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Maximize your booth sale results for the Highway of Legends community yard sales

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — La Veta Village- Assisted Living Project is currently organizing The First Annual Highway of Legends Community Yard Sales on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, 21, 9-5 each day. We urge all businesses and individuals to set up their own tables/booths in Walsenburg, La Veta, Cuchara, Aguilar, Trinidad, Stonewall, and Wes- ton. Please contact Beckie 303-419-0694, email to or go to the www.highway- for more information.

Be sure to make the most of this opportunity and advertise your booth in the paper. If you have any questions or for pricing, please contact the office at 719-738-1415, or email us at


State Fair entries

PUEBLO — The Colorado Department of Agriculture invites everyone to be part of the 2019 Colorado State Fair. The Fair’s General Entry department is a gateway for people of all ages to participate in still exhibit competitions.

From baking and beer to poetry and pet photos, still exhibits at the Fair provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to show- case creative talent and skill while competing for an iconic state fair blue ribbon.

General Entry categories include: Amateur Art, Floriculture, Arts and Crafts, Needle Arts, Beer and Wine, Pantry, All- age Coloring Contest, Poetry, Dolls, Porcelain Art, FFA Ag Mechanics, Quilts, Farm and Garden Sponsored Competitions, and Fine Arts. Details for general entry competitions and special contests are listed on the Colorado State Fair website: Submissions will be accepted through Friday, July 19 and may be submitted online or through the Colorado State Fair General Entry office at 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004.

The 2019 Colorado State Fair will take place August 23 – September 2. This year’s theme is “Horsin’ Around Since 1869 in Pueblo, Colorado” and celebrates 150 years of horse shows and competitions at the fair. For more information, visit, visit the Colorado State Fair Face- book page or call 719-404-2080.



Peach fundraiser for SCCY

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


Buy peaches for LV United Methodist

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


Bomber Hike

CUCHARA — A very special, all uphill, hike to visit the debris from the 1943 crash of a B-24 bomber will be held Thursday, July 11, 9 am to 3 pm. All hikes meet at the Cuchara Community Center, 16500 CO 12. Bring lunch, rain gear, and appropriate shoes.

There is no formal trail leading to the wreckage so this creates some difficult hiking. We follow a small stream for about a mile so it can be a very muddy and slick hike. Near the site of the crash we begin to climb a ridge which is much steeper, and again without a trail. We start seeing pieces of the B-24 which covers a large area of the ridge.

It was a trainer plane traveling from El Paso to Pueblo, and went down in March of 1943. It a touching and profound sight to see all the pieces of the wreckage scattered across the mountain side. This hike is not long, but difficult because it a bushwhacking, steep hike. For more info:


Friends of the SP Library book sale

WALSENBURG — Well, its time for another book sale! The Friends of the Library, book sale, will be Thursday July 11, 10 am to 5 pm and Friday July 12, 10 am to 5 pm. See all you book readers there.


Somatic Rejuvenation class

LA VETA — A free introduction to somatic rejuvenation-body awareness through movement to foster relaxation, energy and healing will be held Thursday, July 11, 1-2 pm or 3-4 pm at the Yoga Studio, 200, S. Main Street.

Somatic Rejuvenation practice uses slow, gentle, sliding and gliding movements while lying on a mat. If you can get up and down from the floor by yourself (using a chair to push up on is permitted) you can participate. Recommended for all ages and very beneficial to seniors, it fosters neuro-muscular re-education and profound physical rest, relieving tension, stiffness and fatigue and awakening the body’s innate intelligence and healing.


Huerfano Soup at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The next Huerfano Soup at the La Veta Mercantile, sponsored by Bachman & Associates, will be held Thursday, July 11, 6 pm. One dish + one vote + one passionate community = Huerfano Soup.

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


Arthropods and dutch oven cooking at Lathrop

WALSENBURG — Friday, July 12, 7 pm at the Visitor Center CSU Entomologist, Boris Kondratieff, will return to Lathrop with a presentation about arthropods. He will bring with him some large and fascinating creepy-crawly arthropods from around the world.

On Saturday morning, July 13, the park naturalist will host an activity called Rare Sightings. This is a family fun activity that involves solving picture and word puzzles to find the names of hard to find creatures at Lathrop State Park, followed by a naturalist talk. The activity includes a short walk on a segment of the trail. The presentation will begin at 9 am at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.

On Saturday evening, Interpreter Keri Powers presents: Campfire Cooking with a Dutch Oven. Powers will teach about the history of outdoor cooking with Dutch ovens and will do a cooking demonstration. Also, audience members will get to taste some delicious Dump Cobbler. The presentation will begin at 7 pm at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.

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

As always, any vehicle in the State Park must display a park pass. If you would like to attend but don’t have a park pass, remember you may check one out of either Spanish Peaks Library or La Veta Library for up to one week. Lathrop State Park is located on Hwy 160, approximately three miles west of Walsenburg.


Free sports physicals

WALSENBURG — Jerriann Vigil PA and Regina Griego NP will be providing free sports physicals to Huerfano County Student/Athletes in need. The physicals will be performed at The Family Medicine Clinic, 100 West 4th Street on Friday, July 12 and Friday, July 19, 12 pm to 5 pm. There will be no scheduling necessary, exam will be performed in the order the student/athlete arrives and has all of the necessary paperwork completed. A parent/ legal guardian must accompany the student/ athlete.


Triple Nickel Band at The Dog Bar

CUCHARA — There will be live country music Saturday, July 13, 8 to 11:45 pm at the Dog Bar & Grill, 34 Cuchara Ave E. For more information call 719-742-6366


Free concert at Miner’s Plaza

WALSENBURG — Songwriting duo Lorraine and Amy will be ‘Sharing Jesus Through Song’ in Miner’s Plaza (across from La Plaza Inn) on Saturday, July 13, 6-7 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. CDs will be available for purchase.


432Hz Open Mic & Musicians Jam

WALSENBURG — Saturday, July 13, 5pm to 8pm the ONE Table 432Hz Stage is available to let your talent shine. Songwriters, singers, musicians of every kind are invited to let your talent shine. Show up, sign up and see what gets created.


Sand painting

LA VETA — The La Veta School of the Arts is offering Sand Painting on Saturday, July 13 OR Sunday, July 14. Sharona Nova will teach this one-day workshop that is an exploration of the symbolism, balance, harmony, and symmetry created in sand painting from various cultures. The morning will be spent learning about these cultures and the history of sand painting. In the afternoon, each student will create a sand painting. Through this act, participants will gain a better understanding of how to find balance in their own lives. Sharona Nova has been an artist her whole life. She has been teaching sand painting, The Art of dreamcatchers, scrapbooking, jewelry, and steampunk at art centers for the past six years. She is an avid student of the indigenous cultures and arts. Classes will be held at The La Veta School of the Arts — across from town park in La Veta. For more information call 719-742-5193, email, or visit our website at, where you can also register. Cost of the class is $75 (plus a $20 lab fee for all supplies, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.) Students must enroll for either Saturday, or for Sunday.


Making their Mark: Women Printmakers show at MOF

WALSENBURG — The Museum of Friends is pleased to announce a new traveling exhibition from the Polly and Mark Addison Collection on loan from CU Boulder, Making their Mark: Women Printmakers. This exhibit is on view from July 6 through October 5. Please join us for a unique celebration event on Saturday, July 13, 5 to 7 pm with music by Barry Lyons and light refreshments provided by Go Ask Alys Catering. Public programs at the Fox Theatre Women Artists Film Series dates and times in September to be announced at and


Moors & McCumber fundraiser at the Merc

LA VETA — Moors and McCumber will per- form Saturday, July 13, 7 pm at the La Veta Mercantile. Ten years ago, two gifted musicians met and found what they hadn’t known they were looking for: an incredible duo. Since then, Moors and McCumber have been cultivating the roots of their musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumentals. A modern-day version of Simon & Garfunkel or Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

This concert is a fundraiser for the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival. $18 in advance, $20 day of show


Sunset & full moon hike

CUCHARA — The popular Sunset/Full Moon hike will be held Monday, July 15, 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. All hikes meet at the Cuchara Community Center. Bring lunch, rain gear, and appropriate shoes.

This is a popular hike when the weather permits. We often get rained out since the hike is in the afternoon/evening. On the Full Moon hike, we hike to the tree line of West Peak. Once we get to the tree line we watch the sunset and the moon rise from a wonderful vantage point. After the moon rises, we carefully walk back to Cordova Pass. Please make sure you wear warm clothes, bring a flashlight and a dinner. It is a fun and different evening for all! More Information:


BLM meeting for ECRMP

WALSENBURG — This is a reminder for the meeting Monday, July 15, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Washington School Auditorium, 201 E. 5th Street. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be there to present their draft con- clusions for the Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan (ECRMP). This is the fourth meeting since 2015 seeking public input from Walsenburg and surrounding areas. The last Resource Management Plan was from 1996, so these plans impact many years into the future. Attendees can comment on the draft of the end product. For example the BLM manages coal that underlies residences and open land in Huerfano County. Outdoor enthusiasts are also affected by the ECRMP. BLM employees have put forth tremendous effort, and for that alone the public has an opportunity to express interest by attending.


Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Prevention (SPAWP) meeting

WALSENBURG — There will be a SPAWP Firewise/HOA meeting Wednesday, June 17, 2 pm to 3:30 pm, at Lathrop State Park Conference room. David Poletti, CSFS La Veta Forester, will provide updates on the Firewise USA program. Local Firewise Leaders will talk getting started as well as successful community projects. SPAWP Grants Committee Chair, Janna Laudato, will discuss upcoming proposals for fuel mitigation and fire recovery and how all local communities can participate in SPAWP grant applications.


Vision, Purpose & Presence nature/yoga

LA VETA — Join us for a day of yoga, body awareness, horses for non-riders, nature and good food in an uplifting environment on Sunday July 21, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. This re- treat day will be led by yoga instructor, Ruth Heal and Horse and Human Development trainer, Kim Seng. It is being held on private land 10 miles north of La Veta surrounded by majestic mountains. The day will include a yoga practice suitable for all levels, time spent with gentle horses, an opportunity to clarify and set intentions and goals, and to connect with nature and other like-minded individuals. There will be a delicious homemade lunch with locally sourced ingredients. The cost for the retreat is $75.

To reserve your place please contact Ruth at or 415-233-2632 or Kim at or 719-989- 0466 by Friday July 19. A $25 deposit will be required at the time of booking.


Horsemanship Clinic

LA VETA — Come join us Saturday, July 20, 9 am to 4 pm at the Huerfano County Fair- grounds, 401 Moore Ave. for a horsemanship clinic for all ages. The schedule is: 9 am- Colt starting and problem solving. 12 pm-Free Lunch*. 1 pm- Basic horsemanship. Prices are: 13+ years $15; 6 – 12 years $5; 0 – 5 FREE! *Free lunch is provided for spectators and participants while supplies last.

Ben Lard has been training horses for over 15 years. His gentle technique and ability to understand horses is something every- one, equestrian or not, is sure to appreciate! He is passionate about helping others improve their relationship and communication with their equine partners. He is a firm believer that there is no end to what we can learn and improve upon! Come with questions and a desire to learn more!

If you are interested in participating, please email for more information! We’d love to have you!


Territorial Daughters meeting at Uptop

UPTOP — Join the Southern Chapter of Territorial Daughters for their July meeting on Saturday, July 20, at noon. We will be meeting at Uptop on Old La Veta Pass. The program will be on the history of Uptop and the efforts to save the historic site during the 2018 Spring Fire. A tour of the historic buildings will follow the program.

Please bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic at this beautiful historic site! RSVP by Wednesday, July 17.


3 on 3 basketball

WALSENBURG — A 3 on 3 tournament will be held Saturday, July 20, 8 am to 6 pm at John Mall High School. Two age groups: women’s and men’s teams – incoming freshmen to adult ages and Junior High – 6th to 8th grade. $100 entry per team; 5 person limit.

To register contact Coach Lamberson, 719-941-4135 or 505-850-4527 or email

A release must be signed. You may fill out the day of the tournament.


Warriors Football sign ups

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Warriors Football sign-ups for 2nd – 6th grade will be held Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, July 27 from 10 am – 12 pm at the City Park. Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and the $60 entry fee. Please feel free to contact head coordinator Veronica at 719-242-1732.


Francisco Fort Days~Celebrate La Veta’s origins

LA VETA — Francisco Fort Days will be Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. Two days of music, dancers, historic programs/presenters, paranormal research results, arts and crafts vendors, food, duck races, adobe brick making workshop, family fun and games…all at Francisco Fort Museum, 306 S. Main Street.

Featured Performers and Presenters are: Smythe and Taylor, on the Francisco Plaza Stage; Singer/Songwriter/Novelist Jon Chandler at the La Veta Mercantile, 7 p.m., June 20*; The Celtic Orphans; The Ramblin’ Rangers; Museum Paranormal Research Results by PRISM Paranormal; Ken Saydak in the Plaza Spur Saloon; The Crooked Hook Blacksmith; Ken Frye & Becky Donlan discussing – “Native American Ceremonial Areas of the San Luis Valley; and many, many more!

Francisco Fort is Colorado’s only original adobe fort still standing.

Hours are: Saturday 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. For more info call: 719- 742-5501 or go to:

Admission to the museum and all events are free this weekend, except those with an *

Chandler will be sharing his family’s local history and signing books at The Fort on June 20. *His evening performance at the La Veta Mercantile is a ticketed event.


Silver Spurs Ranch Annual Meeting and Picnic

WALSENBURG — The 2019 Silver Spurs Ranch Property Owners Association Annual meeting, will be held on Saturday, July 20. The meeting will be held at the Historic Fox Theatre 715 Main Street. (Handicap access avail- able). You will be receiving your proxy forms in the mail soon along with the RSVP for the picnic afterwards.

Following the meeting there will be a picnic on the Ranch at Bonnie Gallagher’s home. Bonnie is lining up some yard games and other fun things to do.


Blues on deck

CUCHARA —For 20 years Claude and Michele Appel have hosted many house concerts that many of you have either heard about or attended. This year they are hoping to bring more people up to enjoy the music by having a concert on the old Baker Creek Restaurant deck! Saturday, July 20, 2 pm there will be an Outdoor House Concert at Cuchara Mountain Park.

Performing will be Chicago great, Ken Saydak and Lucious Spiller, the 2014 #1 in the USA and #2 in the world at the Memphis International Blues Challenge. After watching and performing with Lucious, blues great Bo Diddley exclaimed, “I done played with a bunch of musicians all over the world. But, son, you got it!!”

Bring your camp chair, picnic, beverage of choice and enjoy a Cuchara afternoon listening to some great licks and lyrics! In case of inclement weather the concert will be moved inside the restaurant – which the new owners have worked diligently this past winter to restore. Call Michele at 719- 989- 1023 to purchase your tickets and arrange for delivery or better yet – for more information about the artists and to purchase by credit card visit to purchase an e-ticket!!!

Gardner’s Friday potlucks

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


Huerfano Republican BBQ and Raffle

LA VETA — The Huerfano County Republicans are putting on an old-fashioned BBQ Saturday, July 27, 5:30—8:30 pm at the La Veta Fairgrounds, 499 Moore Ave. in La Veta. The event will be catered by La Plaza Inn, with live music by Syd Masters & The Swing Riders. Radio personality and former FEMA director Michael Brown is the featured speaker. The cost is $40 per person. Tickets are available at or from any member.

The group is also raffling off two rifles (1st place is an engraved Henry .44, 2nd place is a .22 LR, and 3rd place is $100 cash). Prizes subject to eligibility requirements. Raffle tickets can be purchased on this same website. Or talk to any Republican committee member.



Autism support group meeting tonight

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Autism Aware- ness Chapter will hold their monthly support group for families with a loved one with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Developmental Delay Thursday, July11, 6 to 8 pm at the Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Avenue. A complimentary dinner is served sponsored by Shandy Clinic. There will be a presentation followed by round table discussion.


Apishapa Valley Heritage Center summer hours

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center in Aguilar is completely moved in to their new location, 132 Main Street, and very happy to share with you or your group, our collection of local history and photos. See our historic location and plans for the future. Our regular hours are 10 am to 2 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays.

We rely on volunteers to stay open and volunteering gives you plenty of time to read stories of past residents, ledgers with invaluable information for your ancestry research and much more. Call to set up an appointment at your convenience if our hours don’t work for you. Call Pat 719-846-7217.


Music on the Lawn at THM

TRINIDAD — Enjoy free live music on the west lawn of the Bloom Mansion at the Trini- dad History Museum, 120 S Chestnut St., every other Friday during the summer at 6 pm. Food and drink available for purchase. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket!

This Friday, July 12 the performing group is the Apache Creek Fiddlers, a local musical group which plays fiddle in a traditional style. For more information call 719-846-7217.


SCRT presents “The Last Five Years”

TRINIDAD — A musical love story “The Last Five Years”, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown will open at the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre Friday, July 12, 7:30 pm. This play is directed by James F. Bruenger III. This two-person tale follows two young and ambitious New Yorkers. Cathy is an actor. Jamie is a writer. They fall in love and dive head first into a relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

This show is a musical offering an intimate look at love with mild adult themes.

Friday, July 12 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 13 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 20 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 21 2:00 PM
Sunday, July 28 2:00 PM
Sunday, August 4 2:00 PM
Friday, August 9 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 17 7:30 PM
For more information: or 719- 846-4765 or


9th Annual Mt Carmel Health, Wellness, & Community Center Festival

TRINIDAD — The Mt Carmel three day festival offers something for everyone! Come enjoy the fun!

The Schedule of Events:
•Friday July 12th 2019 Train Rides: 4:00- 8:00pm; Kids Games: 4:00-8:00pm (Garden Room) Vendors: 4:00-9:00pm; Illusions Dance: 4:00 -4:30pm; (Facebook: @ IllusionsDanceStudioLLC); Magic Show: 4:30-5:30pm; Bingo: 6:00; Cappton Reid : 8:00-11:00pm (Facebook:@CapptonReid). • Saturday July 13th 2019 Train Rides: 4:00-8:00pm; Kids Games: 4:00-8:00pm (Garden Room); Vendors: 4:00pm-9:00pm; Colorado Springs Conservatory Youth Production: 4:30-5:00pm (chapel); Dance Connection: 5:00 -5:30pm; Dynamix Band (Tejano): 5:30-8:15pm; Whiskey Creek: 8:30 -11:30pm.
• Sunday July 14th 2019 Pasta Dinner: 11:00am-2:00pm; Adults dinners are $12; Seniors & Children (under 8) $8.


CBTS Tournament III

TRINIDAD — Colorado Bassin’ Team Series will be holding a NBAA Team Bass Tournament Saturday, July 13, 5:15 am at Trinidad Reservoir. The tournament will start at safe boating light and run until 3 pm. This will be a keeper tournament with the weigh-in beginning at 3:30 pm. A keeper Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted) will be determined by local and state fishing regulations. For more on tournament rules and regulations please visit Contact Adam Milicia for more information: Cell: 201-400-1485, BUS: 719-418-6728, Email:


Spur of the Moment at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Spur of the Moment band will perform for a dance Saturday, July 13, 8 pm to 12 am at the Spanish Peaks Inn. There is a $5 cover charge.

The Inn offers Thursday and Friday night food specials, and Taco Tuesdays. Spanish Peaks Inn also has lodging and RV spaces. For more information call 719-941-4288.


TLAC monthly luncheon

TRINIDAD — You are cordially invited to the July 2019 Chamber Luncheon on Wednesday, July 17, 12 pm at TSJC Pioneer Rm. in the Sullivan Center. The sponsor for our July luncheon will be Trinidad School District.

The Menu: Hamburger bar: Cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, Pico de Gallo and condiments serve with Ranch Beans, potato salad, rolls & butter and Peach Cobbler for dessert. Please send your RSVP through email to, or You could also contact the office to RSVP at 719-846-9285.


Carnegie Nostalgic movie

TRINIDAD — The next nostalgic movie night at the Carnegie Library is Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 pm. The movie is “House of Games,” David Mamet’s first film which is all about con men, card sharks and psychiatrists! This is a free event.


Annual Quick Draw at THM

TRINIDAD — The annual “Quick Draw” benefit for Mitchell Museum, Trinidad History Museum will be held Saturday, July 20, 10:30am. Artists will start painting at 10:30 am and will finish at 11:30 am. Live auction will follow at 12 pm. This is a wonderful event and open to all ages. It’s a chance to watch a work of art being created right in front of your eyes. The AR Mitchell Museum is located at 150 E Main Street.


Feast Of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

TRINIDAD — The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner will be held Sunday, July 21, 11 am to 2 pm at the Mt Carmel Health, Wellness, & Community Center, 911 Robinson Lane. Tickets are on SALE! Contact us at 719-845-4880 to buy yours! $12. Adult Ticket and $8. Senior / Child Tickets.


Las Animas County Fair

TRINIDAD — The 2019 County Fair will run from Monday, July 22 through Sunday, July 28 at the LAC Fairgrounds, 2200 N. Linden. The following events are open to the public to view or participate:

Monday, July 22,

9 am – Horse Show, Expo Center
12 to 6 pm – Art Show Drop-off entries
Tuesday, July 23-Exhibit Day, Expo Center
9 am- Farm Mechanics Show, Expo Center
6 pm – Fashion Review and Award, Trinidad Middle School Auditorium
Wednesday, July 24,
3 pm- Rabbit and Poultry Show, Barn/Pavillion
5:30-6:30 pm – 6th Annual Baking Contest,
LAC Fairgrounds Event Center, $5 per entry, Open to the pub- lic to enter entry application on Las Animas County Fair FB page drop off at 5:30 pm
6 pm – Hog Show, Pavillion
Thursday, July 25,
10 am to 8 pm – Family Fun Day!, Fairgrounds- Laser Tag, Es- cape Room Petting Zoo, Games and More
10 am- Sheep Show, Expo
1 pm- Dog Show
5 pm, Cattle Show, Expo
Friday, July 26 ,
12:15- Youth Cornhole Tournament registration, Tournament at 1 pm, $10 per team
4:30 – 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament registration, open to the public to enter. Tournament is at 5:30 pm. Sponsored by Las Animas County Fair, $30 per team at the door, $25 in ad- vance, cash payout top 3 teams, contact John Terry or 858-692-3499 to enter. Flyer on Las Animas County Fair FB page
4 to 5 pm – Entries for Chili Cookoff, open to the public, judging 5 to 5:30 pm, tasting and awards, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
8 pm – Dance featuring Cappton Reid, Expo, tickets are $10. Saturday, July 27,
7am – Pancake Breakfast
9 am – Round Robin, Expo
10am to 3pm – Blood Drive, Expo
10:30 am to 4:30 pm- Family Fun Day!, Fairgrounds
5 pm – Market Sale
8 pm – Dance Featuring Whiskey Creek, Expo, tickets are $10.



RPOA Co-Ed Softball Tournament

RATON — The annual Raton Police Officer’s Association Co- Ed Softball Tournament will be held Saturday, July 13, 8 am to 12 pm at Bonahoom Park, E 4th Street. USSA rules will apply. Also on the agenda is a home run derby, 50/50 drawing, and concession stand. The entry fee is $150 per team. For more information call 575-445-2704


Walk with a Spry 70 something!

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, July 13, 9 am. Join Marthann Thompson to hike Climax Canyon Nature Trail. This is a moderate to strenuous walk. 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.


Springer Community yard sale

SPRINGER — Springer will host a Community yard sale Saturday, July 13, 9 am to 3 pm at Springer Museum Park. There will be no set up fee! “Let’s all get together and sell our stuff!”


Services at Johnson Mesa Church

JOHNSON MESA — It is time for Sunday worship at the Little Rock Church on the mesa. This week, Sunday, July 14, the message will be delivered by Jack Walton of Raton. The services for June 30 through August 4 will all begin at 2:30 pm. The annual picnic will be held on August 11th and will begin with a potluck meal at noon.


Shuler Theater Presents ~ Children’s Production of “Robin Hood”

RATON — If you love theater please join us in the fun Thursday, July 18, 7 pm at the Shuler Theater, 131 N. 2nd Street.

Sara Kowalski is the contact person. The performances will be scheduled July 18th to July 20th. The cost is only $5 seat and there are $35 ticket packages for families!


Raton RMEF Banquet

RATON — The New Mexico Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will have their annual banquet/fundraiser Saturday, July 20, 5 to 10 pm at Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd. For tickets give Ira a call at 575-707-0250 or go online at: The mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.


MCMC fundraising sale

RATON — Come to the Miners Colfax Medical Center lobby on Thursday, July 25 from 7 am to 4 pm, and Friday, July 26 from 7 am to 3 pm for a Masquerade jewelry and accessories $5 fundraising sale. All proceeds will benefit the MCMC Auxiliary.



Free cultural art education classes

LA VETA — The Francisco Fort Museum and the Huajatolla Heritage Foundation are delighted to announce FREE cultural art education classes! “Dreamcatchers- Part II”will be the class this Friday, July 12. Classes will be held at the fantastic Francisco Fort Museum every Friday.

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


Earn a Junior Ranger badge at Lathrop

WALSENBURG — On Saturday morning, July 13, the park naturalist will host an activity called Rare Sightings. This is a family fun activity that involves solving picture and word puzzles to find the names of hard to find crea- tures at Lathrop State Park, followed by a naturalist talk. The activity includes a short walk on a segment of the trail. The presentation will begin at 9 am at the Piñon Camp- ground Amphitheater.


La Veta Library summer program

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


Fridays For Fun

LA VETA — New topics each week. All classes are designed for school-aged children. Younger children are welcome with an adult caregiver. All materials are supplied by LVSA. Scholarships are available. Classes are $15 at the door or $10 if you pre-register. Call 719-742-3421 or register online at


Friday art lab at Museum of Friends

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

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


Youth fitness summer bootcamp

LA VETA – Two Peaks Fitness is offering a fitness bootcamp every Saturday June 1 through August 10, 9 am-12 noon. The bootcamp is for ages 13-18 and includes High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Cardio, and Nutrition Education. There is no cost to participants! The camp is led by a certified personal trainer. Register at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St, 719-742-3555.


SPL summer reading program

WALSENBURG — The upcoming programs for “A Universe of Stories” are: Friday, July 12, 10:30 am, Dianne Hanisch presents a program about NASA and the Apollo program, from her years of working there. Throughout the program children can earn prizes for reading and coming to library programs. For information call Ms. Sherry at the library at 738-2774 or email her at You can also visit us on Facebook at Spanish Peaks Library District.



HOH: Time Travel! Homesteading

TRINIDAD —Time Travel! Homesteading will be the topic for the camp beginning Monday, July 15, 9 am ·Before modern conveniences, life was day-to-day life was difficult. How difficult? Find out! This week focuses on learning the different skills homesteaders had to have to survive a long time ago. This includes things like butter churning, candle making, building with adobe (weather permitting!), and more!

Lunch, snacks, and all the supplies are included. Weather permitting, students will spend at least an hour outside. Please ensure your children bring close-toed shoes with them. THM will provide sunscreen and bug spray, but if there is a specific brand that your child needs, you must provide it.

This camp is open to students in grades 1-8 at the cost of $85/week. Discounts available for THM and History Colorado Members, families enrolling multiple children, and paying tuition in full before the start of camp. We also have scholarships based on household size and income.

Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Abigail at or call 719-846-7217.


A week of music at Mt Carmel

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel brings you the Colorado Springs Conservatory: a week of musical and theatrical arts free instruction for children 8 to 12 years old. July 15-20 from 9-4 with a special public performance at the Mt.Carmel Festival July 20 @ 4pm.

There are only seven spots left so sign up today, first come first serve! Call Ashel DiPaola 719-845-4877 or Noreen Perri 719-845-4875


College for kids

TRINIDAD — TSJC is offering summer workshop series for ages 7 to 11 on three dates: Wednesdays, July 18, and July 25. Students can sign up for morning or afternoon sessions or for both. Lunch is provided for the all day kids. They are free, but a $5 donation is appreciated. Sessions are limited and fill fast. Registration information for all sessions at:

Topics for each date are: July 11- Discovering Dinosaurs and Cosmetology; Colorado Archaeology and Stitch it!; July 18- Water rights and Trinidad History; Robotics and Cosmetology; July 25-Rockets & Art Cars; Basketball!


Girls in the Outdoors

TRINIDAD — Register for one, two, or all three sessions! This series is FREE! you must register by emailing or by calling/texting (719) 422- 3089. You will then receive a more in-depth registration form via email. This series is for ages 10-14. No experience necessary!

In partnership with Trinidad Lake State Park, Trinidad History Museum & The Purgatoire Watershed Partnership.

Saturday, July 13th 8am-12pm Trinidad History Museum; Power & Story. For more information call: 719-422-3089


Nutritious lunches for kids and teens

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


Carnegie reading & youth programs

TRINIDAD — The 2019 summer reading program theme is “A Universe of Stories!” and will run from Wednesday, June 5 through Wednesday, July 24. Register anytime May 28 until July 17.

There are events scheduled for the younger set, ages 4 to 12 years old and for the older group, 11 to 18. Some of the events are for all age groups. The last two events are: Wednesday July 17, 1 to 3 pm at the Community Center, Trinidad Middle School Science Instructor, Lisa Glorioso will show you some cool science. Then on Wednesday July 24, 5 to 7 pm at the Community Center is Celebration Day; Closing ceremonies and Pool party!

Team reading through the program: we’ll give you a log to track your reading, and we’ll list activities you can do to win prizes. We’ll keep track of total reading time for all kids in the program, and, if we meet our total reading goal, the library will add something great to the children’s area down- stairs!

Every year, Trinidad kids look forward to the library’s summer program. This year’s theme commemorates 60 yearsof space exploration by humans on this tiny planet. We’ve scheduled a great series of events, all free of charge. For more information: 719-846-6841


Aguilar Library summer reading

AGUILAR — The Aguilar Public Library is proud to present a four week, once a week, summer activity and learning/reading program, focusing on this years theme “The Universe of Stories” honoring the 1969 landing and walking on the Moon. There are events scheduled for two age groups as well as the community and surrounding areas.

Opening Day Kick Off-Thursday, July 11, 12 to 1 pm. Meet and greet lunch at the Library for both age groups, 4 to 16 years then proceeding to the Aguilar Community Center at 1 pm for Ann Lincoln presents “Magic is from Mars Juggling is from Jupiter.” The community and surrounding areas are welcome to attend this free and fun event.



Springer summer reading program

SPRINGER — School’s out for the summer, so it’s time for a seasonal classic activity for the kids: a summer reading pro- gram! School-age children are invited to come to the Fred Macaron Library in Springer all summer long to participate in the program. Librarian Norma Vigil is excited and hopes all the children of the community come to take part in this free, fun summer activity! The program runs Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 11 am, until July 25. The library is located at 600 Colbert Ave.


Summer story hour ~ Johnson Library

RATON — The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Park Ave., presents “A Universe of Stories” Summer Story Hour, each Wednesday morning, 10 am through July 31. Preschool through 3rd grade. (There will be no Preschool Story Hour for the weeks of June 5th and June 12th.) Blast off with stories, crafts and handouts! Earn library dollars to spend the The Launch Pad for prizes!


Cimarron summer reading

CIMARRON — Cimarron Library’s Summer Reading Pro- gram, themed “A Universe of Stories” is for all youth (grades K – 12). The library will have activities Fridays, through July 26 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. There will be good reading, tasty snacks, and planned activities for the attendees!


RHA free breakfast and lunch program

RATON — Raton Housing Authority would like to announce the participation in the Summer Food Service Program! The free lunch and breakfast program goes through Friday, August 7. Please join us at the following locations for free lunches for all children ages 1 through 18! Meals will be served Monday through Friday, however, no meals will be served on Thursday, July 4 due to the holiday.

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

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

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