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Host an Exchange Student!

OUR WORLD — ASSE International Student Exchange Pro- grams, a highly respected, non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, and the former Soviet Republics. Students are anxiously awaiting word on who their host families will be for the 2019/20 academic school year. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager(s) living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents, and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to apply.

The exchange students arrive from their home country to begin the 2019/20 school year. Each ASSE student is fully in- sured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to bear his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and are excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email as-


Advocates Against Domestic Assault crisis line and support information

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Advocates Against Domestic Assault believes everyone has a right to be safe from threats and violence! They are there to help. Trinidad Office 719-846-9159 or Walsenburg Office 719-738-0770 is here to help. Their 24 hour crisis hotline is available for anyone in need at 719-846-6665. The National Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

There is NO COST for services. AADA can help by offer- ing: Crisis Intervention, Referrals, Support Group for Women and Children, Community Education, Domestic Violence Counseling, Parenting Class, Sexual Assault Advocacy, Legal Advocacy. There is TTY available. The crisis line is a confidential service. Temporary shelter is also available.

Support Group Information: Parenting every Tuesday, 4 to 5 pm. Support Group every Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm with Counselor from Health Solutions Support Group in Spanish the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month or at individual’s convenience with Bilingual Advocate. Childcare is provided for Group- Call 846-9159 for more information

We are in need of volunteers for our 24 hour Crisis Line- Call for more information. Itzel Olivas, Bilingual Victim Advocate 719-846-9159; Office 719-846-6665 Crisis Line.



LVFPD Auxiliary volunteer opportunity

LA VETA — The La Veta Fire Protection District Auxiliary, a 501(c)(3) organization which supports our La Veta Fire Protection District in a variety of ways, is seeking enthusiastic people

of any age to have fun with. Specifically, people who can plan parties, make lunches, assist with school visits, fork lawns (just kidding!) or dream up ways to make life better for the fire- fighters and EMTs that we depend on so much! If you want to join in, please email me at as soon as you can


SCCOG & CDOT Coffee Chats today

LA VETA/WALSENBURG — CDOT and SCCOG are conduct- ing a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study of the Southern Mountain Loop (SML) of the Colorado Front Range Trail and are seeking public input. Their team will be in La Veta at Paradise Coffee, today, Thursday, August 22, 8:30 to 10:30 am and in Walsenburg at Serendipity Coffee 12 to 2 pm.

A public meeting about the Southern Mountain Loop Hwy 12 Planning and Environmental Linkages study will be held on Wednesday, September 18 at the Trinidad State Pioneer Room 5:30 to 7 pm. More info:


Open Mic at LV Mercantile

LA VETA — Comedy, poetry, singing, acting, or your chance at getting on your soapbox for a few minutes is what open mic night is all about. The next open mic will be Thursday, August 22, 7 pm. Reserve your space soon, because this is a favorite event. Open mic is a free event hosted by world famous blues musician Ken Saydak. Contact the Mercantile to reserve your space: 719-742-3387


Artists invited to enter SPACe Show

LA VETA — Artists working in all media are invited to enter the upcoming show, “Artists’ Choice” at the Gallery of the Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta. Artwork will be accepted this Friday, August 23, 11 am to 3 pm and Saturday, August 24, 10 am to 3 pm. Complete rules and guidelines are available on the SPACe website, Call SPACe at 719 742-3074 for information.


Fridays for Fun: Doodling with Line and Color

LA VETA — Have fun Doodling with Becky Myers at La Veta School of the Arts Friday, August 23., 1 to 3 pm. Have fun doodling with pencils, pens, colored pencils, and chalk. There are no rules. Just let the tools make the marks for you and follow the lines and colors to discover something surprising, memorable, and personal.

$15 at the door or register ahead for $10. Call ahead to re- serve a place: 719-742-3421. or register on our website: www.the


La Veta Art Walk

LA VETA — The La Veta Art Walk will take place on Friday, August 23, 5 to 8 pm. There will be fine arts and crafts, refreshments, meet the artists, and music in La Veta.

Participating galleries are SPACEe, Parkside, Woodwork- ing Gallery, Painted Horse, Gallery on Main, Crafted in Colorado, Silver Shoe, and Shalawalla.

For more information, visit


Nancy Carroll’s photography at La Veta Gallery on Main

LA VETA — There will be an opening reception for Nancy Car- roll’s Photography Show Friday, August 23, 5 to 8 pm at La Veta Gallery on Main, 210 S. Main. There will be refreshments by Alys.

Carroll loves to travel and experience many different cultures. Her show features many travel photographs, mostly landscape but also portrait and street photography. She says “I will certainly continue to travel and try to capture the in- credible landscapes around me, but I am also going to take my photography in a new direction by turning my lens on more personal projects in the local area. You are welcome to visit my website at” The show will be on display through September. Call 719-742-3666 for more information.


Amy Coffman at La Plaza Inn

WALSENBURG — Amy Coffman will have a free show at La Plaza Inn in Walsenburg on Friday, August 23, 6 to 8:30 pm. Coffman said “I will be doing a night of original music that evening, and accompanying me will be my drummer, Matthew Williams from Austin, Texas. “

Amarillo based singer-songwriter Amy Coffman will be returning to La Plaza Inn in Walsenburg to perform an evening of original music. Coffman’s quirky songscape is one of neon motel signs, Trimline phones, thrumming diesel engines, and imagined trips to Disneyland in the 1950s and Taos in the 1930s. She will also be sharing some songs from her upcoming release, The Faraway, and will be accompanied by Matthew Williams (Austin, TX) on drums. La Plaza Inn, 118 W 6th, Walsenburg. 6-8:30 pm, free.


Native plants, leave no trace and snakes(!) at Lathrop this weekend

WALSENBURG — Friday, August 23, 7 pm at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater learn about the native plants that give Lathrop State Park its character. Kids who attend can earn a Junior Ranger badge & certificate.

On Saturday morning, August 26, the Park Naturalist Tom Macedo will team up with Park Intern Colleen Obrien to present a Junior Ranger Activity based on the seven Leave No Trace principles. Kids will learn to be good stewards of the Earth and earn a Junior Ranger badge & certificate. The activity will begin at 9 am at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.

On Saturday evening, park visitors can get up-close and personal with snakes. Naturalist Bob Kennemer will present his crowd-pleasing snake program. As always, Kennemer will have with him some live specimens. This program will begin at 7 pm at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.

In the event of rain, the evening presentations will 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.


Rockwell Avenue Blues Band at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Blues will be rule Friday, August 23, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. The Rockwell Avenue Blues Band is made up of 5 veterans of the Chicago blues scene who were part of the “last of the golden age” of Chicago blues. The band is com- posed of guitarist/vocalist Steve Freund and harp player/vocalist Tab Robinson, a pair of New Yorkers now residing in the San Francisco Bay area and Indianapolis, Chicago-born keyboard player/vocalist Ken Saydak, who now calls Colorado home, and the Windy City-based rhythm section of bassist Harlan Terson and drummer Marty Binder. The members of the Rockwell Avenue Blues Band have each achieved successes over long parallel careers. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 day of show. More info from /events/315816075782123/.


Spanish Peaks Wilderness Stewards: trail work on Cordova Pass

LA VETA — We will finish the trail work started earlier this month on Saturday, August 24, 10 am to 3 pm. Volunteers on horseback to groom trails for backcountry riders welcome. The Spanish Peaks Wilderness Stewards (SPWS) is a joint project of the San Carlos Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service and La Veta Trails. Volunteers will use hand tools to groom trails in the Spanish Peaks Wilder- ness Area. Contact for sign up & directions.


Rolling for Freedom

WALSENBURG — The annual Rolling for Freedom motorcycle run will come through Walsenburg on Saturday, August 24. The bikes will leave the TA Express north of Walsenburg at 10:30 am on their way to the veterans center on Hwy 160.

Registration is at the Mini Mart truck stop, Exit 52/I-25. Breakfast is available for purchase. Cost is $20 per bike (includes one poker hand, $5 for each additional poker hand) All proceeds benefit the veterans and residents. More info at, or by calling Craig, 719-251-7343 or Matt, 719-214-0417.


Walsenburg Eagles Picnic

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Eagles #1187 are having their annual picnic Saturday, Au- gust 24, noon to ??? at the community center pavillion in Fiesta Park. Members plus one guest no charge! Bring a covered dish to share.


SPAWP annual meeting

LA VETA — Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wild- fire Protection (SPAWP) is holding their annual meeting with election of officers Saturday, August 24, 1 pm at the La Veta Fire Department. The speaker will be Paul Gomez Fire Captain and fire investigator Huerfano County. His topic is the Spring Fire. For info, call 505-249-7715.


Musical ice cream socials

LA VETA/WALSENBURG — The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble invites you to a Good Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social and Song Fest. Create your own dream of an ice cream sundae and enjoy snap-happy music at the same time! Your donation will help pay for new risers, sound equipment and music. Two locations and dates…, Saturday, August 24 from 2:30 to 4:00on the United Church of Walsenburg across from the Loaf ‘n Jug; and on Sunday, August 25 from 2:30 to 4:00 at La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main. For more info, call Kalima at 719-742-5333.


SPACe Photography Show

LA VETA — The 2019 Annual Photography Show is now at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus, in La Veta. 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.


Secret places historic Walsenburg tour

WALSENBURG — Seven historic buildings, each with a secret in its past, will be visited by those on the Secret Places of Walsenburg tour Saturday, August 24. Registration begins at 9:30 am, in Heritage Park, at the railroad depot, 400 Main. No advance registrations will be taken. The fee is $10 per person. Children are free with an adult. The tour begins at 10 am and ends at 12 noon back at the depot.

Members of the Huerfano County Historical Society, wearing period hats, will guide small groups along the route and tell stories about other fascinating buildings. From 1896 through the Depression years of the 1930s, each site figures into Walsenburg history in a significant way.

The tour will cover six blocks and alleys, away from Main Street, and stops will be made at seven sites. ADA ramps are available at six of the sites. One site has five entry steps and no ramp. Restrooms will be available. For further information contact Historical Society board members, or call the Heritage Center 719-738-2346, or contact Carolyn New- man 719-738-2840.


Spanish Peaks Striders Marathon of Legends Relay

WALSENBURG — The next RaBa Cinco run will be held Sunday, August 25 in Walsenburg, The Marathon of Legends Relay.

For more info, visit; e-mailing or; or call 303-746-3092.

The 2019 RaBa Cinco series of runs take place in the Raton Basin counties of Colfax (Raton) in New Mexico, Las Animas (Trini- dad) and Huerfano.


• August 25 Marathon of Legends, Walsenburg September 7 Master of the Mountains, Colfax County
• September TBD Bears vs. Bulls, Las Animas/Huerfano Counties

• October 5 Oktoberfest, La Veta


Dems Ice Cream Social at the Farmers Market

WALSENBURG — Come down to Heritage Park on Sunday, August 25 for an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social. Take the opportunity to meet and talk with your neighbors, ponder

the looming end of summer while enjoying one last cone of ice cream- for free! 10 am to 1 pm in the shade, right by Main St in Walsenburg. Sponsored by the Huerfano County Democratic Party.


Gardner’s annual Sacred Heart River Mass

GARDNER — The annual Gardner Sacred Heart River Mass will take place on Sunday, August 25, about 1 pm, on the upper Huerfano. Hot dogs, hamburgers, all the trimmings, drinks, and eating utensils will be provided for the potluck meal to follow. Attendees should bring chips, salads, side dishes and desserts. Signs will be posted to the area from Gardner.


Farewell party for Pattersons and Hensons

LA VETA — Sunday, August 25, 5 pm there will be a Community Farewell Party for the Pattersons & Hensons at the La Veta Mercantile. Join us for a community party to bid a fond farewell to Jay and Denny Patterson & Liz and Jerry Henson. For more information check out: Facebook Event Link: 52258916/


Happy Hour with Graham at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Come enjoy a cold drink and live music for Hump Day Happy Hour with Graham Wednesday, August 28, 6 pm. $4 drafts! FREE!


Byrd & Street at Deerprint

LA VETA — Audiences are in for a treat Thursday, August 29, 6 pm at Deerprint Wine and Bistro when the Austin duo Byrd &

Street, noted for their “impeccable male/female harmony,” “solid first-class songwriting”, and lively stories about their songs, will per- form. Tickets available at:


Shawn Brown at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Shawn Brown, master of the Hammond B3 and Most Soulful Vocalist this side of the Mississippi will perform Thursday, August 29, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Brown learned music while playing Gospel with his family. His musical journey began at the age of 3 when he began playing the piano and then became the organist, accompanying his mother for their church at 8 years old. Shawn’s latest album, Best Blues Money Can Buy, is a mix of Gospel, jazz, and blues. He has shared the stage with Al Green, Clarence Clemons, Christopher Cross, Earth Wind & Fire, Keith Sweat, Ronnie Earl, Lucky Peterson, and Percy Sledge. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 day of show.


Pub nite at La Veta Merc

LA VETA — Join La Veta’s very own Celtic Orphans for an evening of free live music, friends, and beer Friday, August 30, 6 pm.


Lathrop State Park calendar photo contest entries needed

WALSENBURG — We’re looking for amateur and professional photographers to submit photos of Lathrop State Park for a 2020 calendar. A panel made up of park staff will choose approximately 24 images which will include a cover photo, one photo for each month, and smaller inset images. The theme for the 2020 calendar will be The Flora and Fauna of Lathrop State Park. So, of course, we will be looking primarily for images of plants and animals, but we will also accept landscape photographs which feature animals or particular plants & plant communities (i.e. piñon/juniper woodland).

There is no fee to enter. As compensation, winners will receive a free calendar once they are printed later this year. The chosen images will not be used for any other purpose other than the Lathrop State Park 2020 calendar, unless other arrangements were made with an individual photographer.

The contest is open to the general public to both amateur and professional photographers. All photos must be original and taken by the submitting entrant. All photos must have been taken at Lathrop State Park.

Entries need to be in a digital format. Please submit photos no later than August 31,2019. Entries can be sent electronically to the GOCO Interpreter at, or brought in to the Visitor Center on a flash drive to be downloaded.

With the photo entry, please supply us with the photo- grapher’s name, address, e-mail and phone number. Additionally, a release form will have to completed to allow us to use your image for our 2020 calendar only. Call GOCO Interpreter Tom Macedo (719) 738-2376, ext. 6 or email:


Jill Jones at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Jill Jones will perform Saturday, August 31, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Jones, lead vocals and rhythm guitar, was founder and lead singer of The Hays County Gals and The Lone Star Chorale, recipient of the 2002 Academy of Western Artists Cowboy Group of the Year Award. A veteran of cowboy gatherings across the country, she has appeared with Willie Nelson on TNN’s “Legends of Country Music” and Ian Tyson at the Elko National Cowboy Gathering. Bob Goldstein is known as one of the best sidemen in the Southwest, Bob was nominated for instrumentalist of the year by the Western Music Association, and for Guitar Player of the Year by the Colorado Bluegrass Music Association.


SPACe reception for “Artists Choice” and “Nan McDowell” shows

LA VETA — The opening reception for the latest SPACe shows will be Saturday, August 31, 5 to 7 pm. Refreshments will be served and Russel Austin will provide music. No ad- mission fee; come out and visit with the artists and your friends. Both shows open Tuesday, August 27 and will be on display until September 21. The SPACe Galleries are open daily except Monday. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) is a nonprofit organization which relies on community support to provide artists a way to share their art. SPACe members’ art can be found for sale in the Gift Shop. The sale of artwork benefits the artists and SPACe, and en- courages artists to continue to show their work at SPACe. Call 719 742-3074 for information.


Stand up comedian Chris Fonseca at the Fox Theatre

WALSENBURG — The Fox Comedy Club summer lineup continues Saturday, August 31, 7 to 10 pm when Chris Fonseca performs at the Fox Theatre, 715 Main Street. For tickets and more information call 719-695-2199.


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 Intergenerational 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.


Experimental drawing & painting at La Veta School of the Arts

LA VETA — La Veta School of the Arts (LVSA) presents Peggy Zehring’s fun, abstract, experimental drawing and painting one week or two week class which will be happening at The La Veta School of the Arts in La Veta, CO from Tuesday, September 3, through Friday, September 13. Draw with charcoal and then use the images you created unconsciously to unfold abstract paintings. You’ll learn to make your work personal and original. You’ll also learn color mixing, recognizing and capitalizing on your own marks, compositional excellence and much more. All levels of experience are welcome. Tuition is $375 a week. For more information or to register call 719-742- 3421, or e-mail or register online at


Dynamix concert at the Fox Theatre

WALSENBURG — The Historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg is partnering with Downtown Revitalization to bring you a one-night only kick-off concert for Mountain Mining days, Friday, September 6, 8 to 11:30 pm. Mountain Mining Days is an annual celebration on Saturday, September 7. Dyanmix is Walsenburg’s hometown favorite! Come celebrate the end of summer and get ready for Mountain Mining days!


Mountain Mining Days

WALSENBURG — The Sixth Annual Walsenburg end of summer celebration is set for Saturday, September 7, 11 am to 5 pm at 6th and Main Street. There will be food and craft vendors, a Kids zone, and more throughout the day. The Hot Rods and Vintage car show will be on display along 5th Street throughout the afternoon. Live music featuring Serpico and the Outlaws will be on the stage at Miners Plaza. Mountain Mining Day starts with a parade in downtown Walsenburg featuring the Fort Carson Marching Band, equestrian riders, floats, collectible cars, and more! If someone wants to have a vendor booth, please call Laurie at Legends Flooring.


Huerfano Soup at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The next Huerfano Soup, a monthly community- based potluck, will be held Thursday, September 5, 6 pm. The Soup is where participants, through this micro-granting dinner, assist a variety of projects in Huerfano County. A potluck item and a $5 donation make 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 evening’s donations. Sponsored by Bachman & Associates.


Gabrielle Louise at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Gabrielle Louise’s music is anchored deeply in folk and Americana, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Louise will be on stage Saturday, September 7, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited and versatile delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. Unafraid to take a musical escapade in the name of inspiration, Gabrielle is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next a smoky jazz chanteuse. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 day of show. Please visit: for more info.


Oktoberfest Half-Marathon

HUERFANO COUNTY — REGISTER NOW for the Oktoberfest Half-Marathon. The run includes a 1,800’ net elevation drop on Hwy 12 with a gradual descent from Cuchara to La Veta. Register now at For more information, call 719-742-3555



Breakfast buffet at Spanish Peaks Inn

AGUILAR —Spanish Peaks in will have their monthly breakfast buffet Sunday, August 25, 8 am to noon. The all you can eat buffet is $10. For more information call 719-941-4288. The Spanish Peaks Inn is located at 22590 CR 41.6, Aguilar, CO 81020.


Noah’s Ark Thrift Store blow-out sale

TRINIDAD — To jump-start a season of fundraising events, the Noah’s Ark Thrift Store will be hosting a store-wide summer blowout sale Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 at the store location, 147 E. Main Street, combined with a giant furniture sale at the Hughes Lumber building located at 127 E. Plum St. In addition, a raffle will be held at the store for a 43″ flat-screen TV and an Apple watch, with the drawing for winners to be held at 3:30 pm on Saturday. Information will also be available both days for ways to help fund the new shelter, including Memorial Garden gift bricks and pavers, which may be purchased in memory of a beloved pet or pet owner, or in honor of a living pet. Prices start at $50.

The Noah’s Ark Thrift Store has contributed significant monetary support to the shelter for over five years and during that time, has grown to become an integral part of the community. The store not only offers an affordable selection of mer- chandise to its customers, it has implemented an extensive recycling program for unusable clothing, shoes, aluminum cans, ink cartridges, and cardboard. Additionally, the store lends support to a number of community organizations and non-profits, including Mt. San Rafael Hospital, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care, and several area schools.


Blues Prefest on Main Street

TRINIDAD — The Trinidaddio Blues Festival Prefest Party will be Friday, August 23, 6-10 pm on Main Street. Come out for free music featuring Broken Circle and many others. The prefest party is being sponsored by the City Of Trinidad & THCU as well as other gracious donors and will be held in the middle of the Central Business District.

An ‘entertainment district’ will be in place allowing attendees to walk with alcoholic beverages from the main stage area at the corner of Main & Commercial to various restaurants, bars and other businesses within the district. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased in the entertainment district, however, they may not be brought into the entertainment district. Music will start approximately 6pm and last until at least 10 pm. Don’t forget to bring a chair!


Trinidaddio Blues Fest

TRINIDAD —TRINIDAD – The Trinidadddio Blues Fest is back for another weekend of world class blues in beautiful Trinidad Central Park. The festivities begin on Friday, August 23 from 6 to 10 pm with a FREE pre-fest party in downtown Trinidad at the intersection of Main and Commercial, sponsored by the City of Trinidad, THCU, and other gracious donors. Don’t forget to bring a chair for comfy listening.

Then, on Saturday, August 24, noon to 9 pm, Trinidad hosts an all-day lineup of great musicians from all over America. Headlining is Sugaray Rayford, 2018 and 2019 BB King Entertainer of the Year nominee. Gates open at 11 am with Trinidad’s own Jaquie Gipson opening the show at noon. For tickets, visit
A partial list of performers:
Sugaray Rayford
7-9PM- Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
4-5 PM- Jimmy Thackery

Rockwell Avenue Blues Band
Keeshea Pratt Band
Jaquie Gipson
See website for complete festival line-up and detailed ticket in- formation:


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 Chest- nut St., Friday, August 23, 6 to 8 pm. This week the House Band performs. Food and drink available for purchase. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket! For more info call 719-846-7217.


Mt. San Rafael Hospital Blood Drive

TRINIDAD — There will be a Blood Drive at Mt. San Rafael Hospital Wednesday, August 28, 10 am to 2 pm. The drive will be held in the Bloodmobile parked in front of the hospital. Please join us for this great one-day event! We are hoping to get as many people as possible to donate blood, as there is a national shortage. Please join us on August 28th and help us spread the word! Please contact Stacey Duncan, Laboratory Director, at (719) 845-4299, with any questions.


Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

TRINIDAD — Join us Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Holy Family Hall, 308 Church Street to learn about: ·
~ The impact of Alzheimer’s
~ The difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia

~ Disease stages and risk factors
~ Current research and treatments to address some symptoms ~ Alzheimer’s Association resources.
The program is presentation by Suzanne Davis, RN, Volunteer Community Educator Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Colorado.


Trinidad Roundup time!

TRINIDAD — The 109th Labor Day Weekend Rodeo & Festival begins Friday, August 30 and runs through Monday, September 2. As usual there is a full slate of events scheduled:


PLTT Downtown Night and Labor Day Kick off Social (Time and place to be determined)

All day: PLTT Offsite Sales all weekend; Vendors and booths at Las County Fair Grounds (call Ron to set up booth: 719-766- 0544)
1 pm: 4-H Cornhole Tournament, Indoor Arena (Call John: 858- 692-3499)
8 pm: Silent Auction
8 pm-midnight: Dance, music by CappTon Reid, Indoor Arena 9 pm: Queen Coronation

All day: Wear Pink Day, support breast cancer awareness 1 pm: Rodeo, Westernaires & kids events

9 am: Parade (Deadline for entries Aug. 26) Line up begins at 6:30 am. Theme: Saddled Up and Untameable
11:30 am to 1 pm: Las Animas County Republican Party Free

Jaquie Gipson
See website for complete festival line-up and detailed ticket in- formation:


Trinidad Roundup Block Party (vendors welcome!)

TRINIDAD — Come on out to the Trinidad Roundup Down- town Block Party! Trinidad Roundup Association, in partner- ship with Phil Long Toyota of Trinidad and Trinidad Historic Main Street, presents “Saddled Up & Untameable Block Party,” Friday, August 30, to celebrate and kickoff the 109th Annual Trinidad Roundup & Labor Day Parade, downtown, from 6 pm to 10 pm in the Phil Long Toyota parking lot at 105 E. Cedar St. This no cover, family friendly event, offers music, dancing, vendors, food vendors, stick-horse races, Cornhole, and beer garden for attendees over 21 with valid ID.

In an effort to promote business opportunities, the partners cordially invite any vendor or business to participate in selling their goods on this evening, and/or over the course of the Labor Day weekend in the Phil Long Toyota Parking Lot or at the LAC Fairgrounds, contact Karen Buhr at 719-680-0424 for more information.


Pancake breakfast at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD — Meet at Viola Group Picnic Area for a pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday, August 31, 8 am to noon. Pan- cakes, sausage, coffee, and milk for a $5 donation. For more information contact the friends of Trinidad Lake State Park @FOTLSP.

Paws in the Park and Dinky Dog Derby

TRINIDAD — Mark your calendars for Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, August 31, from 8 am to noon, at Cimino Park. Get ready, grab your leashes and get your paws moving to Paws in the Park! The park will be transformed into Paws in the Park during the Trinidad Community Farmer’s Market where your pets can be vaccinated and microchipped. You and your pet will also be able to enjoy pet friendly vendors & activities, and check out the wonderful assortment of farmer’s market goods.

Don’t have a furry friend? Find yours at Paws in the Park; there will be lots of great of adoptable dogs, cats, kitties, and puppies at our adoption booth. Your dog can even show off their skills in the agility course! And this year— dogs under 25 pounds can enter and compete in our second annual Dinky Doggie Derby!

You and your best friends can purchase and enjoy an array of local produce, handmade goods, and all sorts of treats at the Farmer’s Market.

It’s an event for the entire family and will be filled with fun! This event is open to everyone, from everywhere! *Clinic cost per dog or cat:
*Rabies vaccine: $10

*FVRCP or DA2PPV vaccine: $10 *Microchip installation $20
*City of Trinidad pet license cost per pet: *Un-Neutered or Un-Spayed Dog: $15 *Neutered or Spayed Dog: $8
*Cats: $3
*Dinky Doggie Derby entry fee: $5

If you are a pet friendly vendor and would like to participate, or if you are interested in volunteering to help out during this fantastically fun-filled event, or if you would like more in- formation, call Noah’s Ark at 719-680-2385.


88th Annual Labor Day Golf Tourney

TRINIDAD — The Labor Day Golf Tournament will run from Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2 at Trinidad Municipal Golf Course, 1417 Nolan Dr., call Trinidad Pro Shop at 719-846-4015, for more information.


Hands on History at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD — Native American Hands On History: Home Near the Heart of the World presentation will be held Saturday, August 31, 5 to 8 pm at Trinidad Lake State Park Amphitheater. Presented by Pamela Good Wind, Indigenous Roots, LLC. Pamela Good Wind is the Director of Education for Indigenous Roots. The mission of Indigenous Roots is to present, preserve, and perpetuate the history and cultural heritage of Native Americans in a way that promotes accuracy, sensitivity, and respect.

During this special evening program, you will learn the history behind an on site Tipi ring artifact, use replicas of artifacts to grind corn, enjoy tasty, traditional Blue Corn muffins, listen to a traditional story, try your hand with indigenous hunting tools, by throwing a spear, using an atlatl, & throwing a rabbit stick.

Meet us at the Ampitheater at 5pm. The program is FREE, but all visitors must have a park pass, to register call Amy 719-422-3089.


Noah’s Ark “Downtown Tabby” tickets available

TRINIDAD — Saturday, September 7, the much-anticipated “Downton Tabby” will take place from 2 to 5 pm at the beautiful Bloom Mansion Gardens at The Trinidad History Museum. In true “Downton” fashion, this high tea event promises a delightful afternoon of food, games, and conversation.

The event features a costume contest, a mustache contest, a croquet tournament, a silent auction, and much more. Tickets are now available at the Noah’s Ark Thrift Store. Tickets are just $30 each: must be 18 yrs and up to attend.

More information about the new animal shelter, Paws in the Park, and Downton Tabby is available at or by calling 719-680- 2385 or 719-846-8578.


Tyrone Flats Tour Adventure Ride

TRINIDAD — This ride, Saturday, September 7, 7 am to 5 pm is part of the Explore Las Animas Dirt Series. 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.

The day begins at 7 am for Registration / sign in; 8:30 am warm up and a 9 am start, then finishes at Elm Street Train Depot (apx 3pm), followed by dinner (apx 4 pm).

This ride was scheduled for the fall for a reason. It’s one that exposes riders to elements of a high plains desert. Imagine what it was like to make the Santa Fe Trail journey on horse years ago? The ride exposes us to limited shade, dusty roads, cattle and cactus. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of eagles, hawks, and ravens within a matter of minutes of one another. Segments of ride go past the ghost towns of Tyrone and Model. The latter of which was the site of horrific B24 bomber training accident and has a noteworthy origin story. It was a community originally a planned to be a “model” community, hence the name. Today it’s abandoned buildings, along with the canyons and plains of Purgatoire Valley once inhabited by the Apache, make for some fantastic visuals on this ride. $75 registration. To register and for more information: 303-775-8486 or


Bar NI Ranch Community Service Grant applications available now

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund is accepting grant proposals from both previous as well as new applicants. Grants may be awarded in the areas of education, youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services and civic or public benefit. Grant awards will be made to 501c3, non-profit organizations in the Purgatory Valley with projects that serve to inspire awareness, expand horizons, create independence, and foster personal growth. We strongly encourage projects focusing on youth and environmental education. We look for projects exploring creative ways to ignite the spirit, facilitate dreams and address root causes of problems rather than just treat affected conditions. Creative collaboration is strongly encouraged.

For a proposal packet, please contact Tom Perry at to- The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, September 27, 2019. Organizations will be eligible to receive only one grant per calendar year.



Cimarron Cowboy Music & Poetry

CIMARRON — The annual Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering will be Thursday to Sunday, August 22 – August 25 at Philmont Training Center in Cimarron.
The schedule of events: Thursday is meet-and-greet at the St. James Hotel, VIP’s and cast only; Thursday night dance, public welcome; Friday night show 7 pm; Saturday 9 am to 4 pm open mic and round robins; Saturday night show 7 pm; Sun- day morning cowboy church at 9 am, Public welcome, no ad- mission. All shows at Philmont Training Center, four miles south of Cimarron, See our website, or call Dale at 317-410-1326.


Awana Pool Party

RATON — Kids, come to the Raton Aquatic Center Friday, August 23 5:30 to 7:30 pm for free swimming and food. Make a splash and register for this Awana event Awana is where kids ages 3 years old through 6th grade come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ all while having fun in a non denominational group setting. For more information about Awana Clubs please call 575-445-3571.


Cimarron Challenge 2019

CIMARRON — The Cimarron Challenge will be held Saturday, August 24, 8 am to 6 pm. This is a fully supported gravel ride through the gorgeous Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest and Philmont Scout Ranch, there are 78 mile and 65 mile routes. There are four fully stocked aid stations, breakfast before the event and a nice finisher’s party at Blü Dragonfly Brewing with plenty of recovery food afterwards. There is no day of event registration available. Must pre-register via USAC, you do not have to be a USAC member to register and ride: More Information / Register:


Walk with a Slowpoke Ranger!

RATON — Raton Parks and Trails will offer several walks this summer for their “A Prescription for Better Health, Come walk with us!” program. The next walk is Saturday, August 24, 9 am when we explore Climax Canyon Nature Trail with State Park Ranger, Pat Walsh. This is a really slow hike! All are welcome to join our expert who will share fun facts on how the trail came to be. Meet in the parking lot on the west end of Apache Avenue.


Bad Shot Gun Show .

RATON — Buy, trade, all welcome to the Bad Shot Gun Show, Saturday and Sunday August 24 and 25, 9 am to 5 pm at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S. 3rd. General Admission is $8 per person. Veterans/LEO/Firefighters/OSA $7. Bring a gun to trade or sell and get a $1 discount off regular admission. Children under 12 are FREE. One discount per person.


Colfax County 150th Celebration: BBQ, beer & music

SPRINGER — The 150th celebration continues Saturday, Au- gust 24, 3 pm to midnight at the Colfax County Rodeo Grounds, 16 Airport Road, with BBQ, beer and music. BBQ plates are $5 for adults and free for seniors and children under 10.


Mud Volleyball Tournament at the 150th Colfax celebration

SPRINGER — This coed tournament benefits Maxwell High School Seniors Class of 2020 will be held during the 150th Col- fax celebration Saturday, August 24, 10:30 am at the Colfax County rodeo fairgrounds. The entry fee is $100 (cash only) for 6 players on the court, with 2 subs. Contact Kelly Jones at 575-375-2371 or Monica Hoy at 575-420-8398 to register.


Capulin Astronomy Nights

CAPULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. The next astronomy night is Saturday, August 24, 8 pm. All observing will be done in the out- door 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.


Music From Angel Fire at the Shuler

RATON — Music from Angel Fire presents its annual free con- cert for all ages Sunday, August 25, 3 pm at the Shuler Theater. While the concert is free, all attendees are asked to bring two cans of food to assist the Raton Hungry Pantry. For more info visit


Wagon Mound Bean Festival & Rodeo

WAGON MOUND — The annual Wagon Mound Bean Festival is bigger and better than ever with a full weekend of activities beginning Friday, August 30 and runs through Monday, September 2 including the “Biggest Open Rodeo Series in New Mexico”; Street Dance, Dinner & Bean Cleaning Party; 7th Annual Wagon Mound Bean Day Car & Truck Show; Saturday Night Bean Day Dance; Amateur Horseshoe Tournament; Wagon Mound Bean Day Mud Bog Race – Qualifying Event; Sunday Night Bean Day Dance; Annual Wagon Mound Bean Day Parade; complete at:

The Bean Day Rodeo, known for its fast pace, is the biggest open rodeo in New Mexico with the most spectators per capita. The Bean Day Association awards an event champion- ship buckle to the 3 day average winners. Cash is awarded to the winners each day. Bean Day is the final rodeo stop in the “Whatever It Takes” Rodeo Series put on by TA Rodeo.

Bring your chairs, tailgates and/or canopy and settle in for a day filled with non-stop action Saturday August 31, through Monday September 2. The rodeo begins at 2 pm. $10 for adults, $5 for kids (6-14), Free – kids (5 & under). Entries close each day at 1:30 pm. Concessions available. For call in entry contact – TA Rodeo at 719-580-3022

Bean Day kicks off Friday evening at the Wagon Mound Firehouse, when volunteers get together for the traditional bean cleaning party to remove rocks and dirt from the 300 lbs. of dried pinto beans served on Monday.

Would you like to be part of this event? Show up at the Firehouse at 6 pm, bring a bowl to put the clean beans in, grab a seat and dig in. Stick around for the fundraiser dinner followed by a live band, Friday Night Street Dance; $10 admission.

7th Annual Wagon Mound Bean Day Car & Truck Show is August 31, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. People come from all over New Mexico, Texas & Colorado to show their cars at our annual Car & Truck Show. Enjoy music and food vendors while you admire the cars. We are currently looking for vendors.

Wagon Mound Bean Day Mud Bog Race – Qualifying Event Sunday, September 1. Come out to our 10th Annual Mud Bogs hosted by Phillips Mud Racing at the Rodeo Arena in Wagon Mound, NM. This race is a Qualifying Race for the MSWPM Midwest Showdown in TX!!

Gates open at 8 am, Race begins at 11 am gate admission $10-Adults $5- Kids concession is available. After the race enjoy music by Tylor Brandon at the Wagon Mound gym.

The Bean Day Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, September 2. The parade theme is “Flash Back to the 80s” Con- tact parade organizer- Abran 575-643-6402 for information or to enter. Trophies awarded to 1st & 2nd place entries.

Our Amateur Horseshoe Pitching Tournament, Sunday, September 1, 10 am to 2 pm, is open to all ages. $20 will buy you and a friend an entry fee in the tournament. Trophies are awarded to the top three teams. There is no fee for spectators. Contact Adrian Clothier 575-666-2493 for more information or to enter your team early.


Gate City Music Festival

RATON — Nestled against the mesas of the southern Rockies along the Santa Fe Trail, Raton, New Mexico at 6680 ft. is the perfect spot to enjoy fabulous music, scenic vistas, blue skies, and a taste of the Southwest.

The Gate City Music Festival featuring Josh Gallagher from The Voice runs Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 at Raton Mainstreet, 145 S 1st Street.

The Festival Schedule is:

SATURDAY, August 31st, 2019
10am-11pm (Free live music all day Saturday and free street dance Saturday night)
10 am to 10 pm—Street Fair with vendors and sidewalk sales 11:30am to 1 pm— Music by Secondhand
3 to 6 pm — Music by Stranded
7 to 11 pm — Music by Whiskey Baby (FREE Street Dance on Historic 1st Street)

SUNDAY, September 1, 2019
12pm-5pm — (free live music Sunday until 5pm, concert Sun- day night requires tickets)
12pm to 5pm — Street Fair with vendors and sidewalk sales 12 to 1:30pm — Music by Jonathan Castillo y Profundo
2 to 5pm— Music by Candace Vargas
7 pm to 11 pm — (Tickets required) Concerts at the Historic Shuler Theater, Zoe Elliott, Crystal & WIll Yates, and Head- liner: Josh Gallagher. Tickets / More Information:


Cleveland Millfest

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Millfest Labor Day weekend runs Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 10 am to 3 pm. Over 60 artists and craftspeople are participating. Local food booths, music and entertainment both days continuously. $3 per vehicle parking fee, admission into museum $5 adults; 12 to 17 are $3; and under 12 free, must be accompanied by parent or guardian. non alcohol event please

The museum is located just off NM Hwy 518 near mile marker 31.5. For more information call or visit 575-387-2645


Springer Movie Night

SPRINGER — Come out Friday, September 6, 7 pm (dusk) to Springer Museum Park, 516 Maxwell Ave for Springer Movie Night. Movie night is sponsored by the Springer Chamber of Commerce. Free popcorn!


First Annual NM/CO Chile Contest

RATON — New Mexico and Colorado go head-to-head in a chile cook off Saturday, September 7, 12 pm at Ripley Park, Savage Avenue. The cookoff is presented by Colfax County Democrats. For more information call 505-681-8393.


Suicide Prevention walk

RATON — The Colfax County Health Council presents a Suicide Prevention Walk, Saturday, September 14, 9 am at Round- house Memorial Park. The cost is $10 per person or $25 for a team of four; to sign up contact Ashley Vigil at 575-707-0371, 575-445-8191, Ericka, or Mona at 575-445-2379.

Music, food, and drinks provided. Pets welcome on leash. This event is sponsored by the Colfax Health Council and Miners’ Colfax Medical Center to raise awareness of suicide and prevention methods.


Out of this World

Pueblo Archaeological & Historical Society Presentation: Royal Gorge History

PUEBLO — Take a look at Royal Gorge History Thursday, September 5, 7 pm at the Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo, Ryals Rm. 4th Floor.
The program is “The Santa Fe’s First Iron Bridge-A Bridge Well Hung by Larry Green” The presentation is a look at the history, location and construction of the Hanging Bridge at the Royal Gorge. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions related to the bridge and the Royal Gorge War.


Food Preservation Classes

PUEBLO — Extension Agent, Laura Griffin of CSU Extension- Pueblo County will present the following food preservation workshops. All classes will be held at CSU Extension – Pueblo County, 701 Court Street, Suite C. The fee is $10 per class. There is limited space. To register by cash or check only: Mail or bring cash or check only to CSU Extension-Pueblo County. Make check payable to Pueblo County Extension Program Fund. To register online by credit card go to: Contact: Laura or Christine at 719-583- 6566 for more information.


Jams and Jellies

Wednesday, August 28, 1 to 4 pm or 6 to 9 pm, learn the role of pectin in gelling and get hints and tips to get the right consistency. Receive recipes for canned jams and jellies as well as freezer/refrigerator jellies. Register by 8/21.


Water Bath Canning

Wednesday, September 11, 1 to 4 pm or 4 to 6 pm. This work- shop will hone your canning skills using the water bath method for high acid fruits. Register by 9/4.


Pressure Canning

Wednesday, September 25, 12 to 4 pm or 5 to 9 pm. This work- shop will teach pressure canning skills for low acid foods. Learn ways to prevent spoilage and illness. Register by 9/18.



Wednesday, October 9, 1 to 4 pm or 6 to 9 pm. Making and can- ning your own pickles is one of the easiest things you can do with produce! This class will cover: Pickling fruits; Pickling vegetables; Pickled relishes. Register by 10/2.



Wednesday, October 30, 1 to 4 or 6 to 9 pm. Learn how to make and preserve sauerkraut, kim chee, and other products. This class will cover equipment needed, acceptable processing methods, and how to preserve fermented foods. Register by 10/23.


Freezing and Dehydrating

Wednesday, November 13, 1 to 3 or 6 to 8 pm. Learn how to freeze fruits and vegetables quickly and safely for high quality product. Learn how to dry fruits, vegetables, herbs and meat. Register by 11/6.