bigger than yourself during the Des Moines Community Blood Drive Friday, April 26, 9 am to 12 pm at the high school gym. Call Tami Stogsdill at 575-278-2101 to sign up. Sponsor code: dmc at


Spring for Hops & Vine

RATON — Join Us for our annual fundraising event, Saturday, April 27, 5 to 8 pm at Raton Museum. This fundraiser is brought to you by Raton MainStreet and the admission is $15. The event includes beer and wine tasting featuring Noisy Water Winery, Blu Dragonfly Brewing, and Colfax Ale Cellar. There will be paired Hors d’ oeuvres and a silent auction. For additional information or questions, contact or call (575) 445-2052.


Raton Cycling group ride

RATON — The April group ride will be Saturday, April 27, 12 pm. The plan is to start on top of Johnson Mesa, Hwy 72, mile- post 12, and go all the way across the mesa and back. The ride should be about 25 miles. This is a great ride as long as the weather cooperates. I’d bring a light wind breaker, pullover and thermal tights just in case. As always the ride is open to road cyclist of all levels



Mental Health in the Sangres symposium early bird tickets available

PUEBLO — The 8th Annual Mental Health in the Sangres symposium will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Pueblo Community College in the Fortino Ballroom from 8:00am-4:30pm. The purpose of this all day event is to destigmatize mental health and provide an affordable training opportunity for Southern Colorado professionals.

This year’s symposium will be a series of educational presentations and panel discussions on mental health through the lifespan of a child, from early childhood issues to adolescent substance use. Attendees will receive a certificate for 6 hours of attendance.

Early bird tickets are $40 and are available until May 3, 2019. The cost of the tickets will then go up to $50. Price of registration includes a boxed lunch. Corporate sponsorships are also available.

For more information, please visit or contact Dawn Yengich at 719-251-3971.


Growing, Using and Preserving Herbs

PUEBLO — Build and plant your own windowsill herb gar- den in this fun, hands-on class offered by CSU Extension-Pueblo County. Growing, Using and Preserving Herbs will be presented on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 pm. or Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Participants will learn to grow and care for herbs; flavor and food combinations; and how to dry and store herbs.

Class fee $20.00 (includes planter). Registration is required by May 15th. To register, mail or bring payment (cash of checks payable to “Pueblo County Extension Program Fund” only) to CSU Extension, 701 Court Street, Suite C, Pueblo, 81003 or register by credit card online at Call 583-6566 for more in- formation. Space is limited.