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Active military and veterans free entry to all state parks

DENVER – As a thank you to U.S. military members, Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers active duty military, veterans and the National Guard free admission to all state parks for the month of August.

Military members and veterans, resident and nonresident, can pick up a free August Military Pass at any Colorado state park or CPW office by showing proof of service. Passes be- come available on August 1, 2020.

CPW also offers military benefits for outdoor activities to active duty military, veterans, and disabled veterans. Pro- grams include free admission to state parks on Veterans Day, year-round free entry to all state parks to residents with Colorado Disabled Veterans license plates and free small game and fishing combination licenses for qualified disabled veterans. CPW also offers a Columbine Pass which offers reduced park entrance fees to disabled Colorado residents.


Online food preservation classes

PUEBLO — Due to COVID-19, Extension Agent, Laura Griffin of CSU Extension-Pueblo County will present a free food preservation webinar series online. Registered participants will be emailed details to join the virtual class via Zoom following registration and 48 hours before the class as a reminder. Don’t miss your chance to learn home food preservation in the comfort and safety of your home! Space is limited and registration is required.

To register, go to

•Water Bath Canning-Wednesday, August 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop will cover steps of the water bath method for canning high acid fruits.

•Pressure Canning-Wednesday, September 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop will teach pressure canning skills for low acid foods. Learn ways to prevent spoilage and illness.

Contact Laura or Christine at 719-583-6566 for more information.



La Veta Farmers Market today

LA VETA — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.


Flowers for first responders and patients, a MoF project

WALSENBURG — The Museum of Friends is starting a new art project for children ages 6 to 14 called “Flowers for first responders and patients.” We are going to meet on Friday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. at Miner’s Plaza. If you are between 6 and 14 please come out – we will have all the materials and water, but please wear your mask and we will be practicing social distancing.


Outdoor coffee with Sandy White

WALSENBURG — Join Sandy White for coffee from 10 – 11 a.m., Friday, August 14, at the Rolling Smoke Garage BBQ, 110 E 5th St. at Heritage Park and from 9 – 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 20 at Tina’s Family Café, 501 Walsen Avenue.


Dance Jam every Friday

LA VETA — Come bust a move every Friday 11 a.m. at the La Veta Community Center. This is a fun cardio dance party celebrating many styles and decades! This group exercise is a collaboration between Two Peaks Fitness and dance instructor Ashley Vandagriff. Please pay in exact change at the door.

Two Peaks Fitness Members: $5 Non-members: $10. Questions? Contact


SPAWP annual membership meeting

CUCHARA — The Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection (SPAWP) will hold its second annual membership meeting on Friday, August 14, 1 p.m. at the LVFPD Station #2 in Cuchara, CO. The meeting will be available remotely through ZOOM.

SPAWP has had an exciting year. Hear the latest about our projects:

•Demonstration mitigation project at Red Hill, funded by the AIM grant and your donations.
•The FRWRM (Forest Restoration & Wildfire Risk Mitigation) grant to provide mitigation in Majors Ranch, Navajo Ranch, Spanish Peaks and Baker Creek/Panadero/Sun Mountain. •Colorado State Forest Service $300,000 Highway 12 Mitigation Project (Speaker: Jared Fleming, CSFS).

•Home Ignition Zones (HIZ) presentation (Speaker: Paul Branson).

Voting members will elect directors to new terms for the coming year. We will provide the slate of candidates for open positions. Voting members will receive the slate and a proxy if they cannot attend. If you are interested in joining the board, please convey your interest, along with a brief resume, to Craig Yenzer at For the participation and other requirements for board members, please review our by-laws on our website:

Register in advance for zoom access: . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Drive-in movie every Friday

LA VETA — The teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be hosting a drive-in movie every Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the 4-H barn. For $5 per person, you will be able to watch the movie from the safety and comfort of your car and listen through the radio.


La Veta Village garage sale

LA VETA — Every Saturday through September 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a garage sale at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco Street. There are many items; something for everyone. All donations go toward the Assisted Living Project.


Gardner Farmers Market

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or


Live music at La Plaza

WALSENBURG — Kurt Corsair with the Apache Creek Fiddlers will perform Saturday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m. and the KneeOn Sisters!, Saturday, Aug 22, 6 p.m. Make your plans and give us a call at (719) 738-5700 and request your table on the patio. Music starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. ~PRIME RIB SPE- CIAL~ every Friday & Saturday!


Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This summer please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Aug. 16, Rev. Dennis Schurter will present “The Big Picture” with special music by Eldaa Royer.


Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market to be held on Sundays

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all.


Watercolor painting with Kathy Hill

LA VETA — Join Kathy Hill for the weekly Tuesday gathering, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 133 E. Virginia, to learn about painting with watercolors. The gathering is limited to four people. Each week a new subject is introduced on to watercolor techniques. $20 per session. Materials provided for $5 more. Face masks are required, and social distancing practiced. Call 719-742-5756 for details, and please leave a message if there is no answer.


Joyful walking & intuitive movement

LA VETA — We walk and make, with gentle, intuitive movement, stops along the way each Tuesday morning, 10 to 11:30 a.m. with yoga teacher Ruth, dance instructor Ashley, and peach pilgrim Laura. Starting location may change weekly. For the current week’s starting location check our FaceBook page “Joyful Walking in La Veta” or call 630-864-8992 or 415-233-2632. Due to COVID-19, gathering size limited. While it is not required, you can reserve your space in advance by calling one of the above numbers. Walks are free. Donations accepted but not expected. Please bring masks, hats, water, sunscreen, walking shoes. Come once, once-in-a-while, or weekly.


CEO virtual workshop by Leading Edge

OUR WORLD — This is a 9 week class that will take place every Tuesday, August 18 through October 13, 6 – 8 p.m. The CEO Strategic Planning Series is a business planning and strategic development course. This series is for profitable or ready to scale businesses with entrepreneurs who want to engage in focused planning, education and accountability for managing change and growth.

The presenter is Cory Arcarese: certified Leading Edge instructor, certified business counselor. The organizers are asking that attendees have been in business at least 3 years. There is a $100 fee for this online workshop or 2 people per business at $150. There is a mini- mum 10 and a maximum of 20 attendees. Checks should be made payable to Pueblo Community College noting SBDC Leading Edge. To pay by debit or credit card, call the PCC cashier office: 719-549-3212


Annual Photography Show at SPACe

LA VETA — Everyone is invited to take a look at the new showing of photography at the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus. Only 10 persons at a time will be allowed inside, face coverings are required, and social distancing will be ob- served. The photography will be on display until Aug. 29. The gallery is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 – 3 pm. All photos are for sale, as well as original art, jewelry, and pottery created by SPACe members, in the Gift Shop. Call 719 742-3074 for information or email Visit the SPACe Etsy Store, YouTube, and the SPACe website – – for images of the winning photos.


Annual ag appreciation dinner

WALSENBURG — The Ag Appreciation dinner will be Friday, Aug. 21, 6 to 8 p.m.. The dinner this year has been moved from our traditional site at the Huerfano County Fair to the Rolling Smoke Garage in Walsenburg. The dinner is open to the public at absolutely no charge as long as the food lasts, so come early!

The dinner is an annual event sponsored by the AG Coalition, led by the Farm Bureau of Huerfano County. The Farm Bureau isn’t just for ranchers and farmers. Anyone interested supporting small towns and small businesses in Southern Colorado should check us out!


Grand Re-opening of Iconic Dental

WALSENBURG — The Iconic Dental office, 624 Main Street, has been remodeled and expanded with a clean and updated interior, new HVAC with A/C. Iconic Dental will have the same great dentist, James Shoff, DMD and staff plus they are introducing Dr. Eddy Evans and a new dental hygienist to work alongside Dr. Shoff.

The grand reopening of the office will be held the week of Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 4. There will be prizes and special deals. see ad page xx


La Veta 4th Friday Art Walk

LA VETA — The final 2020 4th Friday Art Walk will be held August 28, 5 to 7:30 p.m. These venues will be participating in this free event: SPACe Gallery, Parkside Gallery of Wood Art, Crafted in Colorado, Silvershoe, The Painted Horse Gallery, and La Veta Gallery on Main. Come see what the La Veta art community has on display in a relaxing evening setting; enjoy take-away snacks and music. Have some fun. Please wear face masks and practice social dis- tancing. We look forward to seeing you safely and respectfully.



Diabetes Self Management on line course

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center will offer a four week Diabetes Self Management Education and Support (DSMES) class via Zoom beginning Friday, August 14. Register in advance for this meet- ing call Dr. Ivory Raye to register or for more information: 719-201-5589.

Join today to learn about: healthy eating, being active, monitoring blood sugar, taking medications, problem solving, healthy coping, reducing your health risks.


Youth football camp

TRINIDAD — Southern Colorado Family Center will be hosting a free youth football camp with the support of Primero and Trinidad high football teams Saturday, Aug. 15 at Central Park. We will have two sessions from 8:30- 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m to 12 p.m. Only 20 spots are open per session. Pre registration is encouraged, or registration is at 8 a.m. that morning. To pre-register call/or text Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509 or email at Donations welcome.


Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has a full slate of events for August.

•Saturday, Aug. 15, 6 to 9 p.m. Open Mic

•Sunday, Aug. 16 Sunday Fun-day for members only with live music food and drinks available.

•Saturday, Aug. 22, Harlan Ashe Project, 6 to 9 p.m.

•Saturday, Aug. 29, 6 to 9 p.m., Songwriters’ Series
•Sunday, Aug. 30, members only, Live music food and drinks available.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.


Hoehne School registration for new students

HOEHNE — Hoehne School will be having registration for the 20/21 school year for all new students that live in the Hoehne School district, who did not attend Hoehne for the 19/20 school year. If this criteria applies to you, please call the school on Monday, August 17 at 719-846-4457 to schedule an appointment for later in the week. All newly accepted out- of-district students will be notified by phone call when to come in and register. Current students may check Infinite Campus the week of August 24 for their schedules.


Roasted green chiles at Hops & Vines & Mangino’s

TRINIDAD — Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner is bringing the chile roaster to Trinidad! We will have our fresh produce and green chiles for sale, every Tuesday, 2-6 p.m. in the parking lot of Santa Fe Trail Hops and Vines and Sat- urday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mangino’s Automotive on Main Street. Call Mary to re- serve your bushel or to make an appointment for roasting at 719-680-1402.


GOAL High School schedule for fall

TRINIDAD — At GOAL High School, Trinidad Student Drop-In-Center, 326 North Commercial Street, Suite 20, all courses and curriculum will remain online. The site will be open to students, however staff and students will be capped at 50% capacity. A COVID screening, including temperature check will be done at the door and all visitors, students, and staff are required to wear masks. The site will be set up specifically for optimal social-distancing. The first day of classes is Monday, August 31. Orientation is done by appointment throughout the month of August; however, enrollment will remain open through October 1st. For more information or to enroll, go to our website at or call 877-776-4625 or Communications Coordinator, Gunnison Pagnotta at 719-744-3090 or email to


Trinidad 2020 Roundup Rodeo canceled

TRINIDAD — After 109 years of continuous rodeo activity in Las Animas County, beginning before, lasting thru and continuing after World War II, the Trinidad Round Up Association Board of Directors made history at its June meeting when it unanimously voted to cancel this year’s 110th Trinidad Roundup Rodeo, and festivities including the Labor Day Parade, Rodeo Dances, BBQ, and Queen’s Contest due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“After all the shut-downs and loss of revenue, we just cannot expect our local small businesses to sponsor this year’s event,” stated board VP Kristy Buhr-Bennett. Our deepest regrets to our supportive community and we hope to come back strong next year at the 111th Annual Trinidad Roundup Rodeo and Festivities in 2021! Thank you for your continued support!

For more information: email, or visit,


Carnegie Library now open

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie is open in a limited capacity with restrictions and social distancing, so here are some things to note before your visit:

•All patrons must wear face masks and be screened at the door.

•The library is open for seniors (50+) only from 9-10 am, Monday through Friday. The remaining open hours will be for all other patrons.

•There can be up to 10 patrons at a time in the library, with only one family at a time in the children’s area . Everyone must maintain social distancing.

•Computer assistance is by appointment only, otherwise, first come first served.
•Our restrooms will be closed to the public.

•In order to accommodate all users, patrons will not remain in the library for longer than one hour at a time.

Please be patient with us as we learn how best to serve you while keeping everyone safe and healthy. We are still doing curbside service to serve as many people as possible and keep the library less crowded.


Free video streaming at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Library and Books & More bookstore, the Library is offering a new service starting Monday, July 13. It’s called Kanopy. It’s a video streaming service, similar to Netflix, but instead of paying for it, you have free access using your library card account. The Kanopy collection includes feature films, documentaries, and television pro- grams. You can access up to ten films per month for free. Kanopy includes a special section just for young children. Stay tuned for more information coming on our website and Facebook page. If you don’t have a library card, call us at 846-6841 and we will open an account for you!


Aguilar Library curbside

AGUILAR — Aguilar Public Library, 146 W Main, is offering curbside service outside the building during normal business days and hours (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wed * 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm) for the com- munity and surrounding areas. If you are needing copies, a specific or audio book, DVD’s, or check out a Colorado State Park Backpack please call at 719-941-4426 or email We will gladly check them out, bag the items, then bring them outside to you. The staff will practice social distancing as well as wearing face- mask and gloves upon delivery.


Carnegie library online Story Time

TRINIDAD — Virtually join Ms. Phyllis every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for stories and songs! Please register in advance to receive the virtual meeting invitation:


Senior services, Aguilar Care & Share

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The Agency on Aging coordinates food distribution in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties and is provided through South Central Council of Governments. All area Agency on Aging programs are for residents 60 years or older, assessments and reservations required. Make reservations/cancellations one day in advance at 719- 846-3336. Call 719-845-1133 ext 208 or ext. 225.

Take out lunch meals are provided in Trinidad Monday through Friday at the Sayre Senior Center. Also available, homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Trinidad and Tuesday and Thursday in Aguilar.

In Aguilar, the regular Care & Share distribution is at 125 E. Main Street, for Aguilar/Ludlow area residents only (proof of residency required). Every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be an emergency food distribution for those in dire need.

For all distributions, please do not show up too early, bring a pen, and stay in your vehicle. Please wear a mask.



Colfax Rapid Response

RATON — Colfax County Rapid Response is a volunteer firefighting community based organization. Our next meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street.

Currently we engage in Wild land and Structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Colfax County Courthouse at 7 p.m.. We are constantly looking for new volunteers.


22nd Annual International Tournament

RATON — The Annual International Golf Tournament will be held Friday to Sunday, Aug. 14 to 16 at Raton Country Club. Three person scramble, Stableford scoring. Entries accepted thru Aug. 12 so please sign up quickly as spots will fill up. Only 8 teams per flight


Drive-thru car show at MCMC LTC

RATON — The residents at MCMC Long-term Care, 900 S 6th St., have been cooped up for a very long time and would LOVE to have a drive-thru “car show” come by. Come on out, Saturday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and let’s put some smiles on those faces! Hit me up if you have any ideas, want to participate, want to cruise after…let’s give these seniors a day to re- member! Cars, motorcycles, whatever you got!


Annual picnic at Johnson Mesa

JOHNSON MESA — The Johnson Mesa annual picnic will be held Sunday, August 16, and will begin with a potluck dinner at noon, followed with the worship service and an afternoon of fellowship. The message will be brought by Pastor Monte McGowen of the Lighthouse Church in Raton. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.

Attendees are encouraged to observe the Covid-19 guidelines of the CDC and our New Mexico governor.


Kindergarten Round Up at Longfellow School

RATON — Bring your entering kinder student for meeting with teachers, initial assessments, snacks, and fun Wednesday, Aug. 19, or Thursday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longfellow School 700 E. 4th Street. For updates Follow our Facebook Event Page: 316044/


Cimarron Challenge 2020

CIMARRON — Ride the Cimarron Challenge 2020 Saturday, Aug. 22, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. starting at 301 E 9th Street. We are offering 65 and 78 mile gravel routes through US Forest Service land in the spectacular and remote Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest. The ride also affords the opportunity to transit part of Phil- mont Scout Ranch. The views alone will leave you breathless! Find us on FaceBook: lenge/


Capulin Astronomy Nights

CAPULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights. The next date is Saturday, August 22 @ 7:00 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.


Raton Regional Aquatic Center open for lap swims

RATON — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation- Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open. Lap Swim is Monday- Fridays 6 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p. m.- 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 – 11 a.m..


Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served). Walk- up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.


The Angel Fire Art & Farmers’ Market

ANGEL FIRE — The Angel Fire Art and Farmers Market is held every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all summer at Frontier Park in the heart of Angel Fire.

Our market is a weekly showcase featuring a diverse selection of local and regional artists, great live music, food artisans & fresh produce. The market provides resources and opportunities to help grow small endeavors and provides a meeting place for a vibrant local community.

Commonly found at our market:

-Fresh regional produce
-Hatch Green Chile roasted on the spot

-Farm fresh eggs

-Local meat and dairy products

-Artisanal bread and baked goods

-Raw honey & much more…

We are asking visitors to take the following precautions:

-Park at least 1 space away from others

-Wear a mask
-Utilize hand sanitizers upon entering and exiting

-Stay at least 6 ft away from others


MCMC Auxiliary Thrift Shop

RATON — The MCMC Thrift shop is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at their location on South 2nd Street next to Old City Market Building. Please only bring donations during our operating hours.

*PLEASE* we cannot accept large furniture and appliance type donations, we have no way to store them or to move them. Thank you for your understanding.


Elk’s Thrift Store opens

RATON — Elks Lodge Thrift Store, 1180 S 2nd Street will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm. Only three patrons allowed in the store to meet social distancing guidelines. Thrift store proceeds assist with our community projects sponsored by Elks Lodge #865.


Alternatives to Violence Thrift Store

RATON — Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays weekly. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Historic First Street in Raton next to the Patchwork Phoenix. Accepting donations during open hours, please.


Open Hands Thrift Store ~ Cimarron

CIMARRON — Open Hands Thrift Store, 357 E 9th Street, will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Customers must wear masks and only 3 shoppers allowed inside at a time for social distancing guidelines.

We are only taking donations on Friday and Saturdays. If items are left at the shed they must be thrown away, so please follow the safety and drop off guidelines. We will take furniture by appointment, please call the numbers on the door. Thank you for helping us get through this time.



Call for artists: “High Peaks”

WESTCLIFFE — Come to Westcliffe and commemorate the end of summer in the Sangres with the latest and greatest fine art and photography. “High Peaks” is our September 2020 art show. You can check out the entry info at Intake of 2D and 3D fine art or photography for this show is at 3rd Street Gallery, 59000 Highway 69 in Westcliffe on Sunday and Monday, Aug. 30 – 31, from 11 a.m.to4p.m..The Artists’ reception is Sat.Sept. 5 from11–4. Come by and view the art–2 floors to explore! Show dates are Sept. 3 – 28. Gallery is open Thurs. – Mon. 11 – 4. Masks required.

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