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Plan now 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 setup their own tables/booths in Walsenburg, La Veta, Cuchara, Aguilar, Trinidad, Stonewall, and Weston. Please contact Beckie 303-419-0694, email to or go to the www.highway- for more information.



Peach fundraiser for SCCY

WALSENBURG — Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth 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 pro- grams 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.


Peach fundraiser for La Veta United Methodist Church

LA VEtA — Delicious, #1 Palisade peaches will be available again this summer. La Veta United Methodist Church is proud to serve the communities of Cuchara and La Veta in managing peach orders for 2019. We are currently receiving pre-orders; 10 lb. box – $20 ($5.75 for Outreach, tax deductible). Orders must be in by Saturday, August 3. Pickup date will be Sunday, August 18. Any orders not picked up by Tuesday, August 20 will be considered a donation and provided to the veterans home in Walsenburg. When filling out your form, please make sure to include your name, phone and email address. All preorders must be accompanied by cash or check. The form published in today’s paper may be clipped out and mailed as indicated to ensure receipt of your order in August. Should you have any questions, visit our website at


Texas Rex & Kobetich at Deerprint

LA VEtA — Come out Wednesday, July 3, 6 pm to Deerprint Wine when two members of our favorite “Skunk Grass” band, Boxcar Bandits, will be performing new solo and collaborative material. Between these two we will be entertained with Blue- grass, Swing, Country, Eastern, and Rock!


Cuchara’s annual 4th of July Parade and street party

CUChARA — As always the parade will start at 11 am, Thursday, July 4. There will be music on the street as well as barbecue lunches available directly after the parade. Kids games begin at 12:30 pm, this event is located in the park across the bridge on Main Street. The Miniature Golf tournament at the Bears Den starts at 1:30 pm and the Corn Hole Tournament at the Dog Bar starts at 1:30 pm. Participants in the tournaments must register at least one hour ahead to qualify.


Walsenburg 4th of July Block Party

WALSENBURG — Bring the family to Heritage Park on Main Street for a Independence Day block party! The family fun be- gins at 11:30 am and will end at 4 pm. There will be burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream from community vendors, or bring your own picnic food. A jousting arena with games, a bounce house, giant slide ring toss cornhole and more will be set up. Lots of fun for all ages: a kids’ bike decorating contest and parade, best pie contest, face painting, and bands. At 5 pm there will be music by Dynamix and Kurt Corsair with food trucks, vendors, and a beer garden!


4th of July & weekend at Lathrop

WALSENBURG — The Atzlan Southwest Dancers return to Lathrop State Park on July the 4th. As always the group will entertain and educate Lathrop visitors with a mix of stories, dance, drumming and history. This is presentation should not be missed. The program will precede the fireworks display and begin at 7:30 pm at the northeast corner of the Martin Lake boat ramp parking lot.

Friday, July 5, Christa Penn presents Colorado Carousels, a program about the story of Colorado’s historic and modern carousels and where one can go to ride them; told through colorful and lovely images. This presentation will begin at 8:15 pm at the Visitor Center.

Saturday morning, July 6 families can have fun taking part in the Code Breakers Hike. Participants will take a short hike along the trail to find clues to decipher a coded message. The activity will begin at 9 am at the Piñon Campground Amphi- theater.

Saturday evening, July 6, 8:15 pm at the Piñon Camp- ground Amphitheater geologist Brian Penn returns with his educational and entertaining presentation about the geology of the Spanish Peaks region. In the event of rain, the Saturday evening presentation will be moved to the Visitor Center.

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


4th of July Fireworks at Lathrop

WALSENBURG — Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, in collaboration with Lathrop State Park, will be hosting this year’s 4th of July Fireworks show Thursday, July 4, at dusk. This year’s Fireworks Display will be shot off over Martin Lake. This should be an awesome show this year! Be sure to enjoy the many county wide events scheduled during the day to celebrate our independence. Plan to finish the day with a fantastic fireworks display over Martin Lake! Parks passes are required.


Spanish Peaks Music Festival July 5 – 6

LA VEtA — The annual music festival in La Veta is a 2 day party Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6. Friday’s line up is a night of Blues featuring Ken Saydak with The Delta Sonics, Al- buquerque Blues Connection, and Jack Hadley Band. Saturday, July 6 is Country Music Day with Cappton Reid, Exit West, Charley Jenkins, Bri Bagwell and Country Entertainer, Cody Johnson!

Go online and purchase your tickets for this years concert:


Independence Day Parade and Push Boat Race

LA VEtA — Don’t miss the Parade and boat race on Main Street Saturday, July 6, 10 am. Want to participate? Floats by individuals, organizations, agencies, civic, church, and school groups are welcome. Email if you would like to enter in the parade.

This year’s parade theme is “Life is a Beach” and will in- clude a race with handmade push boats. All boats must have brakes and steering. For more information or to participate in the boat race, call Jess Howard at 720- 401-8545 or email No charge to be in the boat race or parade. Parade floats organize at the La Veta Schools parking lot (E Garland St) at 9 am, boat entries at 9 am. Organized by the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce. For more info, call 719-742-3676.


16th Annual La Veta Mud Fest

LA VEtA — Come out to the La Veta Mud Fest for good “clean” fun Saturday, July 6, at La Veta County Fairground. Participant registration will be held 8 am to 10 am. The entry fee is $50/class. Spectator admission: Adults – $10, Children 5-13 – $5, Children under 5 are free. The spectator gate opens at 8 am.


44th annual “Art in the Park”

LA VEtA — The 44th “Art in the Park” will be held Saturday, July 6, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, July 7, 10 am to 4 pm. There will be arts and crafts (some old and some new), music, food, and even a wood carving demonstration. Bring the family- it’s free to the public. Let’s show our support for all the vendors who worked so hard in 2018 only to have the event canceled due to the Spring Fire. For more information call 719-890-0132.


Crooked Hook Blacksmith at the Fort

LA VEtA — Francisco Fort Museum is featuring the Crooked Hook Blacksmith in our working forge on Saturday, July 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mike Kernor (aka The Crooked Hook Blacksmith) comes to us from just the other side of the Spanish Peaks near Aguilar, Colorado. He will demonstrate his amazing craftsmanship skills as he creates items from scratch. His works are displayed in galleries around the south- west as well as in the museum gift shop and bookstore.

Be sure to also visit our 1855 historic blacksmith shop, our 1862 adobe fort, the one room 1876 log school house and more at 306 S. Main St. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


Upper Purgatory Hike

CUChARA — The next hike from Cuchara Recreation is Monday, July 8, 9 am to 3 pm. All hikes meet at the Cuchara Community Center, 16500 CO 12. Bring lunch, rain gear, and appropriate shoes.

After meeting at the Recreation Center, we drive up to a 4 wheel drive road between Blue and Bear Lake. This hike is a consistently up hill hike (until we come back after lunch). We take frequent rests so that everyone can keep up and enjoy the hike. For the first section of our travels we follow the jeep road that goes to Trinchera Peak. We break off the jeep road and follow the Purgatory trail down hill for a bit. On this hike we get to hike into another county and see the old log fence marking the boundary between Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Our final destination, off the Wildcat trail, is a beautiful ridge with a great view of the valley and the neighboring mountains. We often see elk herds in this large alpine meadow. It can be cool and windy at our lunch spot atop the ridge so remember to bring layers! The view from this spot is awe inspiring! For more information:


July Care ‘n Share

WALSENBURG — The June Care ‘n Share food distribution for Huerfano County will be Tuesday, July 9, 10 to about 11:30 am at Delaney Hall on E 7th. Bring proper ID and bags or box for food. Food passed out on first come first serve basis. “This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”


Republican meeting

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Re- publican Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 9, 6 pm at La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th Street. All registered Republicans are invited to at- tend. We’ll be making final preparations for our bar-b-que to be held later in July.

After the meeting, please join us for a no- host dinner at La Plaza Inn. Also, come early at 5:30 pm for a meet and greet, and we will see you there.


Historical Society meeting

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be held Wednesday, July 10, 4 pm at the Huerfano Heritage Center, 114 W. 6th Street. The public is cordially invited to attend.


La Veta/Cuchara Chamber

CUChARA — The next meeting of the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce will be Thursday, July 11, 8:30 am at the Dog Bar.


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:


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 ten- sion, 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.


Free sports physicals at the Family Medicine Clinic

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.


Lathrop calendar photo contest entry deadline 7/12

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

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

The contest is open to the general public to both amateur and professional photographers. All photos must be original and taken by the submitting entrant at Lathrop State park. Entries need to be submitted in a digital format no later than Friday, July 12.

Entries can be sent electronically to, or brought in to the visitor center on a flash drive to be down- loaded. With the photo entry, please supply us with the photographer’s name, address, e- mail and phone number. Additionally, a release form will have to completed to allow us to use your image for our 2020 calendar only. Call GOCO Interpreter, Tom Macedo at 719- 738-2376, ext. 6 for more information.


Navajo sand painting

LA VEtA — The La Veta School of the Arts is offering Navajo 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 Navajo sand paint- ing. The morning will be spent learning about Navajo culture and the history of sand paint- ing. In the afternoon, each student will create a sand painting. Through this act, participants will gain a better understanding of Navajo values and find balance in their own lives. Sharona Nova has been an artist her whole life. She has been teaching Navajo Sand Paint- ing, The Art of Dreamcatchers, Scrapbooking, Jewelry, and Steampunk at art centers for the past six years. She is an avid student of the Navajo culture and its 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 LVArt-, 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 http://fox-

For full information see article page 16.


Whiskey Autumn at Deerprint

LA VEtA — Whiskey Autumn will perform Saturday, July 13, 6 pm at Deerprint. Combining jangly surf guitars with psychedelic synths and hip hop beats, Whiskey Autumn blends genre lines to create what can best be described as a surf dream pop sonic utopia. The band’s new album, Modern Doubt, as released on April 12, 2019. The lead single, “Birds That Flew,” was described by 303 Magazine as “… jamming out where your parents don’t know about. This music means to elicit a response, to make the listener feel funky and strange in the best way. Tickets at: and-bistro


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


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). Questions? Call Harlene Michaels, 719-331- 3796. Hope to see you there!


Rendezvous at SPACe

LA VEtA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) proudly announces the opening of the 2019 Western Rendezvous Show, a juried and judged show that includes artists working in all media from throughout the US.

“The show includes artwork for everyone and is probably our best Western art shows” says Carole Kramer, curator for the show. The show will be on display until July 20. In addition to the show, selected pieces from the collection of Ed and Valley Lowrance are also available for purchase. Sales from the Lowrance collection will be donated to SPACe. Summer hours for SPACe are: Tues. – Fri. 11am – 4 pm; Sat. 10 am – 4 pm; Sun. Noon-4 pm



Downtown Trinidad 4th fun

tRiNidAd — Come out to downtown Trinidad for a full day of fun, Thursday, July 4. The schedule is:
11am – Water Parade, Sponsored by Southern Colorado Family Center, Main Street- Post Office to Animas to Cimino Park, Bring water guns and be prepared to get wet. Entry fee is $30 to be in the parade. NO WATER BAL- LOONS. Visit or call 719-251-6509.

12 am to 5 pm – festivities at Central Park- Sponsored by Trinidad Historic Mainstreet. VENDORS WANTED, Kimberly M. Schultz 719-859-1008. $6 Admission for event- will receive stamp for game and Fireworks

Noon to 4 pm – Artocade display
Noon to 4 pm – Corn hole with LAC fair Board, 8 person tournaments every half hour- $10 to enter
Noon to 4 pm – hooper’s Corner Wagon Rides around Central Park
Noon to 1:30 pm – All American Apple Pie Baking Contest DROP OFF pies at Home- town Holidays Tent – Judging at 2 pm, $5 and pie to enter
12 to 12:30 pm – yoga with the triggers on the Baseball Field sponsored by Hot Yoga on Main
12:30-1:15 pm – Bike decorating, bring your bike to the park and decorate it for the Bike Parade
1:30 pm – Bicycle Parade around Central Park 1:30 pm – Cakewalk – 1st Round, sponsored by Las Animas County 4H
2 pm – Apple Pie Contest- $5 a pie to enter- Prizes 1st – $100, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $25
2 pm – Watermelon Eating Contest & Give- away sponsored by Phil Long Toyota of Trinidad
2:30 pm- fireman Spray sponsored by the Trinidad Fire Dept.
2:15pm – Southern Strings Music Contest sponsored by Hometown Holidays
3 pm- Cake Walk, 2nd round, sponsored by Las Animas County 4-H
3 to 4 pm – home Run derby Contest with the Triggers, $3 per time at plate
3:15 to 5 pm – Square dance sponsored by Hometown Holidays
4:30 pm- illusion dancers Pre-Game Performance
4:50 pm – human flag Presentation by Mt. Carmel, Need Volunteers
5:05 pm- trinidad triggers play the White Sands Pupfish- Central Park Ball-field, $6 General Admission
4:55 – National Anthem-performed by the Trinidad Community Chorale
5 pm – 1st Pitch Ceremony

During game, Hot Dog Eating Contest Sponsored by Coal Stove; 7th inning stretch, Trinidad Round UP Association Stick Horse Race around the Bases, dark thirty or after the game, FIREWORKS!!!!! Central Park


THM Band at Trinidad Lake

tRiNidAd — Celebrate Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 6 pm with The THM Blue- grass Band at the Trinidad Lake Ampitheater. We’ll have a fire and S’mores! Bags of fresh popcorn will be available for a $2 donation! The event is free but all vehicles must have a valid Park pass.


First Friday Art Walk

tRiNidAd — Come down to downtown Trinidad Friday, July 5, 5 to 7 pm for the First Friday Art Walk. Galleries participating are: Trinidad Photography Gallery, 319 W. Main; Corazon Gallery, 149 E Main St Ste 1; Market- place Gallery, 149 E. Main Street; and The Gallery at Bachman and Associates Real Estate, 132 E Main Street.


Senior day at Books & More

tRiNidAd — Senior Day will be Friday, July 5 at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street. Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11 am to 4:30 pm.


SCRT presents “Grounded”

tRiNidAd — Friday, July 5, 7:30 is opening night of the play “Grounded”, at Southern Colorado Repertory Theater, 131 W. Main. For ticket information visit, call or email the theater: (719) 846-4765,


El Gancho de Don J.R. Aguilar Adventure Ride

tRiNidAd — Join us for a part of the Explore Las Animas Dirt Series Saturday, July 6, 7 am to 5 pm. Adventure rides are not races. They’re about having fun hanging with like minded people who want to explore and ride hard. Rides are timed, but not for competitive purposes. Again, all roads are open and you must obey traffic laws.

• 7:00 a.m.: Registration / Sign In
• 8:30 a.m.: Warm Up
• 9:00 a.m.: Start
• Finish at Elm Street Train Depot (apx 3:00 p.m.) Followed by dinner (apx 4:00 p.m.

El gancho (on the hook) is Spanish for being at your limit. Those times when if the pace picks up even a tiny bit, you’ll be finished. But luckily, you’ll be inspired by the pioneering spirit of Aguilar town founder. Don José Ramón. Aguilar served in the Colorado House of Representatives in 1881-1882, 1887-1888, and in 1891 he served his first term as county commissioner. He also served as Mayor in 1897-1898 and 1901-1902. Like Aguilar, riders will need every bit of energy to finish off this ride. It’s another one that goes through the remote northern part of the county that sees little auto traffic. Be prepared for several no cell phone zones.

Register for $75. For more info call 303- 775-8486, email, or visit:


Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Spanish Peaks Inn is located in a beautiful setting so enjoy the long week- end and visit the Inn..Join us for a 4th of July potluck from 4 to 8 pm.

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.


RaBa Cinco ~ Simpson’s Rest

tRiNidAd — Join us for a 2 mile Run/Walk up and back down the dirt road leading to Simpson’s Rest Sunday, July 7, 8:30 am. Enjoy spectacular views of Trinidad, Fishers Peak, and the surrounding area while you traverse the roughly maintained dirt course. Approximately 300 ft elevation is gained on the uphill. The course surface is rough but wide. This event is hosted by Run Trinidad and is part of the RaBa Cinco Series. Medals to the top three Male and Female runners and walkers. RaBa Cinco points awarded.

Race course will be open to traffic during the event. No strollers, pets, or headphones allowed during the event. Children must be 10 years old or older to participate. Spectators wishing to cheer on runners at the turnaround on top must be to the top parking area by 8:20 am, and should remain there until event officials declare that enough participants have finished the course that is safe to drive down.

There is special pricing for 10-17 year olds!! The first 30 participants (Run/Walk) will receive T-Shirts. Register at


Wooden boxes class at TSJC

tRiNidAd — Learn the techniques of fine wood working in a week long class Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12, 8 am to 5 pm presented by Southern Rockies Heritage School at Trinidad State Junior College.

This class is for continuing education only, not for college credit.

We will cover hand tool sharpening and use, as well as machine techniques. It will focus on various corner construction, including dovetails, as used to build small display cases, pistol boxes, and fine tools. Students will take home a completed project. The class cost is $300 plus the cost of materials.

To register, contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or


Legal financial planning for seniors

tRiNidAd — There will be a free workshop on financial planning sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Monday, July 8, 9:30 to 11:30 at the Trinidad Housing Authority- 422 E. Main. Please RSVP Jill at 719-372-5985.


Network Council meeting

tRiNidAd — Since the 1st Thursday in July is on the 4th of July we will not be having our Network Council meeting on the Holiday but, instead, will have it the following Thursday on the 11th of July. Enjoy the 4th of July Holiday and we’ll see you on Thursday, July 11 for the Network council meeting.

Come share what’s going on with your organization and hear what everyone else is doing at the next Network Council meeting, at the 2nd floor Community Room of the First National Bank Galleria building. Come be part of the network!


Autism support group meeting

tRiNidAd — The Trinidad Autism Awareness 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 complementary dinner is served sponsored by Shandy Clinic. There will be a presentation followed by round table discussion.


Music on the Lawn at THM

tRiNidAd — Enjoy free live music on the west lawn of the Bloom Mansion at the Trinidad History Museum, 120 S Chest- nut St., every other Friday beginning May 31, 6 pm. Food and drink available for purchase. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket!

July 12: Apache Creek Fiddlers For more information call 719-846-7217.


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

tRiNidAd — The Mt Carmel three day festival offers some- thing 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 (Gar- den 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 (Large- mouth, 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:



Luna to be closed on July 4 – 5

RAtoN — Luna Community College in Las Vegas and its campuses in Mora, Santa Rosa and Springer will be closed on Thursday, July 4 – 5 in recognition of Independence Day.

The college will resume regular hours on Monday, July 8.

Luna’s fall registration is ongoing. The first day of fall classes is Monday, Aug. 19, and the last day to register is Monday, Aug. 26.


4th of July Parade and rodeo

CiMARRoN — Happy 4th of July! There will be a parade and rodeo in Cimarron, Thursday, July 4. The parade will start line up at 8:30 am at the Mini Mart junction of 58/64. The parade will start promptly at 9 am. “A Day in the Wild West” is the theme. There will be prizes 1st place is $50; 2nd is $30, and 3rd is $20. We also need help. To help out or enter call 376-2417, or email us at


97th Maverick Club Rodeo

CiMARRoN — The annual Maverick Club Rodeo begins Thursday, July 4, at 10 am. Rodeo admission is $10, children under 6 are free. To enter, call 575-447-2194, 6 to 9 pm or on site entries July 3 and 4. Entry fees must be paid by 9 am, July 4. Maverick rules apply in all events. Contestant must compete in 3 events and be the high money winner to be eligible for the All Around Buckle sponsored by Rick Enterprises. The stock contractor is 6 x 6 Rodeo.


Fourth of July Parade and fireworks

RAtoN — Raton NM has one of the best Fourth of July fire- works displays in the Southwest. We’ll also be having a classic small town parade–you don’t want to miss it! This year’s theme is Freedom for All! The parade begins at 5 pm.


2019 International Santa Fe Balloon Rally in Raton

RAtoN — Join us for a family-friendly, small crowd, big bal- loon rally! Balloons ascend at dawn and the Kiwanis Club will be serving a pancake breakfast early. The rally will take place at La Mesa Airfield. Free Admission, but bring some money for swag and breakfast! The 2019 Balloon Rally brought to you by Raton MainStreet will be held Thursday, July 4 through Saturday, July 6 at La Mesa Airfield. The daily schedule of events includes Kiwanis pancake breakfasts from 6 to 9 am and Balloon Ascension at 6:30 am. Thursday, July 4 events include music by DJ Teddy Romero from 6 to 10 am, then all day fun on First Street with a parade scheduled at 5 pm. Friday, July 5 there is a pilot competition from 7 to 8 am with music by DJ Teddy Romero from 6 to 10 am. At 8:30 pm there is the Balloon Glow (weather permitting). Saturday, July 6 closing ceremonies will be held at 9:30 am.


Raton Chess Club

RAtoN — The inaugural meeting of new club in Raton will be held Saturday, July 6, 12 pm at the Arthur Johnson Memo- rial Library, 244 Cook Avenue. Come meet organizer Bickley Powell. The library has one chess set; feel free to bring your own set. All skill levels welcome. For more information call: 575-445-9711


“Red, White & Blue Ragtime Revue” by Adam Swanson ~ Shuler Theater

RAtoN — Reminder: the annual “Red White & Blue Ragtime Revue” will be held Saturday, July 6, 7 pm at the Shuler Theater, featuring Adam Swanson, one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including rag- time, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. For more info go to:


Services at Johnson Mesa Church

JohNSoN MESA — It is time for Sunday worship at the Little Rock Church on the mesa. The services for June 30 through Au- gust 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.

July 7 – Message will be brought by Pastor Ed Buerkle, of the Calvary Baptist Church in Raton.


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 in- formation 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!”



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 I”will be the class this Friday, July 5. Classes will be held at the fantastic Francisco Fort Museum in La Veta CO, every Friday. 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 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 — Saturday morning, July 6 families can have fun taking part in the Code Breakers Hike. Participants will take a short hike along the trail to find clues to decipher a coded message. The activity will begin at 9 am at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.


La Veta Library summer program

LA VEtA — Wednesday, July 3, 2 pm at the La Veta Public Library make a 4th of July T-Shirts. Design your own t-shirt to wear on the 4th of July! This program is designed for ages 5 – 11. For more info contact or call 742-3572.


Fridays For Fun: Totem building

LA VEtA — Design and create your own personal totem pole at Fridays For Fun at The La Veta School of the Arts, 105 W. Ryus, La Veta on Friday, July 5, 1 to 3 pm. Kate McCabe will help you choose your favorite animals and symbols to portray yourself and your house. You can also bring objects to place into your totem.

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: Making galaxy t-shirts on Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 am. Then on Friday, July 12, 10:30 am, Dianne Hanisch presenting 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.


Art for Kids-ya gotta have art

LA VEtA — The SPACe 2019 Youth Art Workshop in La Veta is the week of July 8-12, 9 am to noon each day for children who have completed Kindergarten to those entering 6th grade. All materials are provided.

Children entering 1st – 3rd grades will spend the week exploring and creating art. This five day workshop, held at the La Veta School of the Arts, will include two amazing projects. Kids will work with clay on a Fossil and Container project, which includes research looking at fossils, and drawing before working in clay. The second project includes creating Japanese Paste paper, making dynamic patterns and textures. The children will also be learning about symmetry, drawing and collage-the art of using a variety of papers and gluing them to a surface.

Patti Paiz Jones will be the instructor for the 1st – 3rd grade children. She received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in art education and brings 36 years’ experience teaching art to grades 1 – 12.

Young people entering 4th – 6th grades will learn how to create their own video games, under the direction of Rachael Schneider. The workshop will be held at the La Veta High School Media Center, with devices provided by the school.

The fees for the workshops are $55 for the first child, $25 for additional siblings. Ask about fee waivers. Register at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus (The Gallery in the Park) in La Veta or online at Call 719 742-3074 for more information.


Teen art workshop at SPACe

LA VEtA — Young people entering 7th – 12th grades are invited to spend five afternoons July 8 – 12 discovering new ways to create with clay, cardboard, and paper. Projects include 3D paper sculptures and printmaking. The workshop will be held at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus in La Veta from 1 pm – 4 pm. Instructor Patti Paiz Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in art education. She brings 36 years’ experience teaching art to grades 1 – 12.

Fees are $55 which includes all materials. Additional siblings are $25 each. Fee waivers are available. Space is limited, register early! Pick up registration forms at SPACe or register online at the SPACe website: 719- 742-3074 or email:



HOH: Adelante! Explore & Discover

tRiNidAd — History and archaeology are two fields that go hand-in-hand and help us learn about the people who lived be- fore us. This week, July 8 to 12 we will learn about what people who work in these fields do, as well as the important principles involved in these fields. Throughout the week, we will have mysteries to solve that require using historical and archeological skills we’ll learn along the way. Hands on History program re- turns to Trinidad History Museum each week Monday -Friday, 9 am to 3 pm with different topics covered each week.

Lunch, snacks, and all the supplies are included. Weather pending, 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. Con- tact 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 only7 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 11, 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.

Create an eclipse! PLUS collecting micrometeorites;

Mon., July 8 – 1pm to 3pm at the library for kids 11 to 18 years old.
Juggler and juggle ball maker, Jon Norris; Wednesday,

July 10, 10 am to 2pm at the Library for all participants.
CU Science discovery; Wednesday, July 10, 2 to 3pm at

the Library for all participants. 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 downstairs!

Every year, Trinidad kids look forward to the library’s summer program. This year’s theme commemorates 60 years of 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


Kids fishing at Central Park

tRiNidAd — Join wildlife officer Bob Holder on Saturday, July 6, from 9 to 11 am for kids fishing at Central Park. This is a free event, and rods and reels are provided.


Trinidad Lake’s annual summer camp

tRiNidAd — Enjoy archery, hiking, fishing, and many more adventures! Each day will run from 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Lunch will be provided. Only $20 for the entire week with scholar- ships available. For more information call 719-422-3089.

July 9-12 (ages 7-11)


Aguilar Library summer reading program

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 beginning June 19 through July 31. Preschool through 3rd grade. (There will be no Pre-school 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, June 7 – July 26 (except for Friday, July 5th) 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 Schoool.
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.