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Upcoming Events for week of December 12, 2019


Seedling trees available for landowners affected by fire, flood, insects or disease

SE COLORADO — The Colorado State Forest Service is selling affordable seedling trees, grown by its Seedling Tree Nursery, to residents of the southeast area of the state to support its Trees for Conservation program. The purpose of this program is to encourage connections between communities and forest health, so that individuals may enhance Colorado’s forests on their land, while helping the CSFS and other organizations ac- ross the state reach their conservation goals.

Seedling trees play a large part in the rehabilitation of burned areas of land by stabilizing soil, reducing erosion and re-creating habitat for wildlife. When communities come together to influence these factors, it helps to ensure the long- term health and resiliency of the state’s diverse forests.

Steve Rudolph, a forester in the Woodland Park Field Office and the lead for seedling tree sales in the southeast area of Colorado, says that he hopes that this program will continue to help landowners make personal commitments to their property, as well as instill a sense of pride in their state’s forests.

The CSFS will offer these seedling trees for purchase start- ing in late November, running through early spring. When considering which species to purchase, it is good to keep in mind factors such as elevation of the planting site, soil type and watering requirements of the plant to ensure successful seedling survival rates. The CSFS also sells seedling survival supplies, to allow customers to purchase all of the tools they may need to properly plant and grow their trees.

To purchase seedling trees, please visit and download the 2020 order form. Once you have filled out this form, you may mail it to the corresponding address for your pick-up location, or you can scan and e-mail it to csfs_wood- For more information about the seedling tree program, please call (719) 687-2951.


Nominate a special nurse for Colorado’s highest honor

SE COLORADO — Nominate a special Registered Nurse (RN) for the 2020 Southeastern Colorado Regional Nightingale Nurse Recognition Event. Think about a nurse who has touched you or your family. Nurses make an incredible difference in people’s lives every day!

The Colorado Nurses Foundation and Southeastern Colorado AHEC are accepting nominations for the annual South- eastern Colorado Regional Nightingale Nurse Recognition Event. The regional event will be held at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Occhiato Student Center Ballroom on Friday, March 27, 2020. Nominations are encouraged by community members and other health care professionals. The regional event will recognize exceptional working or retired nurses in southeastern Colorado.

Submit applications on-line at Deadline for nominations and all supporting documents is January 15, 2020. For information call (719)544-7833.

Southeastern Colorado AHEC seeks to improve health-care in southeastern Colorado by providing educational services to students, healthcare professionals, and the community

in the counties of Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Lake, Las Animas, Otero, Park, Prowers, Pueblo and Teller.


Treasures of Sopris

COLORADO — If you want to have your family included in a special memorial book, “Treasures of Sopris” written for the last living residents of Sopris, send a short story about how your family came to Sopris, and a picture of your home, if you have one, to either: judymangino57@gmail.ccom or



Sailing the Atlantic

LA VETA — Ever wonder what it would be like to take to the sea? Join us at the La Veta Library Thursday,December 12, 2:30 pm to welcome someone who did just that. Veronica Marino packed her bags and set out to sea as a crew member on an 1860’s style gaff rigged schooner. She will share her photos, artwork, poetry and tales of adventure. This program brought to you by the Friends of La Veta Library with free refreshments! 719-742-3572.


Ecstatic Dance at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Make your move, not your mind! Come and quiet your inner and outer dialogue and enjoy your own personal exploration of body movement, while listening to some fun rhythms for an awesome experience Thursday, December 12, 7 pm. Whether you feel moved to have a big dance work- out, or an inward journey, there is no judgment, low lights, and no talking, so you have absolute permission to be danced as the music moves you individually. Wear comfortable clothing,

leave your inner critic at the door, and consider a donation of $5 to help the La Veta Mercantile pay for our own brand new dance floor! All ages welcome! Facebook Event Link:


Free movie night at St. Mary

WALSENBURG — St. Mary’s Women of Faith are sponsoring a free movie, “The Nativity” with drinks and popcorn Friday, December 13, doors open at 6 pm and the movie begins at 6:30.


2019 Navajo Ranch HOA Christmas Party

LA VETA — The 2019 Navajo Ranch HOA Christmas Party will be held Saturday, December 14, at the La Veta Community Center, 131 East Ryus Avenue. Doors will open at 5:30 pm; dinner at 6 pm. All Navajo Ranch property owners and residents are invited to attend. Feel free to bring a guest or guests.

The HOA will provide turkey, ham, and beverages. Attendees are asked to provide potluck dishes (salads, bread/rolls, vegetable dishes, desserts, etc.) As a repeat from last year, there will be a DJ and dancing, as well as door prizes.

Again this year, the HOA membership voted to support the Huerfano County Sheriff Department’s toy drive. If you would like to participate, please bring an unwrapped gift for a child in a gift bag. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, we will accept cash or check – this will enable the HCSD to purchase additional gifts and help to ensure they can provide toys for more children in the community. The donated gifts and cash will be delivered to the Sheriff’s Department following the dinner.”


Hunter Education Class

WALSENBURG — There will be a two day Hunter Education Class Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, at La- throp State Park. Students who pass the written test and live- fire exercise will receive their Colorado Hunter Education Safety Cards. All materials will be provided and there is no cost. There is no minimum age.

Visit to register. For more information call 719-989-1027.


Gardner Holiday Art and Craft Fair

GARDNER — Stop by the Gardner Community Center Saturday, December 14, 9 to 3 pm for the Gardner Holiday Craft Fair. Come support artists and bakers! Admission is free. There will be pottery, baked goodies, jewelry, ornaments, cards, leather, soaps, knit hats and scarves, so much more! Do your holiday shopping here! Breakfast burritos and chili lunch will be served. For questions and vendor information call 719-746-3050


Christmas program at Spanish Peaks Church

LA VETA — Spanish Peaks Church, 311 S. Main Street, will be presenting a Christmas Program to include a children’s musical play and comedy skits on two days. Saturday, December 14, 6 pm there will be the program with dinner $7 for adult; $5 for children 6 to 12 years old. Sunday, December 15, 3 pm there will be the program with refreshment with tickets of $5 for 6 and older and children 5 and under free. All proceeds go to the youth programs. Please RSVP (719)742-3476.


Christmas & Celtic Music at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Enjoy an afternoon of Christmas and Celtic music and stories with La Veta’s very own Celtic Orphans Sunday, December 15, 2 pm. The concert is free! Visit the Face- book event link for more information:


“Have You Heard?” a Celtic Christmas Cantata

WALSENBURG/ LA VETA/ GARDNER— Come hear the Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble, Southern Colorado’s biggest little county-wide community choir, present “Have You Heard?”, a Celtic Christmas Cantata. Three concert dates for you to choose from: Sunday, December 15, 3 pm at St. Mary’s Church in Walsenburg; Friday, December 20, 6 pm at La Veta United Methodist Church; and Sunday, December 22, 2 pm at Gardner Methodist Church. Refreshments served after each concert. Enjoy the Christmas Story told in song and scripture, with a lovely, lilting Celtic twist to your favorite Christmas songs. Bring the whole family, free of charge.


Huerfano Democrats Winter Holiday Dinner RSVP by 12/15

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Democratic Party invites all to come out for an end of the year celebration Thursday, December 19, 5:30 pm at Walsenburg Golf Course, 1399 Co Rd 502. The cost of the dinner is $15 and is either steak, potato, salad, roll or spaghetti, meatballs, salad, breadsticks. Both menus include tea, coffee, lemonade, and dessert. A cash bar is available.

Please RSVP with menu choice by Sunday, December 15 to 719-742-0244 or We are encouraging folks to bring a sample of their favorite recipe for us to taste and the written recipe to share!


Free legal clinic at SPLD

WALSENBURG — There will be a free legal clinic Monday, December 16, 1:30-3 pm at the Spanish Peaks Library. This clinic is hosted by the 3rd Judicial District Access to Justice Committee, Southern Colorado Legal Services, and the Spanish Peaks Library District. CLS will provide free 15-20 minute consultations for eligible parties based on CLS income and asset criteria. For more information regarding eligibility, please call the 3rd Judicial District Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator, Kate Johnson, at (719) 695-6555.


RE-1 calls for public input on future facility needs

WALSENBURG — Huerfano Re-1 School District will hold a community meeting on Monday, December 16, 5:30 pm at the John Mall High School gym. The School District would like to share information about facility needs with the community and ask for input from community on what is important to con- sider for potential future facility investments. Community input is a vital part of receiving a BEST grant for school construction.

This is open to everyone in the community, please come share your thoughts. Members of the business community are encouraged to attend since high quality schools are an important for recruitment of new business and residents. Your input counts!


Gardner students present “Christmas at the Movies”

GARDNER — Come out Tuesday, December 17, 6 pm to the Gardner School Gym for the holiday show, “Christmas at the Movies” directed by Jenna Inscho and performed by the Pre-K through 8th grades. Following the show, refreshments will be served in the cafeteria. We ask that everyone bring a treat to share.


Bill Hearne, Michael Hearne, Don Richmond, and Zeke Severson at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Bill Hearne, Michael Hearne, along with special guests Don Richmond and bassist-vocalist Zeke Severson will perform a concert and dance at the La Veta Mercantile Wednesday, December 18, 7 pm! From Bill: “This is the rarest of rarest opportunities to spend an entire evening listening to Michael and his ugly uncle Bill pick and sing together. Don Richmond will also do a few tunes from the Rifters new CD, and we might even talk Zeke into doing a tune, as he does in my group.” Hope to see you there, to listen, or to scoot a boot. Tickets are $20 in advance or $23 day of show.

Discounted rooms available at the La Veta Inn: $89 Queen and must book directly by calling 719 742-5566.
Facebook Event Link: https://www.face-


JMHS Winter Concert Spectacular!

WALSENBURG — Come join the Huerfano Re-1 Music Department as we play some of our favorite Christmas tunes for the 2019 holiday season!

The concert will be held Wednesday, December 18, 7 pm in the JMHS Cafeteria. Con- cert begins promptly at 7 pm, doors will open at 6:45. This is a FREE concert with a suggested $5 donation at the door! This is an event for the whole family to come and enjoy.


Film screening “The Need To Grow”

LA VETA — There will be a presentation Thursday, December 19, 5:30 pm at the La Veta Library meeting room of the award winning documentary “The Need to Grow” created by Rob Herring and Ryan Wirick. With only 60 years of farmable soil left on the Earth, this documentary offers an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement who have created possible solutions. Can we feed the world without destroy- ing the Earth? For more information about this fascinating program please call Joel Mat- thews 575-740-1709. Refreshments will be provided.


American Legion Post 16 meeting

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg American Legion Post 16 will meet on Thursday, December 19, 6:30 pm. (Please note the new meeting day.) The meeting will be held on the 2nd floor of the Spanish Peaks Veterans Com- munity Living Center, 23500 US Highway 160. All Veterans and their spouses are invited to attend. We will be discussing future activities, recent Legislation that just passed as well as any future activities. Come and join us! For further information, contact the Post Commander, Gary Baldwin at 719-738-2801.


Open Mic Night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The next comedy, poetry, singing, acting, or getting on your soapbox for a few minutes open mic will be Thursday, December 19, 7 pm. Performers, reserve your time by calling (719-742-3387) or sending us a message via Facebook. This free evening of fun is hosted by Ken Saydak.


Santa & Mrs. Claus coming to Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Santa and Mrs Claus will be in town Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, 5 to 6:30 pm at the Housing Authority recreation room, 220 Russell Street. (across from the Outreach Clinic).


Free family-friendly holiday movie at the Fox

WALSENBURG — Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department is proud to present “The Polar Express” Friday, December 20, 7:30 pm at the Fox Theatre. This is a free family-friendly movie for our community!


Christmas Bird Count

LA VETA — The Arkansas Valley Audubon Society is please to sponsor the 31st annual Spanish Peaks Christmas Bird Count Saturday, December 21. We will meet at 8 am at the La Veta Town Park and bird in the morning until about noon when we will meet in town at a local home for lunch and refreshments. (Bring you own sack lunch.)

Intrepid birders will continue in the afternoon. With the group will be experienced birders to help beginners in identifying the dozens of species we expect to see.

The International Audubon Society sponsors the world wide Christmas Bird Counts to monitor the numbers and health of species in a defined area. With global warming there have been surprises in the past few years. The counts began more than 100 years ago as an alternative to shooting birds as a pastime around Christmas. Participants need not be experienced; experts will be present. More eyes looking about is always welcomed. Bring binoculars if you have them, dress warmly even though vehicles will be nearby. For questions call Tom at 742-3776.


Tom Munch Christmas Concert at LV Mercantile

LA VETA — La Veta Mercantile welcomes back Tom Munch for his yearly Christmas Concert Saturday, December 21, 7 pm. Munch has been deeply steeped in Christmas and winter songs since he was born, and has made a lifelong passion of learning and expressing these songs yearly at many venues. Munch is prepping for a fun and meaningful evening with even a few sing-alongs to add to the holiday spirit. Come out and celebrate Christmas with your friends and neighbors! Tickets are $15 advance, or $18 at the door. Get tickets and RSVP at 17609306/


The Perfect Gift

WALSENBURG — The Feed Store Church presents “The Perfect Gift” Sunday, December 22, 7 pm at the Fox Theatre. Join us this Christmas for a special service featuring the Awaken Performance Team and an uplifting Christmas message. For more information call 719-742-5207.


Tim and Cindy’s annual free Christmas dinner

WALSENBURG — Enjoy Tim and Cindy’s annual free-to-the-community Christmas dinner Wednesday, December 25, noon to 2 pm at Delaney Hall. Come in and enjoy Christmas day with us. Donations and volunteers are needed. Thank you from Tim and Cindy.


Huerfano Youth Sports Leagues seeks volunteers

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness in La Veta has recently formed a basketball league for our youth. We are currently seeking volunteer coaches and team sponsors for our quickly approaching basketball season in December! Other youth leagues to fol- low. Please contact Nicole Sudderth at (303)-944-7319 for further information for your child and coaching!


TuTu’s Washateria opens

LA VETA — TuTu’s Washateria is now open at 903 South Oak Street in La Veta! Come check out the revamped laundry mat! Special thanks to Jett and Cheryl for their years of hard work, enjoy your retirement. Open 7 days a week!


Plant-A-Book at LV Library

LA VETA — This holiday season do some- thing special for someone who is close to you and help grow the La Veta Library children’s book collection. Planting a book in the Library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative. Choose from the pre-selected books on display at La Veta Library. A dedication bookplate will be placed inside the book of your choice and we will give you a personalized card for your special person. Plant-A-Book is underway now until all the books are sold. All books cost $15. Contact us at 742-3572 or email for more information.


Diabetes prevention at SPRHC

WALSENBURG — Have you been told by a health care professional that you are at risk for getting diabetes or have prediabetes? You can prevent type 2 diabetes! Find out how to enroll in a diabetes prevention program at Spa- nish Peaks Regional Health Center by contacting Ellen White, Lifestyle Coach at 719- 738-5200 x407 or . This program is a CDC National Diabetes Prevention program can help you make a change for life.


Lathrop State Park 2020 calendar sale

WALSENBURG — Lathrop State Park 2020 Calendars are now available. Proceeds from the calendar sales will be used in an ongoing Lathrop Visitor Center garden beautification program. Calendars can be purchased at the visitor center for $10 each.  Calendar sales are cash only.


Suffrage exhibit at Trinidad History Museum ends Friday

TRINIDAD — Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado is currently exhibiting important suffrage artifacts at The Trinidad History Museum, through Friday, Dec 13. We want to get the word out so that the public (esp students, educators, history buffs) can visit the exhibit and learn more about Colorado’s trail- blazing role in American history; ours was the first state to ratify universal voting rights in the U.S. via popular referendum in 1893, a full 26 years before national suffrage!

An interesting fact about Las Animas county’s role in women’s suffrage: Las Animas County did not share the same level of enthusiasm surrounding the suffrage movement as the rest of the state. In 1893, 26% of residents voted in support of women’s right to vote. However, it was an improvement from the 1877 election where only 11% of residents were in favor.

The Road to the Vote Artifact Tour will travel throughout the state. If you cannot get out to Trinidad History Museum, catch the exhibit at these locations :
Dec. 16, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020: El Pueblo History Museum, Pueblo
Jan. 6 – Jan 17, 2020: Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center (Fort Garland)
Jan. 27 – Feb. 7, 2020: Ute Indian Museum (Montrose)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 28, 2020: Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin (Leadville)
March 7 – Dec. 2020: Center for Colorado Women’s History (Denver)


Homelighting Trolley Tours

TRINIDAD — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so gather your friends and family for an evening Trolley tour of the lighted, decorated homes competing for the winning spots in the 2019 Trinidad Home Lighting Contest and of the decorated store fronts in the Deck the Halls competition.

The trolley will depart from Coal Miner’s Memorial on Main Street each Wednesday- Sunday at 6 pm and again at 7 pm and will continue until Dec. 22nd. The City of Trinidad, and the City’s Tourism Board and Main Street Board invite you to join in the fun, enjoy free hot cocoa and apple cider and vote for your favorites! You can also vote online at All Aboard!


Japanese Art Forms – Gift Wrapping

TRINIDAD — Learn Japanese Gift Wrapping Thursday, December 12, 5:30-7 pm at the Carnegie Public Library. Teacher Marilyn Leuszler will lead the class on the art of Japanese Gift Wrapping!


Nine Lessons & Carols

TRINIDAD — Nine Lessons and Carols will be performed Thursday, December 12, 7 to 8:30 pm, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 135 Church Street. This reflective, candlelight service tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus in nine short Bible readings with the singing of carols interspersed. The pro- gram is hosted by Trinidad Music Association and features the Trinidad Chamber Singers. For more information call 719-846-3062.


U. S. Census Job Fair

TRINIDAD — Looking for work? The U.S. Census Bureau, in partnership with the Trini- dad Workforce Center, will be holding a 2020 Census Job Fair Friday, Dec. 13, 10 am to 12 pm at 140 N. Commercial Street.

These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community. Hours are flexible, and the pay is good: These are temporary positions that will begin in 2020. For more in- formation or to apply online, please visit


HOH Creator Fridays!

TRINIDAD — We are proud to announce that this fall’s Hands on History Fridays will focus on the arts! HOH is for kids in 1 through 8 grades and runs each Friday, 1 to 4 pm. The cost for the class is $9 per week.

(Scholarships available for free/reduced lunch, or multiple sibling enrollment. HOH will be held each Friday through Dec. 20. These Fridays are sponsored by the Trinidad Community Foundation and in partnership with the Arts Council of Trinidad, whose members will be joining us to teach about different types of art techniques!

Each Friday will include a brief history lesson to introduce the topic and its significance, followed by hands on activities. This Friday, December 13 -Batik. Contact Abigail to enroll: 719-846-7217 or


Classical Christmas Concert

TRINIDAD — Enjoy your favorite Christmas hymns Friday, December 13, 6 to 8:30 pm at Mt. Carmel, 911 Robinson. This Christmas concert is performed by a four piece quartet. with cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres at 6 pm, concert from 7-8:30, 30 minute intermission. Tickets are $10. Call for more information and buy tickets at 719-845-4894.


Santa Tuck-In ROAR fundraiser

TRINIDAD — In this unique ROAR Relay for Life fundraiser, Santa will come to your home to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas for a $10 donation. Tuck-ins are scheduled for Saturday, Dec 14, Sunday, Dec. 15, Saturday, Dec. 21, Sunday, Dec. 22. Call Sharon at 719- 680-1249 to schedule a time.


Annual Holiday Craft Day!

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Autism Organization is hosting a Holiday Craft Day Saturday, Dec 14, 11 am to 2 pm at the Knights Of Columbus Hall. All kids with disabilities and their siblings are welcome! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Mary Jo at 719-439- 8730.


Santa Paws and more 2019

TRINIDAD — Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association announced a collaboration with Santa “Paws” in hopes of helping shelter animals have a wonderful holiday season and the best of care for the years to come.

Operation Santa Paws is a kind-hearted, cheery, animal-loving supply and donation drive… a unique holiday give-back effort that will help Noah’s Ark in continuing to assist the 1,600 cats, dogs, kittens and puppies we help each year.”

There are many ways to contribute: Giving Trees-Like shopping? Like giving? Shop for a cause and give from the heart to pets who have less. The NAAWA Giving Trees are decorated with ornaments listing much needed supplies for shelter pets. Simply visit a giving tree, pick an ornament, purchase the listed item, and place into the box near the tree. Giving Trees can be found at Big R, The Tail’s End Grooming Salon, and the Noah’s Ark Thrift Store.

You CAN Make a Difference Food Drive- Noah’s Ark’s shelter and their thrift store are collecting canned dog and cat food for shelter critters. Donations of pet food can be delivered to the thrift store or shelter.
Fill Santa’s Boot-This holiday season, you can help Noah’s Ark reach a goal of $50,000 to purchase new indoor dog kennels for the new animal shelter. Just look for official Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association representatives any day at the Noah’s Ark Thrift Store and fill Santa’s boot for homeless pets in need. Donations can also be made at the NAAWA animal shelter, thrift store, by mail or phone, or online at or on GoFundMe.

And of course-Santa Paws-Get your and your pet’s photo taken with Santa Paws Saturday, December 14, 10 am to 2 pm at Big R, 2208 Freedom Road. Photo cost is by donation. Don’t have a pet? No worries! Visit the first ever North Pole Kissing Booth and have a mini-date an adoptable dog, puppy, cat or kitten. Or if you are ready for a lifetime of love and friendship, visit the North Pole’s Adoption Booth and take home a new furry friend. Be sure to get yummy treats or the purrfect gift at the famous Santa Paws Bake Sale table. This year, the bake sale table will also feature Noah’s Ark T-shirts, pet calendars, ornaments, and you can even order a personalized, commemorative brick for just $50! Remember to also stock up on all your farm, ranch, home, and gift needs with amazing savings throughout Big R’s store,


A Winter FairyTale

TRINIDAD — A Winter FairyTale by Illusions dance studio will be performed Saturday, Dec. 14, 3 pm at Trinidad Middle School. Admission is $8. Come out and enjoy our Christmas Recital, the children, parents and staff have worked so hard to put together for everyone to come and watch. We can’t wait to see you all there!.


Outdoor recreation opportunities at Colorado’s newest state park

TRINIDAD — Join the community Saturday, December 14, 4 to 5 at the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, 150 E Main St. for a forum discussing the recreational opportunities for the newly minted Fishers Peak State Park. The forum is hosted by Wally Wallace and Allyson Sheumaker

On September 12th 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that the iconic 9,633-foot Fishers Peak will be featured in Colorado’s newest state park — making it publicly accessible for the first time to local citizens. At more than 19,000 acres, this property will be the second largest state park in Colorado. In conjunction with an array of partners — including the City of Trinidad and Colorado Parks and Wildlife — a team of graduate students from the University of Colorado Boulder, commissioned by The Nature Conservancy, has worked to identify meaningful outdoor recreation opportunities in the park while preserving the property’s natural and biological values. The team has spoken with industry experts from a variety of recreational activities to analyze potential opportunities and constraints in the new state park. The students’ work is an early step in the pro- cess of assessing the property’s potential for recreation, conservation and other activities which will continue thorough next Spring. Their assessment proceeds the state’s formal public planning process which is slated to begin later in 2020. Join the graduate student team at the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art on Saturday December 14, 2019 at 4 pm as they present their findings.


Breakfast buffet at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE —Spanish Peaks Inn will have the monthly breakfast buffet Sunday, December 15, 8 am to noon. $10 for a delicious All-you-can-eat breakfast!

Get ready for the Ugly Sweater Dance with Joe Mestas, Saturday, December 21, 7 to 10 pm, $5 cover charge.

Spanish Peaks Inn also offers Tai Chi, QI Gong and mindfulness every Monday at 2 pm; and line dancing every Wednesday, 2 to 4 pm. Don’t forget Taco Tuesday and Friday night specials.


TMA Christmas Sing-Along

TRINIDAD — Get in the spirit of Christmas by joining members of the Trinidad Music Association singing Christmas carols, drinking hot chocolate or cider, having some sweets, and visiting with Santa Sunday, December 15, 2 pm at Up- Swing Community Room, 419 W. Main Street.


“Gift to You” dance performance

TRINIDAD — Our “Gift to You”, hosted by Dance Connection will be held Sunday December 15 at Trinidad Middle School, 614 Park Street. There will be two shows;. a matinee at 2 pm and an evening show at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 each. Doors open at 1:30 pm. The mission of Dance Connection Dance School is to “bring the love of dance to the children of our community!”


Gift tree at 1st National

TRINIDAD — Santa’s Gift Tree annual program for seniors will run from now through Monday, Dec. 16. at 1st National Bank. Choose a letter from the tree to fill a wish for a local senior citizen


Adventure Time at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Adventure Time is a new story time program for kids in grades K-3 at the Carnegie. Join us on the 3rd Monday, starting December 16, 9:30 am for stories, crafts and activities with volunteers Ms. Peggy and Ms. Joy.


Walleye Association meeting

TRINIDAD — The next meeting of the Colorado Walleye Association- South Chapter, will be held Tuesday, December 17, 6 pm at City of Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Drive. We are going to discuss when to have meetings, outings ( non tournament), and any other ideas Please invite your friends and fishing buddies!


Care and Share distribution

TRINIDAD — The next Care and Share/commodities distribution will be Wednesday, December 18, 10 am-1:30 pm at Las Animas County Fairgrounds. Distribution for seniors 60 and over is 10 to 11:30. Pick up for all eligible Las Animas County residents 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Proxy forms available at SCCOG office for those who can not make it to distribution but would like to designate someone else to pick up in their absence.


Holiday opportunities in Trinidad

TRINIDAD — There are many opportunities to give this Holiday season in Trinidad area.

The Trinidad Fireman’s Toy Drive has delivered the toy drive applications to all local schools, utility department at city hall, department of social services, and Trinidad Housing Authority. If you know of anyone needing assistance with Christmas, please fill out an application or contact Captain Drew Gatlin.

Shop with a Cop, is taking donations to assist underprivileged kids an opportunity to spend time with a local law enforcement officer and provided funds for Christmas shopping. Contact Community Service Officers Temple Young or Courtney Festi at 719-846-2993 x 214 or 203

Holiday Food Drive benefiting Fisher’s Peak Soup Kitchen, now to Dec. 18 at the drop off location at Phil Long Toyota, 105 E. Cedar Street, donate a non-perishable food item and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to be used at Phil Long.


Somebody Cares Cookie Drive

TRINIDAD — The Somebody Cares Cookie Drive, is going on now through Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 521 E North Avenue. We are asking you to bake a dozen or more. cookies to give to the seniors and others in our community. We need the cookies by the Wednesday, December 18.

We are also taking names of Senior’s to give cookies to up until December 18. Cookies will be given out on Friday, December 20. Along with a few other gifts as available. Location will be posted. Contact Elaine at 719-846-2075 for more information and drop off.


Nostalgic Movie Night ~ High Noon

TRINIDAD —The next nostalgic movie, “High Noon” will be shown Wednesday, December 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Carnegie Public Library. This movie was directed by Fred Zinnemann and stars Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, and Lloyd Bridges. A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.


Gift wrapping fundraiser for ROAR

TRINIDAD — ROAR Relay for Life fundraiser, get your Christmas presents wrapped beautifully at Corradino Auto Body, 124 N. Maple on these dates and times:
Thursday, Dec 19th, 6-9 pm

Friday, Dec 20th, 6-9 pm Saturday, Dec 21st, 2-9pm.

Prices range from $3-10. For more information contact: Sharon Vallejos- 719-680-0693, Lesley Abeyta- Hertzing- 719- 859-2065, Kendra Doherty- 719-946-5510 or 719-680-0693


Third Thursday Heritage Nights—Tin Art

TRINIDAD — Each third Thursday of the month Trinidad History Museum’s Kirby and Abigail will be serving up 15-20 minute history lessons, and then we will all create a hands on experience. This month, Thursday, December 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm join us in making Holiday decor out of Tin. For more in- formation call 719-846-2361.


Traditional La Posada in downtown

TRINIDAD — Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber and Southern Colorado Coal Miner’s Museum will be hosting La Posada on Friday, December 20, 4 pm beginning at the Coal Miners Museum, 219 W. Main Street.

La Posada is a celebration that represents the difficulties that Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus, faced in search of a room when traveling to Bethlehem. Groups of children and adults go from house to house singing traditional songs re- questing lodging (posada). We will have music and go to different businesses on Main Street and Commercial St. ending back at the museum. We welcome anyone who would like to be a part La Posada either by dressing up or as part of the pro- cession. We would love for you to join us! If you have questions, please call Yolanda Romero 719-846-8234 or Becky Butero 719-859-5725.


Family Movie Night- “Polar Express”

TRINIDAD — Friday, December 20, 5 to 8:30 pm at Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center, 911 Robinson, offers a free movie night for all children 12 and under, come early for cookies and hot cocoa! For more info, call 719-845-4894.


“The Grinch” free movie night

TRINIDAD — Come out Friday, December 20, 6 pm to Illusions Dance Studio, 131 E Main St for a free showing of “The Grinch”. Popcorn and soda will be available


Christmas Crafts and Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt

TRINIDAD — Come join us for some Christmas crafts Saturday, December 21, 11 am to 1 pm at Illusions Dance Studio, 131 E Main Street. The festive holiday fun is presented by Southern Colorado Family Center and will include Christmas cookie decorating, stocking decorating, snowman picture frames, and cotton ball snowman. The Elf in the Shelf scavenger hunt begins at 11am. We will also be taking pictures with Santa and we will be making s’mores. Each activity cost $1-$2 each. For more information: 719-251-6509.


Mt. Carmel Market

TRINIDAD — The public has one last chance to shop The Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue,· market before Christmas, Saturday, December 21, 10 am to 3 pm. The market is great for all you last minute shoppers out there! Vendors on all floors, and the kitchen is always open on Market Days!


Walton Brothers Christmas Concert

TRINIDAD — The Walton Brothers return to Trinidad for their Christmas Concert Saturday, December 21, 7 pm at First Christian Church, 200 S. Walnut Street. Tickets are $10 adults or $5 for children, and may be purchased at the door or Mangino’s Automotive or 1st National Bank. Also, doors open at 6 pm for “Last Stop Shop” for last minute gift options. All proceeds benefit the Grace Christian School in Trinidad.


Christmas Dinner

TRINIDAD — Come out Wednesday, December 25, noon for Christmas Dinner at St. Joseph’s Hall. The dinner is sponsored by Fisher’s Peak Soup Kitchen


Winter Art Show

TRINIDAD — The Mitchell Museum of Art, 150 E. Main will feature the Winter Art Show until January.


TLAC Chamber of Commerce 2020 luncheon sponsorships available

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad & Las Animas Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly luncheon every third Wednesday of the month. Each month we give a local business or non profit the opportunity to come share with the attendees about their business.

The 2019 sponsors have been TSJC, Trinidad Correctional Facility, Sangre de Cristo Hospice, Mt. San Rafael, SoCo Quick Clean, Wilklow & Associates, Veterans Memorial Committee, TSD-1, Mountain Liquor, Historic Trinidad Main Street board, and the Trinidad Triggers.

A luncheon sponsorship includes: Company logo on Event Flyer, invitation to event, and on Social Media; Opportunity to distribute company’s marketing materials to all attendees; Two tickets to attend the luncheon; Company logo on event signage; 30-minutes to promote your company; Admission includes discussion and networking/social hour. Spaces are limited and filling up quickly. If you are interested in be- coming a sponsor of a 2020 luncheon please contact the office for more information. TLAC Chamber of Commerce, 719-846- 9285.



“A Christmas Carol” at the Shuler

RATON — This delightful Holiday tradition returns to the Shuler Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 15. Shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday are at 7 pm, Sunday performance is at 3 pm. “A Christmas Carol” is produced by the Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts. General ad- mission is $10; Family $30. Shuler Box office 575-445-4746


Raton City Band welcomes new members

RATON — All are welcome to join and play with the Raton City Band! Currently, rehearsals are every Thursday, 6:30 pm at the Raton High School band room. Find us on Facebook (Raton City Band) or call Clint at 505-652-6637.


Breakfast With Santa in Angel Fire

ANGEL FIRE — Come and enjoy a pancake breakfast, carols, crafts and a visit with Santa Saturday, December 14, 9 am to 11 am at Angel Fire Community Center 15 CS Ranch Road.


Christmas on the Chicorica

RATON — The Friends of Sugarite Canyon invite you to the annual Christmas on the Chicorica Saturday, December 14, 5– 8 pm at Sugarite Visitor Center. Come enjoy the:
 1,000 luminarias

 hot drinks and treats
 star gazing by telescope & laser  Santa!
For more info: 575-445-5607.


Eagle Scout Award ceremony

CIMARRON — Raton Troop 91 would like to invite you to our Court of Honor. The Court of Honor will be held Sunday, December 15, 4 pm in the National Scouting Museum at Phil- mont Scout Ranch in Cimarron. 7 young men will be receiving their Eagle Scout Award, the highest award youth can earn in the Boy Scouts. The boys earning their Eagle Scout award are: Carson Chatterley, Creede Chatterley, Colten Dunlap, Jacob Edmondson, Chance Kamp, Chase Kamp, and Christian Kamp.


Elementary Christmas program

SPRINGER — Santa Claus will be in the park (inside in case of bad weather) Monday, December 16, 5- 6:00 pm at Luna Vocational, 516 Maxwell Avenue. For more information call Springer Chamber of Commerce, 575-643-6401.


St Vincent de Paul Food Distribution

RATON — There will be a food distribution Thursday, December 19, 8 to 11 am at St Vincent, 104 Buena Vista Street. Food distribution until supplies exhausted everyone is welcome!


Raton Ministerial Alliance Food Distribution

RATON — There will be a food distribution Friday, December 20, 10 am until supplies are gone, at the old City Market build- ing, 907 S. 2nd Street. Everyone is welcome.


Movie Night- The Grinch

CIMARRON — The Cimarron Halos are sponsoring movie night at CEMS PAC Friday, December 20. Doors open at 6 pm. Come watch the original Grinch at 6:30 pm followed by the new Grinch at 7 pm. Tickets are $5. Your ticket will give you a snack bag and drink and will be put in a drawing for two door prizes. There will also be a picture booth with the Grinch for $1. Hope to see you there!!!


Christmas Light Parade

SPRINGER — The Christmas Light parade will be held Saturday, December 21, 6 pm The parade participants will meet in front of the Colfax General Long-term Care, 615 Prospect Ave at 5:30 pm. For more information call the Springer Chamber of Commerce, 575-643-6401.


Mandala Center worship service

DES MOINES — The monthly worship service at the Mandala Center led by the Rev. Tim Sexton will be Sunday, December 29. The service begins at 3 pm followed by a pot luck dinner. TMC is located at 96 Mandala Rd. 3 miles west of Des Moines, New Mexico. For more information call (575) 278- 3002.


Raton Regional Aquatic Center New Years Eve party

RATON — Come swim in the New Year Tuesday, December 31 beginning 6 pm at Raton Regional Aquatic Center. The $5 admission fee applies to this event. This New Years Eve party is sponsored by the Parks department in partnership with Col- fax County DWI. Once you leave, you will not be allowed to re-enter the facility.