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Upcoming Events for week of July 2, 2020


Fox Theatre Walsenburg final design plans are here! Cast your vote!

WaLsenBURg — The final design plans have arrived from the team at the CU Denver School of Architecture & Planning. Go to to see the final plans.

When reviewing the presentation, videos, and images, focus on these questions:

1. What programs would you like to see? 2. How should we use the theatre?
3. What kind of space helps facilitate those program ideas?

4. What is your big dream for this community resource?

The flooring, paint colors, materials, and other finishes are temporary examples. No decisions have been made on how the theatre should look (retro, modern, chic, etc). After viewing the designs go to fill out the survey and your opinion will be counted!


Lathrop swim beach open

WaLsenBURg — Great news, our swim beach is now open with appropriate social distancing precautions. #socialdistancing #summerfun #besafe


La Veta Farmers Market today

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


La Plaza Inn celebrates 10th anniversary

WaLsenBURg — Karen Wilson is celebrating the entire month of July for her 10 year anniversary of owning an operating La Plaza Inn & Restaurant, 118 W 6th Street.

Our new July lunch special is Fish & Chips and we’re offering 50% off on all appetizers and cocktails from 4-6 p.m. each day. The July entertainment schedule is awesome!

• July 2 and 3, 6 p.m. we have live music featuring Amy Coffman (Americana).
• July 4, 11, and 17, 6 p.m. there will be live music by Kurt Corsair & Apache Creek Fiddlers (Americana).
• July 10, 6 p.m. enjoy the live music of The Ordinary Two (Jazz, Vocal Harmonies) • July 18, 7 p.m. laugh with the stand-up comedy of Allan Goodwin. Tickets are $5 for pre-sale, $10 at the door.
• July 24, 6 p.m. Kurt Corsair returns with a one man show (Cowboy & Singer-songwriter). • July 25, 6 p.m. enjoy the live music of KneeOn Sisters (Rock, Country, Blues).


Art and craft sale fundraiser

WaLsenBURg — Huerfano Community Bible Church at 601 Leon (behind the Carquest Auto Parts Store) is hosting an arts and crafts sale on Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will aid in support of the Cambodian Community Children’s Home in Phnom Phen. Come purchase something unique and help a worthy cause.


Spanish Peaks Library curbside pickup

WaLsenBURg — Curbside Pickup is now available at SPLD Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Place your holds ahead of time, send your print jobs via email, and library staff will package everything up and bring it outside.

Visit us/curbsidepickup/ or call 719-738-2774 for more information.


Gardner Farmers Market

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

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

For more info: Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or


Cuchara Chapel on line

CUChaRa — This summer please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, July 5, join us as Rev. Don Pike gives the message “Loving Your Neighbor Isn’t Optional” and enjoy special music by Eldaa Royer.


Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market Sunday

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


SPACe announcements

La Veta — SPACe will be opening an Esty store for access to purchasing artwork online. The SPACe website also provides images of artwork in the show. The SPACe Gallery in the Park is located at 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, Col- orado and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm. The artwork for 2020 Western Rendezvous show will be displayed until July 25.


Class of 1965 reunion canceled

WaLsenBURg — The 1965, 55th Class Reunion is canceled due to the uncertainly of the COVID-19 virus. We have classmates flying in who thought it best not to subject the town and people at this time to the potential infection. We are looking forward to rescheduling for next summer.


Pandemic financial assistance for families of kids grades K-12

hUeRFanO — Huerfano Re-1 school district has announced a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) called Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer or P-EBT for short.

This program will provide financial assistance to families of children grades K-12 eligible for free or reduced-price school meals who have lost access to food due to the school closures caused by COVID-19.

The financial assistance will be distributed to eligible families on new or existing Colorado EBT cards. The average P-EBT benefit is $5.70/child per day or up to $279 per eligible child, retroactive to when school closed.

Huerfano School District Re-1 participates in the National School Lunch Program under the Community Eligible Provision, which pro- vides free lunches to all students, meaning all Huerfano RE-1 students grades K-12 may be eligible for P-EBT.

If your family is already participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and possesses an EBT card, the P-EBT benefits will automatically be loaded onto your card within the month of June 2020. If your family is not currently enrolled in SNAP benefits, you must complete an application to receive P-EBT.

Receiving these benefits will not affect your immigration or public charge status. All families who are eligible for P-EBT may receive it, regardless of immigration status. P-EBT is a pandemic emergency benefit based on free or reduced-price school meal eligibility, and similar to other benefits that the Department Homeland Security has stated that it is ex- cluded from consideration in public charge. Household information that is used to determine eligibility is protected under both federal and state data privacy practices.

To successfully complete the P-EBT application, you will need your child(ren)’s State Assigned Student ID (SASID) number. Upon approval, an EBT card with the qualifying amount will be mailed to you.

To access the P-EBT application visit:

For more information about P-EBT, please visit Colorado Department of Human Services’ Frequently Asked Questions For more info, email and a representative will respond.

For more information, contact Tara Burke at or 719-695-0095 to obtain the required SASID information.


La Veta Schools food boxes

La Veta — The La Veta Schools will be distributing food boxes through the summer. If you are not already signed up and have a child or children ages 0-18 and need a food box, please contact the central office. 710-742-6417.


Watercolor workshop at SPACe with Kathy Hill

La Veta — Kathy Hill’s Watercolor Painting Workshop will be held Tuesdays, July 14, 21, and 28 at 9:30-12:30. The fee is $35 with a $5 fee for materials payable to the instructor. Classes are held upstairs at the gallery in the park. Face coverings of your choice are to be worn, and we practice social distancing. We welcome questions, and can be reached at 719 742-3074, or via email at


Free virtual legal clinic

WaLsenBURg — Despite the COVID-19 closures of libraries across Colorado, the Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) clinics will still be held as scheduled. The next clinic will be Tuesday, July 14, 4 to 5 p.m. As a work-around, instead of clinic patrons coming in-person to your local public library (which is closed), the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron’s telephone directly, during the clinic hours, using the phone number provided.

Please contact your Spanish Peaks Library at (719) 738-2774 to be added to the sign-up sheet. Space is limited. Library staff will be checking messages, so leave a message.


Huerfano Republicans meet

WaLsenBURg — Huerfano County Republican Party is gearing up for a very busy election season and WE NEED YOU now more than ever. If you don’t think the very thread of American vitality is hanging in the wings, you’ve not been paying attention to what is going on across the nation and the world. Sometimes, this can be overwhelming, but we need to pinpoint what we can do at the local level. VOTING is imperative. So please join us on Tuesday, July 14 at Republican head- quarters at 511 Main Street or remotely via ZOOM. We will be having a guest speaker going over a very controversial topic, National Popular Vote, which will be on the November ballot. Dennis Lennox, Campaign Manager for Conservatives for Yes on National Popular Vote will be at that location at 5:30 pm to make a presentation and take questions. This is for anyone who would like to attend. Our regular meeting begins at 6 pm in person or remotely.


Tire removal service

hUeRFanO COUntY — If you have piles of tires to be removed or know of tires abandoned that need removal, call the Las Animas-Huerfano Counties district health department at 719-846-2213 and ask about their waste tire removal program.


Diapers and formula available through FEMA

hUeRFanO COUntY — Are you in need of diapers or formula during these uncertain times? We may be able to help. We received a shipment from FEMA of diapers, baby wipes and formula for Las Animas and Huerfano County. No income guidelines or paperwork to complete. We currently have a limited supply of: Size 1 and Size 3 diapers, Size 4/5T Pull- Ups, Overnight Pull Ups (37# to 60#), Baby wipes and Formula, (Similac and Similac Sensitive).

For more info call Huerfano Family Re- source Center (719) 738-2378.


Huerfano 4-H COVID plans

hUeRFanO COUntY — Due to coronavirus restrictions, there will be no “open class” entries at the Huerfano County 4-H Fair this year. The fair is slated for August 5 – 9.

The fair board is in the process of planning the revised county fair. Further details concerning whether the fair will be open to the public and other details will be published when they are finalized.

For questions, call the Huerfano County Extension office at 719-738-3000, ext. 131.


Redskin Open

WaLsenBURg — Have a swinging good time at the Redskin Open Saturday, August 1 at the Walsenburg Golf Course. This is a 4 per- son, 18 hole Scramble with 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $75 per person. Register by Monday, July 27. Lunch is included. $400 hole in one payout sponsored by H & H Services.


La Veta Village food services

La Veta — La Veta Village has two programs to help with food needs during Covid-19 alerts. If you are 60 or older or high-risk, safety-trained volunteers will shop at Charlie’s with your grocery list and deliver to your home. This service is available to anyone in the 81055 zip code or in Navajo Ranch. Con- tact Jonathan at 719-357-7633 or email:

Also, La Veta Village offers a free food pick-up for persons who qualify by income level or because of unemployment. Please register for a box by Wednesday at 5 pm for a pick-up the following Saturday. Email or call Rebecca 719-746-2329.

If you would like to volunteer, call 719- 746-2329. To donate, go to


Book Nook book delivery

La Veta — The Book Nook is happy to announce that the County Health Department has approved book delivery service for La Veta and Cuchara locals. For five dollars you will receive three books of your choice in genre, author, etc. If you are friends with the Book Nook on Facebook, simply leave a message with your information and preferred method of payment. We now have a PayPal account to make secure online payments, or you can leave cash or a check made out to Friend of La Veta Library on your front porch. The books will be wiped down, placed in a new paper bag, and delivered to your doorstep.


La Veta Public Library curbside service

La Veta — La Veta Public Library (LVPL) would like to offer curbside service for our patrons during social distancing requirements. Patrons will reserve library materials online via our catalog, or by calling in. Library staff will retrieve the materials, bag them, label them with the patron’s name, and place the bag on a table setup between the library’s Main Street porches, at the edge of the public sidewalk. Patrons will collect their materials from this table. There will be two times each day when reserved materials will be ready for pickup: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Any unclaimed materials will be brought back into the library building at 4 p.m. The service will run Monday through Friday.


SCCOG Senior Services, Care & Share

hUeRFanO COUntY — The Agency on Aging coordinates food distribution in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties and is provided through South Central Council of Governments. All Agency on Aging programs are for residents 60 years or older, assessments and reservations required. Please make reservations/cancellations one day in advance. Call 719-738-1182 or 719-738-2205 for assessments, reservations, and questions.

Take out lunch meals are provided in Walsenburg Monday through Friday at the Huerfano County Community Center. Also available, homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Walsenburg and Tuesday and Friday in La Veta.



Network Council email sharing send info today!

tRiniDaD — With social distancing guide- lines still in place, we will gather information again this month via email instead of meeting in person.

1. Please send your flyers and/or write ups to us by today, Thursday July 2, and I’ll work to get them back out to all shortly in the email template below.

2. We hope you like the email format that we used last month and will use again this month. Please let us know if you have ideas to help it be organized in a relevant and helpful manner to share information with one another.


Trinidad High School graduation

tRiniDaD — The Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony will be held Friday, July 3, 7 p.m. at the Trinidad High School Football Field. All graduates will be on the field and will be able to invite two spectators to be in the stands. All social distancing rules will be followed. The graduation will be streamed live on YouTube for those who are not able to attend. Please check the website: for the link. Congratulations to the class of 2020!


Aguilar Library curbside service

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


Independence Day Flag Waving

tRiniDaD — Bring a flag and join us at Exit 23/Hoehne Rd/N as we wave “Old Glory” in celebration of our Independence on July 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m.. The flag waving event is hosted by Las Animas County Republicans.


Canvas & Conversation

tRiniDaD — Join us for Virtual Canvas & Conversation Monday, July 6, 6-8 pm, $15 per person. This class is hosted by Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center

Meet new friends, relax and socialize while taking an art lesson. Canvas & paints included. Register below:

You will receive a Zoom Confirmation Email that includes your link to join upon registration. You will be contacted to arrange for payment upon registration.


Trinidad Community Center now open

tRiniDaD — The Trinidad Community Center is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Saturday, CLOSED on Sundays. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the building at one time. No showers will be allowed. A 1.5 hour time limit will apply to all patrons, on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-in before entering and follow posted COVID-19 rules. A plan is being formulated to submit to the Las Animas County Health Department to open the Trinidad Aquatic Center.


Colorado Welcome Center is open

tRiniDaD — The Colorado Welcome Center will be reopen- ing this week. We will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues-Sat.


Apishapa Heritage Center now open

agUiLaR — Apishapa Heritage Center located at 131 E. Main St. is opened for the summer.  Our summer hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Appointments are encouraged. contact information at: or 719-680-1393


Sunday food pantry in Segundo

segUnDO — For those in need during this crisis situation, we invite you to come visit our food pantry on Sundays, 11 a.m. until noon at The Lord’s Chapel Segundo.


Carnegie library online Story Time!

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


Senior Day at Books & More

tRiniDaD — Because of the holiday weekend our Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street, has been moved to Friday, July 10, Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11-4:30.


Free legal help at Carnegie Library

tRiniDaD — While the library is open for curbside service only, you can still sign up for Free Legal Help on Tuesday, July 14, 3 to 4 p.m.. Just call the library at 719-846-6841 to sign up. On the date and time of the event, the attorney will call you during the hour. Please call the library (846-6841) to reserve a time slot.


Mt. Carmel wellness free virtual classes continue including fun kid’s classes

tRiniDaD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center brings you FREE virtual programs and classes to help you remain active and connected during this challenging time. These classes are available to anyone through the Zoom app. You can participate using your computer or smartphone.

See our weekly wellness schedule, followed by instructions to log-in on your computer or call-in from your phone. Get the schedule by signing up for the weekly email at: “Mt. Carmel of Colorado”

Contact Laura at (719) 845-4894 with questions.


Tire removal service

Las aniMas COUntY — If you have piles of tires to be removed or know of tires abandoned that need removal, call the Las Animas-Huerfano Counties district health department at 719-846-2213. We have a waste tire removal program.


Diapers, formula available from FEMA

Las aniMas COUntY — Are you in need of diapers or formula during these uncertain times? We may be able to help. We received a shipment from FEMA of diapers, baby wipes and formula for Las Animas and Huerfano County. No in- come guidelines or paperwork to complete. We currently have a limited supply of: Size 1 and Size 3 diapers, Size 4/5T Pull- Ups, Overnight Pull Ups (37# to 60#), Baby wipes and Formula, (Similac and Similac Sensitive).

For more information and to schedule a pick up, please call: Las Animas County: Huerfano-Las Animas Counties Early Childhood Council – (719) 845-0463.


TSD #1 free summer lunch program

tRiniDaD — The free summer lunch program provides nutritious lunches for kids and teens all summer long. The free lunches will run through Friday, August 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eckhart Elementary School, 1021 Pierce Street. Due to the Covid 19, lunches will be curbside pickup. In bad weather you may pick up lunches in the cafeteria by the double doors where the benches are located. Kids and teens 18 & under eat free; adult Meals $3.75. For more info, call 845-2051or 846-3324


SCCOG senior services, Care & Share

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

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

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

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



Elk’s Thrift Store opens

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


Luna college holiday

spRingeR — Luna Community College in Las Vegas and its campuses in Mora, Santa Rosa, and Springer will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. The college will resume its regular hours on Monday, July 6.


Open Hands Thrift Store ~ Cimarron

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

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


Raton Elks drive-up pancake breakfast

RatOn — Pancakes on the 4th of July are a tradition in Raton. The Raton Elks Lodge, 300 S 2nd, will help our community stay with tradition this year. Please join us for a drive up pan- cake breakfast on Saturday, July 4, 8 to 10 a.m! $6 per plate includes 2 pancakes, 2 sausage patties, and choice of toppings. Just drive up and we will deliver fresh hot pancakes to your care. Enter the alley gong north off Apache ave. Drive right up to the back of the lodge and exit right onto Rio Grande Ave.


Hungry Hearts lunch serving Saturdays

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


Moonlight Hike ~ Capulin Volcano

CapULin — Take a ranger-guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full moon Saturday, July 4, 8 p.m.. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience Capulin Volcano in a new light! Reservations required. Call 575-278-2201 for information and reservations.


The Angel Fire Art & Farmers’ Market

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

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

Commonly found at our market:

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

-Farm fresh eggs
-Local meat and dairy products

-Artisanal bread and baked goods

-Raw honey & much more…

We are asking visitors to take the following precautions:

-Park at least 1 space away from others

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

-Stay at least 6 ft away from others


Summer services at Johnson Mesa

JOhnsOn Mesa — The weekly worship services at Johnson Mesa will run through August 9. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m.. This Sunday, July 5 the speaker will be Albert Hronich, Lay Speaker from Methodist Church in Cimarron, NM. Attendees are encouraged to observe the Covid-19 guidelines of the CDC and our New Mexico governor.

The Annual Picnic will be held on August 16th, and will begin with a potluck dinner at noon, followed with the worship service and an afternoon of fellowship. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.


Capulin astronomy nights

CapULin — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights at Capulin Volcano National Monument, 46 Volcano Rd. The next astronomy night will be Saturday, July 11, 7 p.m. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. All observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the visitor center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes


State Fair canceled

nM — The New Mexico state fair has been cancelled


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Heart Land Art Show

WestCLiFFe — The Sangres Art guild in Westcliffe provides a local opportunity to enjoy art and meet artists over the Fourth of July week- end. “Heart Land Art Show” begins Thursday, July 2 and runs through July 27. The opening reception is Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Come see the art at 3rd St. Gallery, 59000 N. Highway 69, Westcliffe, Thurs. – Mon. 11 – 4.

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