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USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Economic Development Grants

WASHiNGtON — The USDA is seeking applications for grants to promote rural economic development and job creation projects.

The grants are being provided through USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program. Eligible applicants include any entity that USDA Rural Development identifies as an eligible borrower under the Rural Electrification Act of 1936. The grants can be used for business startup costs; business expansion; business incubators; technical assistance feasibility studies; advanced telecommunications services and computer networks for medical, educational, and job training services; and community facilities projects for economic development.

Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build ro- bust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Key strategies include: Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America; Developing the Rural Economy; Harnessing Technological Innovation; Supporting a Rural Workforce; Improving Quality of Life.

Application deadlines are First Quarter, Sept. 30, 2019; Second Quarter, Dec. 31, 2019; Third Quarter, March 31, 2020; and Fourth Quarter, June 30, 2020. Applications are due by 4:30 pm at each Rural Development state office.

Contact Patricia Navarrette in New Mexico at 505-761- 4961, or email her at:



Judicial Center ground breaking today

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Board of Commissioners invites the community to attend a ground breaking ceremony Thursday, August 1, 11 am to 1 pm at 500 S. Albert Street. Please join us in celebration of our New Judicial Center


Huerfano Soup at La Veta Mercantile

LA VEtA — The next Huerfano Soup at the La Veta Mercantile, sponsored by Bachman & Associates will be held Thursday, August 1, 6 pm. One dish + one vote + one passionate community = Huerfano Soup.

Huerfano Soup is a monthly community-based potluck where participants, through this micro-granting dinner, assist a variety of projects in Huerfano County. A potluck item and a $5 donation makes you eligible to vote on the evening’s presentations. As a diner, you will hear 3 five-minute pitches from community members who need funding for projects that are beneficial to the community. Enjoy the best $5 dinner in town with your friends, then choose the winning proposal to receive the evenings donations.

The presenters this month will be Spanish Peaks Alliance For Wildlife Protection, the Celtic Music Festival, and Dorcas Circle Food & Clothing.


Lucas Bohn stand-up comedy at the Fox

WALSENBURG — Come down to the Fox Theater Thursday, August 1, 8 pm to enjoy the comedy of Lucas Bohn. Lucas placed runner-up in the Magners Comedy Festival and was awarded Best of the Fest at the Detroit Comedy Festival. In addition to performing on stage, Lucas does voice-overs and has been featured on PBS, CBS, and Coastal Today. Lucas has performed with notable entertainers like Jimmy Fallon, Dave Chappelle, and Kevin Hart.

If you’re a parent, teacher, or coach, you don’t want to miss this hilarious performance. Teachers and coaches, we appreciate you! We know you never really get the summer break off, so we invite you to join us on Thursday night for a night of fun and laughter thanks to Lucas Bohn, a former 5th-grade teacher. In honor of you all, we’re offering you a significant discount on tickets at the box office. Doors open at 7 pm.


Dorcas Circle seeks volunteers!

WALSENBURG — Volunteers are needed ASAP. Dorcas Circle Food Pantry serves hungry folks in our area with free, available, near-expiration food. We desperately need able-bo- died volunteers to serve 2 or 3 hour shifts on Tuesday and Thursday between 9 am and 4 pm to pick up boxes and hand out the door, in a pleasant way. Please call 738-1176 or 738-2291 or show up to talk to MaryAnn. Dorcas is open 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday and Thursday, 911 South Main, Walsenburg, 738-2291. Dorcas is all volunteers and we need more to join us!


Peach orders due for SCCY

WALSENBURG — Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth taking orders now for peach orders to be delivered in August. These peaches are tree ripened, hand-picked Western Slope #1 peaches. This yearly fundraiser is important for the SCCY pro- grams presented throughout the year. 10 pound boxes are $23 ($8 for SCCY, tax deductible) and 18 pound boxes are $36 ($12 for SCCY). Orders must be in by Friday, August 2. Pick up the order slips at the SCCY office, 513 Main Street. Call 719-738- 1573 to order or get more information.


Life zones, Ten Things, and geologic time at Lathrop

WALSENBURG — Friday, August 2, join the park naturalist on a 2-mile walk & talk presentation and learn about the life zones in and around Lathrop State Park. This activity is for all ages. Kids who attend can earn a Junior Ranger badge. This presentation will begin at 7:00 pm at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.

On Saturday morning, August 3, the park naturalist will host an activity called Ten Things. Ten Things is a scavenger hunt for ten natural items that can be found at Lathrop State Park. This activity will begin at 9 am at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.

On Saturday evening, UCCS Professor George Bolling presents Geology Timeline. Come and see a visual representation of the earth’s timeline and learn when certain key events occurred. The presentation will begin at 7 pm at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.

In the event of rain, the Saturday evening presentation may be moved to the Visitor Center.

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.


Gardner’s Friday potlucks

GARDNER — Miss meeting friends and neighbors at the Wildflower? Come on out on Fridays, 5 to 8 pm this summer to the community center. Bring a dish to share, bring music, help set up/and or clean up, just gift us with your presence! There are some plates and utensils at the center, but to be sure to have some bring your own. Please call if you plan to come after 7, 719-331-3796, as sometimes we’re out of there by then but will be happy to wait for you! Questions? Call Harlene Michaels, 719-331-3796. Hope to see you there!


Chris Arellano at La Veta Mercantile

LA VEtA — La Veta Mercantile proudly hosts Chris Arellano Friday August 2, 7 pm. Arellano’s deeply personal Americana weaves together the Norteno music of his Northern New Mexico upbringing with Alternative Country and Blues influences- for a signature style that he calls Nuevo Americana. Fused with song and story, Spanish and English, his transcendent lyrics move listeners with emotion and passion. Chris’ ability to play multiple stringed instruments has kept him busy as a Nashville session musician and producer. Tickets are $15 advance, or $18 at the door. For more info call 719-742-3387.


La Veta School golf tourney

LA VEtA — The Redskin Open will take place Saturday, Au- gust 3 at the Walsenburg Golf Course. The fee to participate is $75 per person. Registration begins at 8 am.

The format for the tournament will be a four man scramble. To register, visit the golf course or email

Breakfast and Lunch are included in the fee. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Prizes are also awarded for longest drive and putt. Door prizes will be given.


Watercolor class LVSA

LA VEtA — The La Veta School of the Arts is offering Water- color Painting with Frank LaLumia ■ August 3-4 ■ Cost: $150. This Watercolor Workshop is designed to deepen under- standing of the craft of Watercolor Painting. Individual technique is a function of one’s personal aesthetic and will be emphasized – producing work that is expressive and authentic to each artist. This class is open to students at all levels, beginner to advanced. Oil painters are welcome. Demonstrations will be in Watercolor. Frank LaLumia is a Signature Member and past President of the Plein Air Painters of America, a Signature Member of many Watercolor societies including the American Watercolor Society, of America. All classes take place at LVSA across from town park in La Veta. For in- formation call 719.742.5193, email, or check our website at


Last day to order peaches from La Veta United Methodist Church

LA VEtA — Final orders for those delicious, #1 Palisade peaches through LA VETA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH need to be received by Saturday, August 3. Order forms are available throughout town—including blank forms at the door of La Veta United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Virginia. Orders will be ready for pickup on Sunday, August 18 between 10:30a-2:30p. When filling out your form, please make sure to include your name, phone and email address so we may send you a reminder for pickup. All orders must be accompanied by cash or check. Should you have any questions, visit our website at


Root Down & Move Out

LA VEtA — Yoga, mindfulness, and wildflowers with Yoga Teacher, Ruth Heal and Naturalist, Bob Kennemer. This Yoga and mindfulness workshop will be held Sunday August 4. The Yoga workshop is 9:30 am to 12:30 pm; Lunch 12 to 1:30 pm; Wild plant walk 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Join us for one or both work- shops and include a delicious homemade lunch of foraged wild plants and locally grown organic foods.

The event takes place on private land north of La Veta, Colorado at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at the House of Streaming Light. The cost is $30 for each workshop and $20 for lunch. Or the full day experience is $70. Registration: or call 415-233-2632 by Friday, August 2, at noon.

Ruth is a registered Yoga teacher with 11 years experience. She has a special interest in mindfulness, meditation and mood-enhancement. Bob is a professional outdoor guide and naturalist. An expert in edible, medicinal and useful wild plants, he has more than 40 years experience.


Free basketball camp at JMHS

WALSENBURG — Improve your game while having fun Saturday, August 3, 9 am at John Mall High School. There are two sessions: 9 to 11 am is for boys and girls, 3rd – 8th grade; 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for boys and girls, high school ages only.

Gain the tools you need to be a better player. Become a must have player and leader on and off the court. Get the tools and teaching you need to make effective changes in your game. If you love basketball enough to commit to working hard, Run & Shoot Pro Basketball is the place for you.

* Perfect your offensive moves
* Sharpen your ball handling skills
*Improve your defensive mindset
* Advance your overall basketball IQ
* Become a stronger leader


Plaza de los Leones Fiesta is back!

WALSENBURG — It’s the “First” Annual 2019 Plaza de los Leones Fiesta to be held Saturday, August 3 at Fiesta Park be- hind the Community Center. The annual fiesta is being brought back after all these years. Come out and see the parade, car show, music with DJ ‘Eddie G’ from Pueblo, and more entertainment of all sorts! There will be vendors, a beer garden, El Fandango dancers, a horseshoe tournament, and much more. The parade has been cancelled however.

In the evening, dance to the live music of “The Latin Thunder Band” from Pueblo at the community center beginning at 8 pm. Come one, come all, Plaza de los Leones Fiesta. We are looking forward to seeing you there!


Open art studios

LA VEtA — Saturday and Sunday August 3 and 4, 10 am to 4 pm, La Veta artists Ann Gethen and Kathy Hill invite the public to visit their studios on East Virginia St. in La Veta. Both artists paint landscapes in oils.

Gethen also specializes in botanical illustrations done in watercolors. She has published a book of her illustrations of Colorado wildflowers, which she will have for sale at her studio. She will also have a sale on frames.

Hill has numerous original paintings of the Spanish Peaks done with oils and watercolors, as well as paintings of columbines, sunflowers, and other local scenery. She also has matted prints of many of her watercolors as well as notecards created from her paintings.

See how these two artists create their artwork. Hill’s studio is located at 133 E. Virginia, just east of Main St. Gethen’s studio is about a half mile further outside the Town limits at 382 Willis Dr. Signs will mark the locations. Call 742-5756 for information.


Gardner Chuckwagon Supper

GARDNER — The 77th Annual Gardner Chuckwagon Supper will be held Saturday, August 3, from 2 to 5 pm. Enjoy pit roasted beef with smooth gravy, homemade biscuits, creamy coleslaw, sliced veggies, sweet corn-on-the-cob, cowboy coffee and the world famous pies desserts. Suggested donation is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Don’t miss this annual event.


Huerfano Historical Society meeting

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be held Tuesday, August 6, 4 pm at the Huerfano Heritage Center, 114 W. 6th St. The meeting for Au- gust will be held on Tuesday, August 6th instead of Wednesday the 7th as usual. We will be discussing plans for the upcoming Walsenburg Secret Places Tour on August 24th.


Crafters needed!

HUERfANO — We are looking for anyone who might be interested in displaying their craft items such as ceramics, wood working, leather crafter, baked goods, knitting items, photography, gardening items such as squash, cucumbers etc., sewing items, canning items such as jellies, jams, pickles, etc., paintings, quilting, flowers, floral arrangements, handmade jewelry items, crochet items, etc., in the open class show at the 2019 Huerfano County 4-H Fair.

The open class show is open to the public and all 4-H and FFA kids who would like to display their items for the week of the county fair.

Items must be entered into the open class show on Wednesday, August 7, between 8 and 9 am. There is a $5 entry fee that covers all of the items you may choose to enter in the open class show. The items you enter will be judged and stay on display for the week of fair and must be picked up on Saturday, August 10, by 4:00 p.m. Questions? Call the extension office at 719-738-3000 Ext 131.


Happy hour with Steve

LA VEtA — Enjoy live music and $4 drafts Wednesday, Au- gust 7, 6 to 8 pm at La Veta Mercantile. There is no cover charge. For more information call 719-742-3387


2019 Huerfano County Fair

LA VEtA — The 2019 Huerfano County Fair Schedule of events is:

Wednesday August 7

4-H General, Home Economics, and
Open Class Judging—–——————9:00am Beef, Check-in—————9:00-11:00am Swine, Sheep, Goat, check in — 9-11 am

3-5 pm Rabbits and Poultry check in –1-3 pm Fashion Revue———————4:00pm

4-H Council BBQ & Fun night-6:00pm

thursday August 8

Rabbit, Poultry & Cat————–8:00am Sheep, Goat Show—————– 1:00pm Swine Show———————— 6:30pm

friday August 09

FFA Breakfast————–7:00am-9:00am Horse Show———————–10:00am Ag Coalition Dinner-——4:30-6:00pm Gymkhana———————-—-6:00pm

Saturday August 10

Beef Show————————— 9:00am Bottle Baby Class —————–11:00am Round Robin Showmanship—–1:00pm Small Animal Round Robin—-to follow Open Class, General Exhibits Removed from Barn————————— 4:00pm Dance Family Fun Night in Rodeo Arena———————————5:00pm

Sunday August 11

Cowboy Church (Arena, weather per mitting)——–—————-—–10:00am Buyers Dinner———————11:30am Livestock Sale———————–2:00pm


August Chamber meeting

CUCHARA — The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce monthly board meeting will be held Thursday, August 8, 8:30 am at the Dog Bar.


New art and flower show in Cuchara

CUCHARA — The Cuchara Valley Recreation Program is starting a new art show for the Cuchara Valley.

The Cuchara Art and Flower Show will be held on August 10th (10:00-4:00) and 11th (1:00-4:00) at the Cuchara Com- munity Center.

Artists: This is a commission-free show. It is all about celebrating your talents and skills. This is a 2-dimensional show only, paintings and photographs. We will be taking in artwork on Thursday, August 8th from 9:00-2:00 at the Cuchara Community Center. The limit will be 5 pieces from each category.

flowers: The very first Cuchara Hermosa Art Shows had flower arrangements in and around the art show as a special touch. We are bringing that back with the Cuchara Art and Flower Show. If you would like to have a flower arrangement in the show, we would love to have you bring them in! Want to sell them, that’s good too!

Please join us for this event. You may come away with some new art/photos for your home!!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Bruce Johnson, at 678-698-4666 or


Family Game Night at LV Mercantile

LA VEtA — Come join your friends and neighbors on Thursday, August 8, 7 pm for Family Board Games with our fearless leader, John Costea. Beer, wine, soda, coffee, snacks available; music, and GAMES are FREE!


Encaustic with Tanya White at LVSA

LA VEtA — Have fun exploring collage, wax, and oils Friday, August 9. In two hours, Tanya will help you complete two different encaustic techniques that will have your family in awe. Experience the magic of watching color melt and mix as you make several homemade cards. Then cover your favorite found objects with wax to create beautiful images on a board. La Veta School of Arts, 105 W. Ryus.


Ag Appreciation BBQ

LA VEtA — The Ag Appreciation BBQ will be held Friday, August 9, 4 to 6 pm in the Huerfano County 4-H barn. This dinner is open to any person involved in agriculture in Huerfano County-NOT JUST RANCHERS. KSPK will again have a remote radio broadcast during the BBQ. In addition we are pleased to have entertainment by the “Apache Creek Fiddlers”.

There is no charge for the meal, but a charitable donation is accepted. Last year’s proceeds went to the Colorado Farm Bureau Spring Fire Fund and financial aid was given to a Huerfano County rancher, a business and the 4-H Fair Board for loses due to the Spring Fire. At this time those sponsoring the event are the Huerfano County Cowbells, Upper Huerfano Conservation District, Huerfano County Farm Bureau, and the Huerfano County Commissioners. Come join in good food, good music and good times.


Tom Munch at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VEtA — Tom Munch returns to the LV Mercantile Friday, August 9, 7 pm. Munch has brought a blend of Southwest- Folk-Jazz to Southern Colorado’s music scene for over 3 decades. His versatility is seen in an impressive repertoire of some 3000 songs and includes jazz standards, western, folk, classic rock, R&B, children’s, and rare historic songs, and originals. Tom finds the heart of each song and performs with a love of music and respect for his audience, whether it be in a concert setting or for his weekly work with Alzheimer’s patients. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of show. Please visit: for more info.


Stonewall Century Ride

LA VEtA — The annual Stonewall Century Ride will be held Saturday, August 10. Ride the Highway of Legends (Colorado State Highway 12) 102 miles from La Veta to Segundo and back; or turn around at any time! This is an annual fundraiser for the La Veta and Stonewall Fire Protection Districts. Registration information at Packet pickup Friday, August 9, 4-9 pm, at the La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S Main St, or at the La Veta Town Park (W Ryus Ave) the morning of the ride. Proceeds from the ride go to nonprofits, with the vast majority (over 90%) to the La Veta and Stonewall fire departments. The theme this year is: “Firefighters + Community + Stronger together.” Support the community and register for the ride. Registration information is at


Spanish Peaks Pioneer Endurance ride

LA VEtA — A horseback endurance event will be held Saturday, August 10 through Monday, August 12 at SoCo Endurance. This 3-day pioneer event features fun rides, LDs, and 50s each day. Traditional “Whole Hog Hootenanny” will take place Saturday afternoon with live music. For more information, please visit


Darrin Kobetich at Deerprint

LA VEtA — Fort Worth, Texas-based solo acoustic guitar master Darrin Kobetich will be performing Saturday, August 10, 6 pm at Deerprint Wine & Bistro. Kobetich classifies his sound as “ambient delta raga thrash grass,” but that’s just scratching the surface. Kobetich has performed for us the past three summers with the amazing “Skunk Grass” band, Boxcar Bandits. This year he brings us a solo performance with unique styles ranging from Eastern to Blue Grass and Rock to Metal. Join us for an evening of a wide range of talent! Tickets available at the Deerprint website.


Community celebration at LV Mercantile

LA VEtA — A free community party will be held Saturday, August 10, 7 pm at the Mercantile, 300 S. Main with Starburn, a ’60s and ’70s five piece dance band from Colorado Springs (see https// ). Doors open at 6 with music from 7 to 10. No cover, no cost, cash bar. All to celebrate Anne and Tom’s marriage.


Annual meeting of the FOL

LA VEtA — The annual meeting of the friends of the La Veta Public Library will be held Monday, August 12, 2:30 pm at the La Veta Library. All are welcome!


August Care ‘n Share

WALSENBURG — The August Care ‘n Share food distribution for Huerfano County will be Tuesday, August 13, 10 to about 11:30 am at Delaney Hall on E 7th. Bring proper iD and bags or box for food. Food passed out on first come first serve basis. “This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”


Eliza Gilkyson at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VEtA — Two-time grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will be performing Wednesday, August 14, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Gilkyson has become one of the most respected musicians in folk, roots, and American circles. She has been featured on NPR, Austin City Limits, and Mountain Stage. She has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of performers such as Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Dan Fogelberg. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 day of show. Please visit: for more info.


Navajo Ranch HOA picnic

LA VEtA — The annual picnic for the Navajo Ranch HOA will be Saturday, August 17, 12 pm to 3 pm. Please mark your calendar now and plan to join us at the La Veta Town Park shelterhouse. This is a popular event and is open to all property owners and other residents of Navajo Ranch. Come meet your neighbors and feel free to bring guests.

The HOA will supply fried chicken, drinks, and tableware. You bring a dish (entrée, vegetable, dessert, or whatever you like) to share with your neighbors.


SPACe Photography Show

LA VEtA — The 2019 Annual Photography Show is now on display at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus, in La Veta. The show includes photography in Color and Black & White by twenty area pho- tographers from La Veta, Walsenburg, Trinidad, Cuchara, Lamar, La Junta, Monte Vista, Weston, Colorado City, Las Animas, Pueblo and Pueblo West. Show judge Cynthia Holling-Morris determined 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention winners in each category. For more information and to see images from the show visit the SPACe website— Browse the Gift Shop which is filled with original works by SPACe members. Purchases encourage artists to continue to show their artwork in SPACe shows. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) is a nonprofit organization supporting education in the arts. The Gallery is open Tues- Friday 11 – 4; Sat. 10 – 4; Sunday 12 – 4; Closed Mondays. The show will be on display until August 24.


Paul J. Foster’s watercolors

LA VEtA — The La Veta Gallery on Main presents artwork from Paul J. Foster, a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society. The show will run through August 20. Visit for more information.



Free admission at THM

tRiNiDAD — Today, Thursday, August 1, Trinidad History Museum on the Historic Santa Fe Trail celebrates Colorado Day with free admission. August 1st is the 143rd anniversary of Colorado achieving statehood and entering the union. To celebrate, all History Colorado sites have FREE admission all day- including Trinidad History Museum! All day today, all visitors enter the museum for FREE!


Mt. San Rafael Hospital Golf Tourney

tRiNiDAD — The annual Mt. San Rafael Hospital Golf Tournament will be held Friday, August 2. 9 am to 5 pm at Trinidad Municipal Golf Course, 1417 Nolan Drive, call Trinidad Pro Shop at 719-846-4015,


Senior day at Books & More

tRiNiDAD — Senior Day will be Friday, August 2 at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street. Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11 am to 4:30 pm.


First Friday Art Walk

tRiNiDAD — Come down to downtown Trinidad Friday, August 2, 5 to 7 pm for the First Friday Art Walk. Galleries participating are: Trinidad Photography Gallery, 319 W. Main; Corazon Gallery, 149 E Main St Ste 1; Marketplace Gallery, 149 E. Main Street; and The Gallery at Bachman and Associates Real Estate, 132 E Main Street.


La Veta Sci Fi artist Gary Weston opening at Marketplace Gallery

tRiNiDAD — Marketplace Gallery,149 E. Main, is having an Opening Reception for Gary Weston, La Veta Sci-Fi Artist Friday, August 2, 5-8 pm. Music will be performed by “harmonica and piano man”, Terry Lakes. Join the fun! Refreshments too! Gary’s Show will run through September.


Stonewall Firefighters benefit concert

WEStON — Come dine and dance the night away while sup- porting Stonewall Fire and Firefighters Friday, August 2, 5 to 11 pm featuring Cappton Reid at Pinon Valley Lodge, 13410 County Road 23.3. Proceeds will be donated to Stonewall Fire. Potluck dinner, BYOB, door prizes, and dancing. $15 advance, $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Moose’s Social Club. For more information call 719-868-2079


Pancho and Lefty’s Loop adventure ride

tRiNiDAD — The next Explore Las Animas Dirt Series will be Saturday, August 3, 7 am, Pancho and Lefty’s Loop. The cost for the ride is $75. The ride starts and ends at Elm Street Train Depot with dinner following the ride.

For more info: 303-775-8486,


Lord’s Chapel VBS and family meal

SEGUNDO — The Lord’s Chapel in Segundo is hosting a special one-day Bible School for children and a luncheon for families Saturday, August 3. This one-day Vacation Bible School experience event is for children 4 to 12 years old and will be held from 9 am to 12:30 pm. A family meal for everyone and will be held 12:30 – 1:30 pm. The theme of the day is: “The West of the Way in Tumbleweed Town”


Street festival and car show

AGUiLAR — Aguilar is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with a Street Festival and Car Show on Saturday, August 3 from 10 am to 6 pm on Main Street. Start the day with the parade and stay all day for the food, children’s activities, car show, vendors, CPR instruction, and music by Fire Line and Whiskey Creek bands. Call Barbara at 719-680-4034 for more info.

The Aguilar Car Show is part of a day long festival Celebrating Aguilar’s 125th Anniversary on Saturday, August 3. The car show is from 11 am to 3 pm on Main Street Aguilar. Registration is $10, Categories are Roaring Twenties, Oldies But Goodies, Nifty Fifties, Way Cool, Young Uns and Works in Progress. Enjoy the festival and show off your ride. Call Debbie at GEARS, 719-680-0861 for more information.


Run in Aguilar

AGUiLAR — Run in Aguilar on Saturday, August 3 for the 125th Anniversary 12.5K Run and 2 Person Relay. The race starts at 8 am at 120 E. Main in Aguilar. It is an “out and back” course, making it easy to team up as a relay. Prizes for the first finishers in the regular class, the Grand Masters (age 50 and older) and top 2 relay teams. For more information go to


“Bag of Books” at Aguilar Library

AGUiLAR — Saturday, August 3rd Aguilar will be celebrating 125 years in the making “Celebrating Aguilar 1894-2019”. The Library will be participating with “Bag of Books.” Get books by filling a bag (provided) with any children’s, recipe, crafts, fiction and non-fiction books as well as audio, and DVD’s. Both hardcover and paperback books are included! We will accept any cash/check amount donations for your “Bag of Books.” This event continues until the end of September. All proceeds will go towards our youth events happening throughout the school year. Thank you!


ROAR for Relay for Life

tRiNiDAD — The 2019 Relay for life will be held Saturday, August 3, from 4 to 10 pm at Central Park, 700 Smith Avenue. rFor full article, see page 19.


Fire Line at Spanish Peaks Inn

AGUiLAR —Turning Point will be playing at the Spanish Peaks Inn on Saturday, Aug 3, 8 pm to midnight. There is a $5 cover charge. Food and drink will be available for purchase. For more information, please call 719-941-4288. The Spanish Peaks Inn is located at 22590 CR 41.6, Aguilar, CO 81020.


Canvas & Conversation

tRiNiDAD —The monthly Canvas and Conversation at Mt Carmel Wellness Center, 911 Robinson Ave. will be Monday, August 5, 6- 8 pm. The cost for the class is $25 per person which includes art supplies, snacks, glass of wine and wonderful conversation! Call Patricia Duran at 719-845-4875 to reserve your spot or email Patricia at

Call for entries: The Blue Show

tRiNiDAD — Artist entries will be accepted at the Corazon Gallery, 149 E. Main in Trinidad on Wednesday, August 7, 10 am to 5 pm. The Blue Show will run from August 9 to September 22. Entries are $10 each. The show will run during Trinidad Blues Fest and Artocade.


Nim, Tangrams, & other math games

tRiNiDAD — Come to the Carnegie Library Thursday, August 8, 3 – 4 pm for some mind stretching games. These activities are open to teens and adults. Exercise your mind with two ancient, math-related games that are great fun to play! Nim: three or more rows of sticks; make your opponent take the final stick. Tangrams: seven geometric shapes; combine them to make million different figures


Music on the Lawn at THM

tRiNiDAD — Enjoy free live music on the west lawn of the Bloom Mansion at the Trinidad History Museum, 120 S Chestnut St., Friday, August 9, 6 pm. This week is Elliot Baker Band. Food and drink available for purchase. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket! For more info call 719-846-7217.


Trinidad Health and Resource Fair

tRiNiDAD — Join RMSER staff and our community partners to get ready for the new school year Saturday, August 10, 10 am to 2 pm at 513 Alta Street! Come for FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS for RMSER students and connect with resources in your community. Hosted by Rocky Mountain SER


Trinidad Historic Homes Tour

TRINIDAD — There will be an Historic Homes Tour presented by the Trinidad and Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 10 am to 4 pm. 12-15 homes will be available to tour. More details to come. For more information call 719-846-9285.


Trinidad Elks Lodge Gun Show

tRiNiDAD — The annual Elks Lodge gun show will be held Saturday, August 10, 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, August 11, 9 am to 4 pm at Trinidad Elks Lodge 181, 120 S Maple Street. The show features antique, modern, custom firearms, and accessories. Plus ammo, reloading, and shooting supplies. Concessions available.

$5 admission. Vendor tables, $30. All applicable state and federal laws strictly enforced. For more info call 719-859-1069.


National Night Out

tRiNiDAD — Trinidad Police Department presents National Night Out Saturday, August 10, 4 to 10 pm at Central Park. TPD, the Colorado State Patrol, Dolorado Department of Wild- life , Las Animas Sheriff’s office and Trinidad Fire invite the public to a fun night with free family friendly activities. Activities include: free food and prizes, school supply drive, bike raffle, movie after dark (“The Sandlot”), and first responder bingo. For information contact Officer Temple Young and Officer Courtney Festi at 719-846-2993


Philosophy Cafe at the Carnegie

tRiNiDAD — The next Philosophy Cafe will be held Monday, August 12, 5 to 6 pm at the Carnegie Public Library. Discuss existence with your friends and neighbors, free of charge and open to the public. This cafe is inspired by the Café Philosophique movement, and by Socrates Café, by Christopher Phillips. If you enjoy contemplating what we are and why we’re here, join us for this facilitated discussion. Everyone welcome!



Moreno Valley Farmer’s Market

EAGLE NESt — The Moreno Valley Farmers Market in Eagle Nest runs every Friday through September 6th, 10 am to 1pm at Golden Eagle RV Park, 540 West Therma.


Angel Fire Summer Concert Series

ANGEL fiRE — Every Friday from June 14 – August 30, 2019, the Cool Summer Nights Concert Series in Frontier Park will offer a free night of live music from National and regional acts along with a Kids Zone with giant Jenga, corn- hole, face painting and games. Grab a lawn chair, bring your friends and listen to live music under the sunset in the heart of Angel Fire, NM. The concerts run from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. •August 2 – Jake Flint

•August 9 – Slopeside


Springer Movie Night

SpRiNGER — Come out Friday, August 2, 8 pm (dusk) at Springer Museum Park, 516 Maxwell Ave. for a family themed movie (TBA). Bring your own chairs, blankets, etc. If inclement weather, event will be held in the Springer Rec Center. Sponsored by the Springer Chamber of Commerce. Free popcorn! For more information: 575-707-1354


Raton Invitational Raton NHPA Singles ~ Horseshoe Tournament

RAtON — Raton Invitational NHPA Singles tournament will be held Saturday, August 3, 9 am at City Park. The entry fee is $20. Call Larry Gallegos 575-447-9844 for information.


Capulin Astronomy Nights

CApULiN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights, Saturday, August 3 8 pm. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. Times vary by month, but all observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the Visitor Center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes.


Angel Fire Art & Farmers Market

ANGEL fiRE — Our market is a weekly showcase featuring a diverse selection of local and regional artists, great live music, food artisans and fresh produce. The Angel Fire Art + Farmers Market is every Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm through September 1 at Frontier Park in the heart of Angel Fire.


Sunday services at Johnson Mesa

JOHNSON MESA — It is time for Sunday worship at the Little Rock Church on the mesa. The services for June 30 through Au- gust 4 will all begin at 2:30 pm. The annual picnic will be held on August 11th and will begin with a potluck meal at noon.

August 4- Message will be brought by Albert Hronich, Lay Speaker, Methodist Church – Cimarron


2019 Colfax County Fair & Rodeo

SpRiNGER — “From Yesterday’s Denim to Today’s Diamonds, 75 years of the Colfax County Fair”
Monday, August 5

6 pm Queen Contest, TBA

Wednesday, August 7

7:30 am- Horse Show Entries, East Arena Gate 8-10 am- Quilt Show Entries, Exhibit Hall
8:30 am- Horse Show
9 am- Display booths set up

Noon- Quilt Judging – Closed to Public
2 pm- Queen Contest, Fairgrounds Arena, Horsemanship 5-6:30 pm- Exhibit Hall Non-perishable entries
-10 pm- Quiet

thursday, August 8

7 am – 12 pm- Livestock Check in
8-10 am- Indoor Exhibit Registration
11 to 12 pm- Swine weigh in
1-2 pm- Cattle, Sheep, Goats Weigh In
3-4 pm- Commercial Vendors Set Up, Exhibit Hall 3:30 pm- Poultry and Rabbits Judging
4:30 to 7 pm- Exhibit Hall Open
6 pm- Swine Judging
10 pm- Quiet

friday, August 9

8 am- Sheep and Goats Judging
9:30 am to 7 pm- Exhibit Hall Open
1 pm- Cattle Judging, Round Robin Showmanship Contest
3 pm- Cowboy Sand Volleyball
7 pm- Rodeo, Crossroads Rodeo Co.
9-10:30 pm- DJ Under the Grand Stands
12:30 am- Quiet

Saturday, August 10

7:30 am- Mayor’s Run Walk, City Hall
8 am- Rodeo Slack
9 am- Exhibit Hall Open, Knights of Columbus Cake Walk
9:45 am- Parade Check-in
10 am- Pie, Cake, and Coffee Methodist Church 10:15 am- Kid’s Parade Judged
10:30 am- Colfax County Parade Line Up
10:45 am- Kid’s Parade Starts
11 am- Colfax County Fair Parade
11 am to 1 pm- Bar-B-Q served, Miller-Lark Barn $6

12 pm- Cowboy Sand Volleyball
1 pm-FNB NM Entertainment Event,

Rodeo- Crossroads Rodeo Co.
2 pm- People’s Choice Quilt Voting Closes
3 pm- Exhibit Hall Closes
4:30 to 5:30 pm- Exhibits Released from Exhibit Hall 7:30 pm- Jr Livestock Sale, Miller-Lark Barn
8 pm to 12 am- Dance, Exhibit Hall $6 person
12:30 am-Quiet

Sunday, August 11

8 am-Cowboy Church, All Welcome
Clean – Up Exhibit Hall & Fairgrounds, arrangements for shipping sold animals
9 am-Livestock Released with Permission of Supers and

Livestock Inspector
Grounds Admission starts 2 pm friday and 7 am Saturday $5 person, children 5 and under Free. Saturday BBQ is $10 plate. There will be a silent auction all day Saturday through the Jr. Livestock stock sale in the Show Barn. Brand the Wall – Show Barn $20 brand. And of course the People’s Choice Quilt Awards- cast your vote for $0.50 vote in the Indoor Exhibit Hall. For more information on individual events, please see County Fair book.


Los Diablos Car Show

SpRiNGER — The Los Diablos Car Show will be held Saturday, August 10, 9 am to 3 pm at Museum Park. The all day show features music by JD’s Entertainment, Crazy Jeff’s BBQ, and of course beautiful automobiles and bikes. The entry fee is $15 advance, $20 at the gate. All vendors & swap meet spaces are $20. Trophies are awarded for various categories. All cars, trucks, bikes, and motorcycles welcome. For more information call or email: 575-707-2964 or



Free cultural art education classes

LA VEtA — The Francisco Fort Museum and the Huajatolla Heritage Foundation are delighted to announce FREE cultural art education classes!

Classes will be held at Francisco Fort Museum every Friday through August 9. Children’s art classes will be from 10-12. To sign up your child (ages 5-14) for the summer, please contact Sharona Whitley (719) 890-4699 or email at Classes are for children ages 5-14. Class size is limited to 15 so RSVP to 719-890-4699


La Veta Library summer program

LA VEtA — This program is designed for ages 5 – 11. For more info contact or call 742-3572.

For more information, please call 719-742-3572. This event will take place at the La Veta Public Library at 310 S Main St, La Veta, CO 81055.


Fridays For Fun: sand painting

LA VEtA — Friday, August 2 Fridays for Fun will be sand paint- ing! Design and create a sand painting like many indigenous people make. Sharona Nova-Whitley will show and talk about many sand painters over the centuries: Tibetan, Navajo, Senegalese, Japanese, Aboriginal, Victorian and Georgian. Your sand painting will tell your own unique story. Fridays for Fun is from 1-3pm at The La Veta School of the Arts. Sign up early and the class is only $10. or 719-742-3421 or LVArt- The class is $15 at the door.


Friday art lab at Museum of Friends

WALSENBURG — The Friday Art Lab held every Friday, 1 to 3 pm throughout the summer and fall is for children ages 5-17. This art program focuses on “Service Learning for the Whole Community.” (Adopt a Planter Box with Inter-generational Service Learning).

This intergenerational downtown Walsenburg beautification program is designed for volunteer adults, senior citizens, and local children to work hand in hand to design, build and decorate planter boxes. Local businesses and individuals are invited to purchase a planter box as a way to add color down- town, provide programs, encourage creativity and support scholarships for children’s art classes at MOF. For more information call (719) 738-2858.


Earn a Junior Ranger badge at Lathrop

WALSENBURG — Friday, August 2, join the park naturalist on a 2-mile walk & talk presentation and learn about the life zones in and around Lathrop State Park. This activity is for all ages. Kids who attend can earn a Junior Ranger badge. This presentation will begin at 7:00 pm at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.

On Saturday morning, August 3, the park naturalist will host an activity called Ten Things. Ten Things is a scavenger hunt for ten natural items that can be found at Lathrop State Park. This activity will begin at 9 am at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.


RE-1 registration- NOTE: change of date/ time for Peakview registration

GARDNER/WALSENBURG — New students registering for the 2019-20 school year are required to bring birth certificate, updated immunization records and Transcripts or report card; returning students need to bring updated immunization record and sports physical (if applicable). Registration times for the 2019-2020 school year are: as follows.

• Gardner School: (Pre-K through 8th grade) Wed. Aug. 7, and Thur. Aug. 8, 8:30 to 11:30 am and 12:30 to 3:30 pm.
• NOtE: peakview School (pre-K through 8th grade) registration is now: thursday. Aug. 1, and Monday. Aug. 5, 9 to 11 am and 1 to 3 pm.

• John Mall High School: (9th to 12th grade) Seniors: Wed. Aug 7, 10 am to 2 pm Juniors: Wed. Aug 7, 3:30 to 6 pm Sophomores: Thurs. Aug 8, 10 am to 2 pm Freshmen: Thurs. Aug. 8 3:30 to 6 pm

The first day of school is August 15 for grades K through 12 and August 21 for Pre-K.

For more information call: Gardner-719-746-2446; Peak- view-719-738-2190; John Mall HS-719-738-1610.


RE-2 registration and parent meetings

LA VEtA — School offices are open for registration of both in- district and out-of-district students Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm. The Registrar is Julia Shrout: 719-742-6417. The Elementary open house will be Tuesday, August 13, 5 pm. Pre- K through 12th grade back to School parent meeting ]is Tuesday, August 13, 6 pm.


Youth fitness summer bootcamp

LA VEtA – Two Peaks Fitness is offering a fitness bootcamp every Saturday through August 10, 9 am-12 noon. The bootcamp is for ages 13-18 and includes High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Cardio, and Nutrition Education. There is no cost to participants! The camp is led by a certified personal trainer. Register at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St, 719-742-3555.



Girls in the outdoors!

tRiNiDAD — The Girls in the Outdoors event is free for ages 10-14. Participants must register, but can sign up for any or all three weeks.
•August 3, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Trinidad History Museum: Storytelling! Power from Passion

To register or to ask any questions, please email Amy Harmes at


Nutritious lunches for kids and teens

tRiNiDAD — Trinidad offers free lunches for children up to 18 years old at Trinidad Middle School Cafeteria, 614 Park Street (enter through the double doors past the loading dock) Monday through Friday, 11 am to 1 pm. The program runs through Friday, August 2. Adult meals are $3.75. More info, call 845-2051 or 846-3324.


Youth Basketball Camps

tRiNiDAD — There is a basketball camp scheduled for Monday, August 5 – Wednesday, August 7 at the Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Avenue. Sessions for grades 1-4 (boys and girls) and grades 5-8 (girls only). The cost for the camp is $30 per player, $10 for each additional sibling. For more information:


Registration day at Primero Schools

WEStON — All secondary students, grades 6 to 12 will register Tuesday, August 6, 8 am to 4 pm. Schedules and Chrome- Book will be issued at that time. A $30 deposit for the ChromeBook is required from new students and a $10 deposit is required from returning students.

Primero Schools are not accepting out-of-district applications. For more information call 719-868-2715.


Trinidad School registration

tRiNiDAD — Trinidad schools are now accepting out-of-district students.
Trinidad registration times are:
fisher’s peak Elementary, 900 Moore’s Canyon Road, Tuesday, August 13.

2nd grade—-8:30 to 10 am; 3rd grade—10 to 11:30 am; 4th grade—1 to 2:30 pm; 5th grade—2:30 to 4 pm. Phone: 719- 846-2513
Eckhart Elementary, 1021 Pierce, Tuesday, August 13. Kindergarten—8 to 10 am; 1st grade—10 to noon. Parents and students are to enter through the gym doors. Phone: 719-846- 6995

trinidad Middle School, 607 Miner Drive, Wednesday, Au- gust 14 for returning students: 6th grade—8 to 10 am; 7th grade—10 to 11:30 am; 8th grade—1:30 to 2:30 pm. New students will register Thursday, August 15 through Monday, Au- gust 19, 8 am to 4 pm. Phone: 719-846-4411

trinidad High School, 816 West Street, registration for return- ing students is Thursday, August 15. Freshmen—8 to 10 am; Sophomores—10 to 11:30 am; Juniors—1 to 2:30 pm; Seniors— 2:30 to 4 pm. New high school students will register Tuesday, August 20, 9 to 11 am or Thursday, August 22, 2 to 4 pm. Phone: 719-846-2971


RHA free breakfast and lunch program

RAtON — Raton Housing Authority would like to announce the participation in the Summer Food Service Program! The free lunch and breakfast program goes through Friday, August 7. Please join us at the following locations for free lunches for all children ages 1 through 18! Meals will be served Monday through Friday.

The serving sites and times are as follows:
RAtON: Breakfast 8 to 9 am: Raton High School open for all children ages 1 to 18. Raton Early Headstart, Raton Intermediate School, and Longfellow Elementary are closed sites and will serve for their summer school and early headstart programs. • Lunch 12 to 1 pm: Raton High School, Legion Park, Romero Park, Ripley Park, Optimist Park, Longfellow Elementary for all children ages 1 to 18. (Raton Early Headstart for students enrolled only.)
SpRiNGER: • Lunch 12 to 1 pm at Springer Museum Park open to all children ages 1 to 18; Springer Early Headstart for enrolled students.
MAXWELL: • Lunch 12 to 1 pm at Maxwell School.
CiMARRON: • Lunch 12 to 1 pm at Cimarron City Park.

Lunches served in the parks should stay in the parks, please.

For more info contact: Raton Housing Authority (575) 445- 8021, Terry Baca, Executive Director, Coleen Sanchez-Garcia, Housing Manager, or Brenda Guara Occupancy Specialist.