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Upcoming Events for week of April 25, 2019


Diabetes self-management free workshop today

WALSENBURG — A free four part series on managing diabetes begins today, Thursday, Aril 25, 2 to 4 pm at Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic, 129 Kansas Avenue. Learn how to eat healthier, reduce health risks, manage diabetes, live better, and feel better. Free resources. Participants are urged to attend all sessions. Classes will take place April 25, May 2, May 9, and May 16, from 2-4pm. For more information or register call 719- 845-3117.


Art and culture of Southwest Native Americans at La Veta Public Library

LA VETA — Join us at the La Veta Public Library Thursday, April 25, 2 pm as we welcome educator, artist and archaeologist Rebecca Myers as she presents a program exploring the arts and cultures of Southwest Native Americans, with an emphasis on weaving and pottery. Topics covered will include the process in creating their amazing works as well as archaeological and socio/economic information. She will also share some personal anecdotes of previous experiences that enhanced her appreciation of Southwest Art. This fascinating program is sponsored by the Friends of LaVeta Library and, as always, free with refreshments. For info call 719-742-3572.


JMHS Panther Brigade meeting

WALSENBURG — The 2019-20 Panther Brigade season is upon us. There is an informational meeting this Thursday, April 25, at 6:15 in the JMHS music room. We are marching students who are in 8th-12th grade next season (7th grade with director permission) Hope to see you all there!


“The Grunch” a new children’s musical

LA VETA — The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts and The La Veta Schools present “The Grunch”, a new children’s musical. There will be four performances: Thursday, April 25, 7 pm; Friday, April 26, 7 pm; Saturday, April 27, 7 pm; and Sunday, April 28, 2 pm. The book, music, and lyrics are by Denver Casado and Betina Hrshey. Additional material by Brian Daw- son. Tickets are $5. Member discounts do not apply. Advance tickets: La Veta: 719-742-5496; Cuchara: 719-742-3092; or tickets available at the door. Doors open one half hour before show time. First come, first served for seating. Francisco Center for the Performing Arts, 127 W Francisco St


“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 it, 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.


Arbor Day program at Lathrop Park

WALSENBURG — Friday, April 26, in observance of Arbor Day, Park Naturalist Tom Macedo will conduct a Junior Ranger Activity about trees. Kids will learn about trees, make their own tree-disc medallion, fill out a simple worksheet about trees and earn a Junior Ranger badge. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center at 9 am. As always any vehicle in the State Park must display a park pass. If you would like to attend but don’t have a park pass, remember you may check one out of either Spanish Peaks Library or La Veta Library for up to one week.


Eagles Ladies Auxiliary meeting

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


Spanish Peaks Job Fair

LA VETA – This year’s Spanish Peaks Community Job Fair, sponsored by the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce and Huerfano County Economic Development, will be held Saturday, April 27, 12 to 3 pm at the La Veta School Gymnasium, 126 E Garland. You will have the opportunity to apply for jobs, talk with lock job resource centers, and learn the best ways to optimize your resume. Open to all experience levels.

Meet with employers including the U.S. Army, Walsenburg Work Force, local restaurants, Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, vacation rentals, and local businesses. Resume assistance from 12-2:30 pm.

Tables are available at no charge to employers. For more information, please contact Aubrey Fassiatto at (630) 271-7908.


Free movie at the Fox “Loving Vincent”

WALSENBURG — Saturday, April 27, 3:30 to 6:30 pm at the Fox Theatre view an artistic achievement, “Loving Vincent”. “Loving Vincent” is the world’s first fully painted film. Lov- ing 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.


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 beginning at noon. Please join us to celebrate Earth Day with an 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.

The museum opens at noon and Plein Air Painting demonstrations are from 1 to 3 pm with Andrea Gabel, Kathy Wardle and Melissa Arthur. Join us at the Fox at 3:30 to see “Loving Vincent” an animation of the incredible Plein Air Paintings of Vincent van Gogh. After the film we are back at MoF for an opening celebration with refreshments by Alys Romer.

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. The focus of the tour is to uplift community pride with new images of Walsenburg’s beauty as depicted by visiting Plein Air Artists. Please visit: or stop in for more information or a card.


Huerfano County Democratic Party Mother 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


SPACe “Found Objects Morphed” show reception

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council invites everyone to see the new show, “Found Objects Morphed”, now on dis- play. There will be a reception Saturday, April 27, 5 – 7 pm with refreshments provided. Alamosa artist E.C. Hanson is the Featured Artist for the show. She is showing 17 pieces she has created from repurposed items. In addition, outstanding works by La Veta artist Gary Weston, Trinidad artist Kyla Clark, and nine other area artists round out the show.

SPACe is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am – 2 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm. The show will be on display until May 18. Call 719 742-3074 or visit or on Facebook for more information.


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 however, Sunday, April 28 Rev. John Hudson from Hidden Treasures Ministries to be the guest speaker. All welcome, come as you are. ADA accessible.


Spring herb and wildflower walk

LA VETA — Join local naturalist and ethnobotanist Bob Kennemer on Sunday, April 28, 12 to 3 pm on a gentle guided walk in and around La Veta. We will identify early season flowers along with edible, useful, medicinal, and poisonous wild plants. This is the first in a series of forays and lectures focusing on historical uses of wild plants, mushrooms, and the natural history of the Cuchara Valley and Spanish Peaks region. For more information and to register, email Bob at:


Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market meeting

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market Meet- ing for the 2019 season will be Sunday, April 28, 12 pm at Daily Perks, 110 E. 5th Street. All interested vendors/participants are welcome.


Notre Dame reconstruction presentation

LA VETA — La Veta Library Director, Dr. Anthony Masinton, holds a PhD in medieval church architecture and archaeology. Before coming to La Veta he studied and restored ancient churches in England for the past 15 years. On Tuesday, April 30, 2 pm we welcome Tony as he shares his expertise and dis- cusses what will happen now as far as reconstruction of Notre Dame, how the past holds a key to the future, and why the spire might not be such a loss after all. You won’t want to miss this timely and fascinating discussion sponsored by the Friends of LaVeta Library. The program is free, and refreshments will be served.


Pedestrian & bicycle improvements

WALSENBURG — CDOT began the long planned pedestrian and bicycle access improvements for Walsenburg Monday, April 22, the construction will last through June. The project provides right of way and infrastructure improvements to the City of Walsenburg which will include upgrades to curb ramps, add and upgrade sidewalks for improved access, installation of flashing beacons for safer crossings at the water park and library. Construction will occur Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm. Please be aware of workers in these areas and expect some delays.


Bingo at Eagles Hall

WALSENBURG — Eagles Lodge #1187 hosts “Bingo Night” every Wednesday, doors open at 6pm at Eagles Hall, 612 Main Street. Also the Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a raffle event. Come out and enjoy the fun!


HCCC meets May 2

WALSENBURG — Come to the Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) meeting, will be Thursday, May 2, 12 pm at the Huerfano County Ambulance Annex, 326 Main Street. Lunch will be served and many members of the community will be on hand to share their upcoming activities. If you would like to be on the agenda, please either call Debbie Channel at 719-250-9367 or email: dchannel@sprhc.


National Day of Prayer

WALSENBURG — The National Day of Prayer will be celebrated Thursday, May 2, 12 pm at the Courthouse. The theme of this years National Day of Prayer is “Love One Another” from John 13:34.

We desire to come together at this time, as disciples of Jesus Christ, known not by our creeds or doctrines, but by our love for one another as Jesus commanded. We want to pray for our local schools, government, leaders, law enforcement, and citizens. Also to pray for those who are leaders in our state and our national governments. Believing that as we pray and choose to live in our calling to Love One Another, we can be change agents of His in this world. We would love for you to join us in this time of prayer at 12 noon Thursday May 2, 2019 at the Huerfano County Courthouse.


Francisco Fort Museum clean-up day

LA VETA — Francisco Fort Museum’s annual clean-up day is Saturday, May 4, 9 am. Volunteers will meet at the front of the museum gift shop next to the La Veta library.
We need volunteers to help us clean the museum grounds, the inside and outside of buildings, the exhibits, and to set up picnic tables/benches. Food, beverage, and fun will be supplied. Please supply your own work gloves and bring yard tools if you have some, but we have tools to share. Call 719-742-5501 for more info.


Eagles Ladies Auxiliary Rummage Sale on Saturday May 5

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #1187 is having a rummage sale Saturday, May 4, 9 am to 4 pm at Eagles Hall, 612 Main Street.


David Starr & Erik Stucky at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Sunday, May 5, 7 to 9 pm at the Mercantile come out to hear the music of David Starr & Erik Stucky. Americana songwriter David Starr released an evocative new album, South and West, in June 2018. The project draws inspiration from the bountiful songwriting community in Nashville, as well as the beautiful backdrop of the Grand Mesa near his home in Cedaredge, Colorado. Stucky, who began putting pen to paper when he was a junior in high school but really got serious about it about four years ago, writes or co-writes all his songs. “I don’t only write things that necessarily apply to me; I like to get a feeling for whatever is out there and go outside my direct experiences. That is where I get my most creative and relatable songs.”

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 day of show.


La Veta/Cuchara Chamber meeting

LA VETA —The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce monthly board meeting will be held Thursday, May 9, 8 am at La Veta Schools Library, 126 East Garland Street.


La Veta school calendar listings available

LA VETA — Attention folks displaced by the Spring Fire and those with cell phone numbers and no land lines. The 2020 La Veta School Calendar is now being put together, and we have lost touch with some of you. Please call Bobbie Andreatta at 719-742-3564 to get your address and listings updated so we can finish producing the calendar. Anyone else who would like to purchase a calendar and birthday/anniversary listing, please contact Bobbie as well. The calendar is in its 68th year of publication. Deadline is Wednesday, May 15 for inclusion in next year’s calendar. Note the calendar runs on the school year schedule, August through the summer. Mailing address is 1370 CR 358, La Veta, CO 81055. Thanks so much.



Youth choir spring concert

TRINIDAD — A free concert presented by Mt. Carmel Well- ness & Community Center’s Youth Choir will be tonight, Thursday, April 25, 7 to 8 pm at Trinidad Middle School, 614 Park Street. All are welcome. For more information call 719- 845-4800.


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.

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 26, 7 pm; Saturday, April 27, 7 pm; Sunday, April 28, 2 pm. TICKETS: 719- 846-4765.


Spur of the Moment at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Get your dancing shoes on and enjoy the spring weather Saturday, April 27, 7:30 to 11:30 pm as Spur of the Moment band takes the stage at Spanish Peaks Inn. There is a $5 cover charge. For more information call 719-941-4288.


Volunteer firefighter fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Our volunteer firefighters in Hoehne, Spanish Peaks, Stonewall, and Fishers Peak areas put their lives on the line during fire season and throughout the year. Smokers Friendly, 401 N. Commercial Street, is currently holding a fundraiser through Tuesday, April 30. You can purchase essential supplies or contribute a cash donation and be entered to win a prize package at our Trinidad Smoker Friendly loca- tion, 401 N. Commercial Street. For more information call 719- 846-7512


Kindergarten pre-registration for Eckhart Elementar y School

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

Pre-registration and pre-screening will take place at Eckhart 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. At the start of the new school year, parents still need to attend registration to receive their child’s teacher assignment and new school year information. Parents and children will be able to tour the building.


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.


Growing Readers Together- WRITE!

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas St., series of 5 events for caregivers and kiddos ages 6 and under continues Friday, April 26, 2 to 4 pm. This series is geared to help caregivers (babysitters, grandparents, and other non-licensed providers) and kiddos ages 6 and under, to come learn and play with us! Each participant will leave with a goodies bag of books and toys .


Primero Spring Dance

TRINIDAD — Our Primero Elementary students will be host- ing a spring dance for the entire Primero Community Friday, April 26, 5 to 8pm at Skateland, 424 W Main Street. We will utilize our partnership with Skateland and use this venue for students to demonstrate their motor skills and movement pattern development. We anticipate family members and community members attending. Admission is free. Participation is encouraged, and skating after will be free. For more information call 719-868-2715.


Small acreage landowner workshop

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.


Coal Miners Museum annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser

TRINIDAD — The Southern Colorado Coal Miners Museum will be hosting their annual fundraiser spaghetti dinner Friday, April 26, 5:30 to 7 pm at 217 W. Main Street. Adult plates are $7; children under 12 are $4.. Come and dine in with the staff of the museum or takeout is available. Please join us for a good cause and good food!


“Los Remedios: Health and Wellness in Southern Colorado” at THM

TRINIDAD — Trinidad History Museum, 312 E Main St., is hosting a speaker series in 2019 to accompany the opening of our new exhibit “Los Remedios: Health and Wellness in Southern Colorado.” The next program is: Minette Church, “Road- side History and the Archaeology of the Santa Fe Trail” on Friday, April 26, 6 pm at the museum. All events are free and open to the public.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines cultural heritage tourism as “traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present.” Learn more about the Santa Fe Trail in this program. For more information call 719- 846-7217.


Cowboy poetry with Floyd Beard

TRINIDAD — “Light is a journey, not a destination and best viewed from atop a good horse.” Enjoy cowboy poetry with Floyd Beard Friday, April 26, 7 pm at A.R. Mitchell Museum, 150 E Main Street. Refreshments available; $5 per person, children under 12 free.


Kitten & Puppy Shower

TRINIDAD — A fun-filled event for the entire family! The Noah’s Ark Kitten & Puppy Baby Shower returns this year on Saturday, April 27, 1 pm at Noah’s Ark Thrift Store and it will be bigger than ever before! There will be snacks, games, prizes, craft activities, a “Touch A Truck” event, baby animals, and so much more! Attendees can learn about fostering pets and how to help build a new animal shelter. Admission is free but do- nations of supplies is greatly appreciated. Visit the Noah’s Ark website or Facebook page for a list of needed supplies. For more details visit:


Spanish Peaks Striders Bulldog Run 5k/10k/Half

TRINIDAD/RATON BASIN — The 2019 RaBa Cinco series of runs take place in the Raton Basin counties of Colfax (Raton) in New Mexico, Las Animas (Trinidad) and Huerfano. The first run will be Saturday, April 27 in Trinidad.

Sign up for the series by e-mailing or Provide your name according to the way you will register for the individual events, indicate male or female and your city & state residence. Request confirmation of receipt. For more information call 303-746-3092.

“Musical Showstoppers”

TRINIDAD — Saturday, April 27, 7 pm and Sunday, April 28, 4:30 pm come out to the show “Musical Showstoppers” featuring music from modern musicals including Ragtime, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Man of La Mancha, and more! The show will be held in the Massari Theater, Broom & State Street. There is no admission charge. All are welcome. For more information call 719-220-4584.


Free moving easy class

TRINIDAD — Calling all those who would like to be more physically active; especially those with Diabetes and Prediabetes. San Rafael Hospital is offering this free program every Tuesday, 3:30 to 5 pm and every Wednesday, 5 to 6 pm at Trinidad Community Center, Aerobic Room, 1309 Beshoar Avenue. Contact Yvonne Romero to Register 719-845-3117 or Come out and join us! Moving Easy is a class that will help you be healthier and more active.


Dedication honoring George S. Ortiz

TRINIDAD — The public is invited to a celebration honoring long time Trinidad School District #1 High School Counselor and Head Golf Coach George S. Ortiz, at 6 pm on Wednesday May 1, at 607 Miner Drive in Trinidad. The Trinidad Middle School Auditorium will be dedicated and named “The George S. Ortiz Trinidad Miner Memorabilia Hall.

The dedication will feature guest speakers talking about Ortiz and Miner memories. Ortiz’ son-in-law Jack Vallejos will be emcee, and Trinidad School District #1 is hosting the event.

Vallejos had this to say to the World Journal about the dedication, “The George S. Ortiz Trinidad Miner Memorabilia Hall was established by the Trinidad Board of Education. Its pur- pose is to preserve and display Trinidad Miner memorabilia and memories. Some of the displays include yearbooks over a hundred years old.”

For info contact Trinidad School District #1 at 719-846-3324.


Network Council meeting

TRINIDAD — Come share what’s going on with your organization and hear what everyone else is doing at the next Net- work Council meeting, Thursday, May 2, 8 am at the 2nd floor Community Room of the First National Bank Galleria build- ing. Network Council meetings are where we discuss upcoming ideas, activities and community excitement. Come be part of the network!


Pop-Up Library

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library offers pop up sites throughout Las Animas County. The next Pop Up Library day will be Friday, May 3, 11 am to 2 pm at InBank Trinidad, 320 N Convent Street. At the pop up you can get your own library card, checkout books, check in books and place holds. We also provide newsletters and information on upcoming library events and you can sign up for library programs.


Care Kits at Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD — Join us on the first Friday of each month at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas Street, to assemble Care Kits for those experiencing homelessness, and learn about some of the challenges they face. This month we will meet on Friday, May 3, 3 to 4 pm. We’re seeking donations of new socks, soft food (like applesauce cups,) toothpaste, tooth- brushes, deodorant, soap, band-aids, baby wipes, and so on. If you’ve been wanting to help, but not sure how, this is a great opportunity to get involved! Call for more information: 719- 846-6841


Downtown ground breaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies

TRINIDAD — The Downtown Trinidad Development Project presents a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Hilton Gar- den Inn, located at the entryway of La Puerta de Colorado on Commercial Street Friday, May 3, 4 to 4:30 pm. Directly following will be an unveiling reception and ribbon cutting at the current renovation project at The Trinidad National Bank. Re- marks by Jay Cimino and Karl Gabrielson, questions and answers, tours, and refreshments. For more information contact Polly Cisneros 719-845-4836


Borderlands of Southern Colorado opening and free family day at THM

TRINIDAD — The iconic Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibition that opened almost one year ago at the El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo and contributed to its most successful year ever, will expand to the Trinidad History Museum with Borderlands of Southern Colorado: Remedios, Medicine and Health opening on Friday, May 3, 4 to 8 pm.

A community celebration and family day will take place on Saturday, May 4, with free admission, lawn games, live music, food trucks and programs for the entire family. In addition, for the first year of the exhibit, any resident of Las Animas County will receive free admission to the museum as a thank you for their contributions to making the exhibit happen. For more information call 719-846-7217.


Trinidad First Friday Art Walk

TRINIDAD — Stop and shop and all of the fine merchants on Main Street in Trinidad Friday, May 3, 5 to 7 pm. Music, refreshments and more!


Sunflower Valley Adventure Ride

TRINIDAD — The Sunflower Valley Ride is a part of the Explore Las Animas Dirt Series will be held Saturday, May 4, 7 am to 5 pm.

Adventure 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. 7:00 am: Registration / Sign In
8:30 am: Warm Up
9:00 am: Start
Finish at Elm Street Train Depot (apx 3 pm); followed by dinner (apx 4 pm)

This ride is through Sunflower valley. Trinidad-Las Animas County was originally founded on agriculture. In 1840, New Mexican settler Felipe Baca noticed the region’s potential for farming and grazing on a trip to Denver and decided to come back by 1862. He convinced 12 other families to migrate up from the Taos Valley resulting in the development of Trinidad. While it does not produce as it once did when the mines were in full swing, the Sunflower Valley is the perfect back- drop for rural countryside ride. Today it’s part of the Santa Fe Trail historic crossing and excellent destination for pedaling through historic ranch country.

$75 registration fee. For more information: 303-775-8486 or


Comcast Cares community clean-up

TRINIDAD — Comcast and TCF invites you to participate in the annual Comcast Cares Day Community Clean-up, Saturday, May 4. Meet at Cimino Park at 8 am for registration and continental breakfast. Pre-registration helps cut the bottleneck at the registration table on the morning of the event and it gives us an idea how many breakfast burritos and pulled pork sandwiches to order. To pre-register—email TCF at Any questions call Chris at 719-859-3048.

After breakfast the participants will dispense to various pre-identified clean-up sites around town. Registered volunteers receive: free breakfast burrito during registration, a free lunch at noon at Cimino Park, a t-shirt and pair of work gloves from Comcast, a bottle of water from Comcast, and great camaraderie and a great cause.


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

TRINIDAD — Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites you to support and promote Saturday May 4, 1 to 7 pm. Join us at the LAC Fairgrounds for Mexican food deliciousness, adult beverages in the beer garden, pet parade and costume contest, horseshoe tournament, salsa and chili cookoff, performances by the Illusions Dance Studio, Grupo Azteca, D3 Caesar and so much more! Support this family friendly event while promoting your business. All proceeds will go to our annual scholarship fund which is awarded to our local students. For sponsorship and vendor opportunities please contact Erminia at 505-382-2007


Sign up now for low cost spay & neuter clinic

TRINIDAD — Residents of Las Animas County can sign-up their pet for the Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic! The clinic will be held at Noah’s Ark for one week only: Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10. $20 cat neuters, $30 cat spays, $40 dog neuters, and $50 dog spays: vaccines and microchipping is also available. Pre-pay required to secure an appointment (which can even be done over the phone). Call Noah’s Ark at 719-680- 2385 for clinic details or to schedule an appointment. Act fast because space is limited! For more details visit the Noah’s Ark website or Facebook page at:


Jackie Brockmeyer —Plants and their uses

TRINIDAD — Come enjoy a free lecture from Creative in Residence, Jackie Brockmeyer on plants and their uses Tuesday, May 7, 6 to 7 pm at Trinidad History Museum,120 S Chestnut Street. For more information call 719-846-2361.


Mindful Education

TRINIDAD — The course for parents, educators, and mentors is presented by the author of Mindful Education, Teresa Keller. Keller is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Yoga for Healing Teacher and Director of Mindful Living, LLC. She has thirty years of experience in human services and over a decade in the educational sector. Teresa finds joy in sharing the practices of mindfulness and meditation with a belief in the potential within us all!

All classes on Tuesdays from 5:30 –6:30 pm at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 Animas. The first class begins Tuesday, May 7 with: Getting started—creating space, time, and personal intention for a mindfulness practice. Other classes are: May 14: The body-mind practice—integrating the felt experience with emotional intelligence
May 21: Modern mindfulness—making sense of leading brain science and a 2500-year-old practice
May 28: Foundations in training—exploring a scope of methods of how we relate to experience
June 4: Sharing forward—participants develop a plan of how and when to apply lessons for others
June 11: Keeping it going—how to maintain gains and naturally grow a practice in mindfulness


A Walk in Her Shoes

TRINIDAD — Join us in support of Advocates Against Domestic Assault on Walk Day, Saturday May 11, 10 am at Central Park, 700 Smith Street. This walk is to help raise awareness about violence against women by walking a mile around the park in high heeled shoes. This is a family friendly event. Men, women, and children are encouraged to walk. Sign up as an individual or recruit a team to join you. A registration fee of $20 per walker applies or $100 per team. There will be a traveling trophy that is awarded to the largest team.



Medical account donations sought

RATON — A medical account has been opened for Tracy Hall, Sr. at International Bank in Raton. Tracy Hall, Sr. was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency in 1999. This is a genetic (inherited) condition which is passed from parents to their children through their genes. Alpha-1 may result in serious lung disease and/or liver disease. The disease has caused severe damage to Tracy’s lungs and he is now in need of a double lung transplant. Tracy is currently on the lung transplant list and is awaiting the call for a transplant.

Tracy is currently on the lung transplant list and is awaiting the call for a transplant. He and his wife, Cindy, will have to travel to Aurora, Colorado for the surgery and then will be required to live in Aurora for 3-10 months after the surgery. The account has been set up to help with the expenses of living in Colorado as well as paying high insurance deductibles and medical expenses.

The account number is 317752 and under Tracy Hall Medical Account. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.


Raton School of Dance and Carol’s Kids celebrate the world around us!

RATON — The Raton School of Dance and Carol Unger present, “Celebrate the World Around Us”, a ballet and piano recital Friday, April 26, 7 pm at the Historic Shuler Theater. This is their 29th annual spring show including guest piano instructor Sydney Main and her student’s recital performance.

Tickets are $6 adults, $5 seniors, $5 for children 12 and under.


Raton Little League Field cleanup day

RATON — Attention coaches, parents, and the Raton community: Raton Little League will be having a field clean up day Saturday, April 27, 10 am to 12 pm. Any help would be much appreciated, to ensure we have the fields ready for opening ceremonies May 4th and games that follow. Thank you all in advance.


Cash MOB! Bruno’s Pizza & Wings

RATON — A Raton cash mob, in collaboration with the Raton Chamber of Commerce, will have a Cash MOB on Saturday, April 27, 11 am to 1 pm at Bruno’s Pizza & Wings, 133 Cook Avenue.

Come and spend $10! Here are the deals from Bruno’s: 12″ pepperoni and soda/tea/coffee, or a three ingredient cal- zone and soda/tea/coffee, or an order of pepperoni rolls soda/tea/coffee. Call Bruno’s 575-445-9512; it’s always a good day for pizza!


UMWA Local 7949 meeting

RATON — The UMWA Local 7949 will hold a meeting Saturday, April 27, 1 pm at Miners Long Term Care Building, 900 S 6th Street.


Mandala Center worship service

DES MOINES — The monthly worship service at the Mandala Center led by the Rev. Tim Sexton will be Sunday, April 28. The service begins at 3 pm followed by a pot luck dinner. TMC is located at 96 Mandala Rd. 3 miles west of Des Moines, New Mexico. For more information call (575) 278-3002.


CCC Spring performance

SPRINGER — The Christian Community Choir will be hold- ing their Spring performance Sunday, April 28, 3 pm at the Jubilee Fellowship. The event is free. The CCC Kids choir will also be performing. Everyone is welcomed to attend.


Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program

RATON — Don’t miss Santa Fe Opera Apprentices, Tuesday, April 30, 7 to 9 pm at the Historic Shuler Theater. This free program is sponsored by the Raton Arts Council.

The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program for Singers is internationally recognized as one of the finest programs of its type. On average each year approximately 40 apprentice singers are chosen from a competitive applicant pool. An apprenticeship at “America’s premier summer opera festival” offers unmatched opportunities for professional experience and international exposure and “Graduates” of The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Programs for Singers and Technicians are active with opera, theater, and ballet companies around the world, as well as in the film and television industry.

For additional information or questions, or call 575-445-2052


Parent workshop & play night

RATON — Come to this play night and free workshop for parents and caregivers of children 0-5, Thursday, May 2, 5:30 pm at Longfellow Elementary School. Babies are born learning and YOU are their first teacher. Parents/caregivers will get a free dinner, door prizes, and book give-aways! This an adult– oriented event. Childcare is available with 5:15 pm sign in

Explore ways to partner and advocate
for your child’s success. This early childhood family engagement event is sponsored by Growing Great Kids of Raton and the Family Development Program of the University of New Mexico. For more info call: Emma 575-383-1322 or Longfellow Elementary 445-9261.


LOS DIABLOS Show & Shine Cinco de Mayo Celebration

SPRINGER — Come out to the Cinco de Mayo Celebration Show and Shine at Santa Fe Trail Museum Park in Springer, Saturday, May 4, 9 am to 3 pm. No Judging, no trophies, no entry fee! All car participants receive a 2019 dash plaque. Also on the schedule is:

*Limbo Contest
*Twist Contest
*Chile Contest- Bring your favorite Green or Red Chile *50/50 Raffle
*Music by JD’s DJ Entertainment
*Back by popular demand- “Crazy Jeff’s BBQ”

Vendors Welcome-$20/space Contact: Samuel Blea- 575- 707-2964, Donald Dulaney-505-916-7052, Eddie Arellano-575- 707-2983, Amador Montoya-575-643-6319, or Joe Flavio Baca-505-544-8601. For more info email


Dry Cimarron driving tour

FOLSOM — The annual Dry Cimarron driving tour will be held Saturday, May 4, beginning at the Folsom Museum, corner of 325 and 456. The tour will begin in Folsom with a walk through of town and then continue down the Dry Cimarron valley stopping at multiple historic sites ending in Kenton, Oklahoma.

– Folsom Falls – Madison – Tollgate Canyon – Brown Ranch – Burchard Ranch – Alligator Rock Petroglyphs
– Wedding Cake and Battleship Formations
– Wild Burro and Big Horn Sheep sightings

– Dinosaur Tracks at Black Mesa State Park
Reserve your spot: 575-278-2122 or


RPSs 2019 “Youth In Art” Display

RATON — The Raton Public Schools and Raton High School Art Club are again sponsoring the annual student art exhibition. As many of you may or may not know last year marked a change in the annual Youth In Art 7th-12th grade display as it was included as part of a district wide spring exhibition. The “2019 Youth In Art” art display will be held Tuesday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 pm in conjunction with the 3rd – 6th grade spring art exhibition at Raton Intermediate School band and choir rooms. We are excited again to display such an array of district student talent at one time! We know Raton’s student shows have been incredibly successful in the past due to the generous support of the community we hope our students will continue to be re- warded for their talent and hard work.