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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 additional information. This is gonna be fun.



Wind farm job fair today

WALSENBURG — Fagen Inc., a heavy industrial contractor, is interviewing with the possibility of on-the-spot hiring for a wind farm construction project located near Walsenburg. Fagen will hold a job fair Thursday, June 13, 11 am to 1 pm at Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue. Applicants are encouraged to bring resumes, but not required. Positions available: tower erectors, ironworkers, millwrights, riggers, and equipment operators.

If unable to attend please visit to fill out an application. EEO/AA/M/F/V/D


Drugs in the community “What do your kids know?” presentations today

WALSENBURG — Come to the Fox Theatre, today, Thursday, June 13, for two free presentations with complimentary appetizers concerning new trends in what children know about drugs. Lynn Riemer, chemist, will have two presentations: 9 am to noon and 5 to 8 pm at the Fox Theatre. These presentations are open to parents, teachers, friends, neighbors, law enforcement, county, and city officials. Reimer will discuss New Trends Kids Know About regarding drugs and paraphernalia. Learn about health effects, potency, products, and laws. Gain understanding of the scope of the drug problem and its effects on our community. For more information contact or 719-738-2650.


Family Game Night at the Mercantile

LA VETA — Join us at Family Game Night Thursday, June 13, 7 pm! Come down to the La Veta Mercantile and have some beer, wine, soda, coffee, snacks, music, and GAMES with your fearless leader, John Costea.


Positive Youth Development (PYD) Training

WALSENBURG — Join Huerfano County Communities That Care (CTC) for an interactive session on increasing youth engagement through principles, policies and practices Friday, June 14, 9 am to 3 pm at Huerfano County Housing Authority, 220 Russell Street. Lunch will be provided. Register today at: For more information contact: Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Departments 719-846-2213.


Leave no trace and Dutch oven cooking at Lathrop this weekend

WALSENBURG — Friday, June 14, 7 pm at the Piñon Camp-ground Amphitheater, Lathrop’s park naturalist will conduct a family program on the Leave No Trace principles. The program includes fun demonstrations, and children who participate can earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Saturday, June 15, 7 pm at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater, interpreter Keri Powers will present Campfire Cooking with a Dutch Oven. Powers will teach about Dutch ovens, and do a cooking demonstration. Plus, attendees will get to taste Keri’s delicious dump cobbler.

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.


Pub Night at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Come get some Pub Grub, and listen to the very talented musicians known as our beloved Celtic Orphans Friday, June 14, 6 pm. Enjoy some adult beverages, soda, tea, coffee, and snackage in a package. FREE!!


La Veta Wildlife Meeting

LA VETA — Join CPW Wildlife Officers for a discussion about “urban” wildlife issues such as resident deer, how to be bear aware, and other topics Friday, June 14, 6 pm at La Veta Community Center, 131 E Ryus Avenue.


Brunch & Learn: “How to Create Buyer Persona for Your Business”

LA VETA — Social Media Breakfast – Southern Colorado’s (SOCO) is excited to announce its inaugural event Saturday, June 15, 10 am to 12 pm at La Veta Mercantile. At this brunch and learn, Jean Downs of Two Mountain Media will guide you through best practices for developing buyer personas, which will help you understand which social media platforms you should use to engage with your customers; locate your customers on – and offline – to find out what they search for, read, and shop for; and offer the right product or service at the right time to help your customers reach their goals. Join us for coffee, conversation, a potluck brunch, and a great learning opportunity!


Art Journaling at LVSA

LA VETA — The La Veta School of the Arts is offering Art Journaling on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16. This class, taught by instructor Ruth Heal, shows students ways of expressing themselves using words, color, images, and collage. It connects participants with their innate creativity and allows them to enhance their life experience with personal growth.

In this course learn simple creative techniques and methods of working that can be used to create a powerful and lasting expression of life and bring clarity around life events. Students will also learn techniques to eliminate blocks to self- expression.

Class 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 or email

Register at our website Cost is $150 for this two-day workshop. A supply list will be provided at registration.


The Wahatoya Cup Endurance event

LA VETA — The Wahatoya Cup-Horseback Endurance event will be held Saturday, June 15 – Monday, June 17 at SoCo En- durance. This event features a 3-day pioneer with fun rides, LDs, and 50s each day. Traditional “Whole Hog Hootenanny” will take place Saturday afternoon with live music. This event will include a 75 and 100 mile option. For more information, please visit


Bob Livingston at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Singer-songwriter Bob Livingston will perform Saturday, June 15, 7 to 9 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Livingston has never been a traditional Texas country musician living the honky-tonk life even though he’s spent more than his share of time on the roadhouse circuit with some of the most colorful and rambunctious musicians in Texas. As a member of Austin’s legendary Lost Gonzo Band, Livingston toured and recorded with such musical visionaries as Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, Ray Wylie Hubbard and many more. Livingston played an integral role in helping to create the music that first earned Austin the designation of “Live Music Capital of the World” and helps explain why he was recently inducted into “West Texas Walk Of Fame”in October, 2018. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 day of show


Sonic Bloom Permaculture Academy

HUMMINGBIRD RANCH — A three-day Permaculture Action Workshop with Ryan Rising of Permaculture Action Net- work will be held Sunday, June 16 – Wednesday, June 19. For the third year, Permaculture Action Network and SONIC BLOOM invite you to spend the 3-days before the festival learning practical skills for regenerating ecosystems and building community at Hummingbird Ranch. Hummingbird Ranch, 732 CR 653 is north of Walsenburg.


Last chance to view “Earth” at MOF

WALSENBURG — Museum of Friends is pleased to announce that in May the museum’s hours increased to: Tuesdays – Sun- days – 10 am until 5 pm and closed on Mondays. Friday Art Lab Ages 5-17 (Adopt a Planter Box with Inter-generational Service Learning) every Friday, from 1 to 3 pm. This art pro- gram focuses on “Service Learning for the Whole Community.”

Please stop in to see the current exhibit and tour the exciting renovations of the Roof and Dick building in process. The current exhibit ends on Sunday, June 16. All works are for sale and we are having a 10% sale off of the price of the works. The next exhibit opens on July 13 with more details to follow.


Experimental Drawing & Painting at the La Veta School of the Arts

LA VETA — La Veta School of the Arts presents Peggy Zehring’s fun, abstract, experimental drawing and painting one week or two week class which will be happening at The La Veta School of the Arts in La Veta, CO from Monday, June 17, through Friday, June 28. Draw with charcoal and then use the images you created unconsciously to unfold abstract paintings. You’ll learn to make your work personal and original. You’ll also learn color mixing, recognizing and capitalizing on your own marks, compositional excellence and much more. All levels of experience are welcome. Cost is $375 a week. For more information or to register call 719-742-3421, or e-mail or register online at


SCCY burrito dinner

WALSENBURG — Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth is having a take out burrito dinner on Monday, June 17. Dinners will be ready for pick up at SCCY from 4:30-6:30 pm. Suggested donation for the meal is $7. Orders can be place on SCCY’s facebook page or by calling 719-738-1573. If no one answers, please leave a message and your order will be placed.


Monoprinting with a Gelli Plate

LA VETA — Learn how to make distinctive designs by mono- printing with Gelli Plates Tuesday, June 18, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm with teacher, Roberta Lutgens at SPACe. All levels welcome. Come prepared for FUN. There is a $30 fee plus $8 materials fee. Advance registration is required. Call 719 742-3074 for information.


Free Stretch Class at the Cuchara Mountain Park

CUCHARA — Join summer resident Lynette Jensen for this opportunity to stretch, relax, and loosen up with neighbors Tuesday, June 18, 10:30-11:45 am. No experience needed. Bring a yoga mat blocks, and a bolster if you have them. There will be some props available if you don’t.


American Legion Post 16 meeting

WALSENBURG — The American Legion Post 16 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16, will meet Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held on the 2nd floor of the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center, 23500 US Highway 160, Walsenburg. All Veterans and their spouses are invited to attend. We will be discussing current activities, including the 100 year Anniversary gathering as well as any future activities. Post Officers for the coming year will also be sworn in. Come and join us! For further information, contact the Post Commander, Gary Baldwin at 719-738-2801.


Upper Huerfano Conservation District Board Meeting

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the Upper Huerfano Conservation District Board meeting will be, Thursday, June 20, 5:30 at 711 Walsen Ave, Suite A. For more information call 719-695-3335.


Huerfano County Dems meeting

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the central committee of the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be held tonight, Thursday, June 20, 5:30 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell Avenue. All Democrats are invited to attend! This is a very important election year, please get involved!


Friends of the Spanish Peaks Library seek retail space

WALSENBURG — FOL Friends of the Library (non profit /Library Fundraising Organization) is currently seeking Retail/Office space for fundraising book sales and other Library activities. We need reduced rent or donated space opportunity with possible Revenue Sharing or Tax write off capability. Please call Dalene 719-738-1184.


Open garden at Gardner School

GARDNER — The vegetable and flower gardens at the Gardner School will be open to the public two mornings a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. The public is invited to plant, weed, water, learn, share in early produce, and have fun. The kids have already planted onions, potatoes, beets, carrots, spinach, cukes, tomatoes and flowers. So, grab your hats and sunscreen and come on down. Everyone welcome. For more information, call Johnnye at 746-2345.


Braiding with Laura Davis at SPACe

LA VETA — Learn the old-fashioned craft of braiding fabric scraps and lacing them together Thursday, June 20, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at SPACe. The $30 fee includes materials. Advanced registration required. Call 719-742-3074 for more information.


Sonic Bloom

HUMMINGBIRD RANCH — Sonic Bloom: The Unified Field festival will return to Huerfano County Thursday, June 20 – Sunday, June 23. Sonic Bloom is a music and art festival that takes place every summer at Hummingbird Ranch, located approximately 30 miles northwest of Walsenburg. The festival not only offers music, but also art, dance, yoga, and workshops. For more information see:


Intro to Agritourism Workshop: How it benefits us all

LA VETA — Agritourism or agrotourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. Learn all about how Agritourism can work for you at this workshop Friday, June 21, beginning at 8 am. Agritourism is a Community Asset which benefits all businesses, not just farm and ranches. This event is free to Spanish Peaks Business Alliance members and only $10 for non-members. Non-members can pay on the day of the event.

Topics covered include: Growing an Agritourism Busi- ness w/ Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University; Producer Panel: Get Insider Knowledge on Operating an Agritourism Business; Weaving it Together: Agritourism as a Community Asset w/ Lois Harvie; Agritourism and Business Liability w/ Kathie Riley, P.C.; Wrap-up & Next Steps


Western Rendezvous Opening Reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The opening reception for the Western Rendezvous show is Saturday, June 22, 5 to 7 pm. The 2019 Western Rendezvous Show is a juried and judged show. Artists working in all media from throughout the United States were invited to submit up to three of their works of art for consideration. A committee of three selected 53 works from 135 submitted pieces to be displayed in the show. Artwork re- flects native American or ranching culture, wildlife, livestock, scenery, structures as well as past and current cultural characteristics of the Rocky Mountain West. Refreshments will be provided and there is no admission fee. For more information, call 719 742-3074.


Annual Women’s Tea

WALSENBURG — It’s time for the Spanish Peaks annual Women’s Tea, Saturday, June 22. Come out to the Outreach and Women’s Clinic to enjoy food, fun, and gifts. Use the time to call the clinic and schedule your annual exam. 719-738-5200


Country star Anita Cochran at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Anita Cochran will be on stage at La Veta Mercantile, Saturday, June 22, 7 pm. Cochran is an American Country Music and Country Music Awards nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1997, she made her debut on the U.S. country charts that year with the release of her first album “Back to You.” It produced the hit single “What If I Said,” a duet with country music artist Steve Wariner. The song won “Best Vocal Collaboration” at the TNN/Music City News People’s Choice Awards. Cochran appeared in the movie “The Dukes Of Hazard In Hollywood” starring as Tom Wopat’s love interest. The movie featured 4 of Cochran’s original songs. Known as a multi-instrumentalist and a female lead guitar player, Gibson Guitar presented her with “Best Female Guitar Player” award. Tom Munch will also perform. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Sponsored by Code of the West, Pueblo Spradley Auto Network, and Rocky Mountain Coors Distributing Company.


Root Down & Move Out

LA VETA — Enjoy a day of yoga, mindfulness, and wild- flowers Sunday June 23, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Join Yoga Teacher, Ruth Heal and Naturalist, Bob Kennemer for a full day experience with yoga, mindfulness and a guided wildflower and herb walk. The day includes a delicious homemade lunch of foraged wild plants and locally grown organic foods. The event takes place on private land north of La Veta, Colorado at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at the House of Streaming Light.

Ruth is a Registered Yoga Teacher with 11 years experience. She has a special interest in mindfulness, meditation, and mood-enhancement. Bob is a professional outdoor guide and naturalist. He is an expert in edible, medicinal and useful wild plants, with more than 40 years of experience. Date: . Cost: $75/person includes lunch, refreshments and handouts.

Registration/Info: or call 415- 233-2632 by Friday, June 21, at noon.


West Peak Treeline Hike

CUCHARA — Cuchara Recreation will do the West Peak Treeline Hike Monday, June 24, 9:30 am to 3 pm. All hikes meet at the Cuchara Community Center, 16500 CO 12. Bring lunch, rain gear, and appropriate shoes. After meeting up at the Recreation Center, we “circle up” at the parking lot of Cordova Pass (formerly Apishapa Pass). We start by following the West Peak trail head. The first part of the trail is mostly flat and is an easy walk in fact, it is a wheel chair accessible trail. After our easy part of the hike, we start doing some climbing. This is done with relative ease, as the trail is filled with switch- backs and we rest often. It is a rewarding climb and a doable hike for people and dogs of all ages. There are some great lookout points along the trail which are a great opportunity to get some pictures of the valley. On our way up we stop and visit an old mine which is a big hit with the kids. Our lunch spot is at the tree line where there is a great panoramic, breathtaking view. You can see volcanos of New Mexico, Trinidad, CO, Blanca Peak near Alamosa, Pikes Peak and the Cuchara River Valley. This is the same hike that we use for our Full Moon hike. More Information:


Tourism, Hospitality, & Retail Sector Partnership formation meeting

WALSENBURG — Please join the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance in a meeting to form a Tourism, Hospitality, & Retail Sec- tor Partnership Monday, June 24, 3:30 pm at Lathrop State Park conference room. Sector partnerships bring together multiple employers within an industry to collaborate with colleges, schools, labor, workforce agencies, community organizations and other community stakeholders to align training with the skills needed for that industry to grow and compete.

This Sector Partnership can help our region: develop a skilled workforce, already trained for our businesses, define community priorities, solve infrastructure or regulatory issues, build a stronger and more stable tourist market. RSVP requested, please email Carl Young at


Special movie encore: “The World at Arm’s Length” at the Fox

WALSENBURG — The Fox Theatre is proud to present “The World at Arm’s Length”, a heart wrenching story of a deaf/blind man’s search for his place ın the world Tuesday, June 25, 7 pm.

For some of us, the desire for self discovery, independence and freedom is so strong that we fight all odds and dream about pilgrimages for decades. In this documentary, we are introduced to an unusual Camino de Santiago pilgrim, Sven. While most of the pilgrims who take on the challenging Camino de Santiago are able-bodied and devoid of any noticeable disabilities, Sven lacks both sight and hearing. He has been dreaming about the journey for a lifetime, and it gets to a point where he simply has to go for it. Unable to do it alone, he turns to those around him for support, and the unerring nature of human kindness shows itself when he is afforded the company of handy assistants.

This is not your typica hero’s journey. It is a film that brings the rawest of human emotions to the fore; from steely determination and the desire to see the world without a filter to anarchy, self-pity, rage and the dark pathways of human debasement. “The World at Arm’s Length” does not shy away from showing mankind at his most vulnerable, most hopeful, most excited, and most primal.


Star Stare in Gardner

GARDNER — Rocky Mountain Star Stare (RMSS), a five-day astronomical event in Gardner, is an annual star party sponsored by the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. This year’s RMSS will be Wednesday, June 26 through Sunday, June 30. Held every summer, RMSS has been one of the nation’s premier star parties for the last 30 years. Located on 35 acres of land, RMSS’s “Starry Meadows” is conveniently located just over two hours southwest of Colorado Springs (just outside of Gardner, CO), between the Sangre de Cristo and Wet mountain ranges, at an altitude of 7,612 feet above sea level. RMSS annually plays host to 350+ amateur and professional astronomers, family and friends. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND:


FCPA presents “Fawlty Towers”

LA VETA — The Francisco Center for the Performing Art is pleased to present “Fawlty Towers”, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, June 27 through June 29, 7 pm; and Sunday, June 30, 2 pm. Tickets are $15 available online at and at La Veta Mercantile. Member discounts apply. “Fawlty Towers” will be presented in two chapters “Waldorf Salad” and “Communication Problems” written by John Cleese and Connie Booth. The play is performed by La Veta-Cuchara’s own collection of Brits, Half-Brits and Nitwits.


Learn basic Navajo weaving

LA VETA — Francisco Fort Museum and Huajatolla Heritage Foundation are offering two weaving classes. Caroline Spurgeon, creator of the much-acclaimed miniature Navajo loom will be teaching a Twining class on Friday, June 28 (a great introduction to Navajo Weaving.) It is a complete class with a finished project at the end of the day, plus the primitive loom that will be yours to take home.

Then Caroline will teach a traditional beginning Navajo weaving class on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30 on the miniature C-Cactus Flower Loom. All the learning techniques are transferable to using a full-size loom if you continue a pas- sion for Navajo weaving. Class size is limited to 8 students! Looms will be provided for use during the class and/or purchase later. All other supplies provided. Advanced registration is required. Classes will be held in La Veta at Francisco Fort Museum. Call Sandy Dolak for details (719-251-1271 or contact


La Veta Gallery reception for watercolor artist Lorraine Watry

LA VETA — The La Veta Gallery on Main is excited to present a showing of the work of renowned watercolor artist, Lorraine Watry. The opening meet-the-artist reception will be Saturday, June 28, 5-8 pm, at the Gallery, 210 S. Main. The show will run through July 23.

Lorraine Watry is a Colorado contemporary realist painter of water-scapes, landscapes, and reflective objects. Lorraine illuminates qualities that often go unnoticed by the casual ob- server and her art is characterized by bright colors, dramatic light and realistic reflections. Lorraine likes the challenge of painting reflections in water and glass and while helping with her son’s high school band she became intrigued with reflections in band instruments.

Lorraine has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Colorado in Boulder with an emphasis in drawing. After college, she designed clip art at a graphics company for several years. Lorraine began working with watercolor 25 years ago. She taught watercolor at Pikes Peak Community College for 3 years. Lorraine currently teaches watercolor and drawing to classes at her studio and at other venues. Lorraine enjoys pass- ing on her love of the watercolor medium to her students.

Lorraine has achieved Signature Status in the National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Society, Colorado Watercolor Society and the Pikes Peak Water- color Society and has paintings juried into many National and International Exhibitions.

Lorraine was recently filmed as a featured artist by “Colour in Your Life” an Australian art TV show. The show aired Nov. 22, 2018 on Youtube & will be sent to over 300 channels around the world.
Website: Youtube watercolor channel: Lorraine Watry



History presentation at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Phillip Arnold Vigil was born in the Purgatoire River valley, San Juan Plaza, Segundo. He lived in many other places during his growing-up and adult years, but he never forgot his Las Animas County roots. In fact, in recent years he has become an important local historian. He has written a number of books covering various subjects concerning the history of the local area, and has generously donated his books to the Library’s History Room.

Vigil’s recent book, History of Education in Las Animas County 1866-1966, is a great addition to his work. Phillip will be at the Library today, Thursday, June 13, 9:30 to 10:30 am. Come and meet Phillip, talk with him about local history, and buy a copy of his new book. I hope to see you there!


TSJC Peace Medal ceremony

TRINIDAD — Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal Ceremony, Presented by Consul General Joon-Yong Park will be held Thursday, June 13,12 to 3 pm at TSJC Pioneer Room. There will be a presentation and lunch. Contact Ray Odem, 719-845-2589 for more information.


Autism support group

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, June 13, 6 to 8 pm at the Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Avenue. Please come and see how Essential Oils changed Linda’s life and her family’s over the last 5 years. Education and free scars available at this event.


Tourism Board 2019 Grant Cycle Announced

TRINIDAD — The City of Trinidad Tourism Board is pleased to announce it is now accepting Grant Applications for the June Cycle of the 2019 Grant funding to be used exclusively for advertising and marketing of tourism events that serve the Trinidad area.

The City of Trinidad Tourism Board is committed to supporting and investing in organizations that provide events which align with the mission of the Tourism Board – marketing for the sustainable development of the industry, an enhanced visitor experience, and an improved quality of life for our residents.

Funding is granted through a competitive application process in four (4) grant cycles annually. Grant cycles begin on March 1, June 1, Sept. 1, and Nov. 1, 2019 and will close on the last day of the respective month at which time no applications for that grant cycle will be accepted.

An organization may submit multiple applications for separate programs/events, however, any funded program/event may receive only one grant per year which runs from March 1, 2019 until December 31, 2019.

Applications and Grant Guidelines can be obtained by emailing or stopping by 309 Nevada Ave.


Kids Grief Counseling Camp

TRINIDAD — Sangre de Cristo Hospice is offering a grief counseling camp for children Friday, June 14, 9 am to 5 pm at Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Drive. The camp is open for children ages 6-12 who have experienced a loss through death. This is a free camp and lunch is provided. There will be activities and games plus swimming from 4- 5pm. To register call 719-846-3060.


Annual Senior Fair

TRINIDAD — In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness month Las Animas County Department of Human Services and South Central Council of Governments are hosting our Annual Senior Fair Friday, June 14, 11:30 am at the Sayre Senior Center, 1222 San Pedro. There will be shred bins, vendors, and food. There will be a presentation provided by Elder Watch from the Colorado Attorney’s Office on the current top 10 scams going on in Colorado, which are targeted mostly to the elderly. the vendors will be set up from 10 am to 1:30 pm. Lunch is $7.50 for individuals under age 60 and a suggested donation of $2.00 for individuals 60 and over. Please sign up now to reserve your lunch.


Trinidad Rotary Golf

TRINIDAD — Greg Sund, President of the Trinidad Rotary Club, announced this week that the Trinidad Rotary Club has scheduled its annual Golf Tournament—Fundraiser at the Trinidad Municipal Golf Course on Friday afternoon, June 14. In announcing the event, Sund said “We are raising funds to help pay for the Illustrated Scholastic Children’s Dictionary distributed to all third grade students in Las Animas County. This is the 16th consecutive year the Trinidad Rotary Club has participated in the dictionary handout”.

There are approximately 170 third grade students attending the various public and private schools in the county. A dictionary is personally handed to each student by a member of the Rotary Club each year during the month of December, as a personal gift intended to help in the development of literacy skills.

Anyone wishing to play in the golf tournament, sponsor a team, sponsor a golf hole, or contribute cash or gifts to the fundraiser may do so by contacting any Rotary Club member including Shirley Donachy, Fred Vaugeois, Sharon Sciacca, Bonnie Aaron, Jim Blecha, Dennis Scott, Buzz Sawaya, Carol Patrick, Stan Obrey, Penni Saeedi, Janna Remington, Mike Dixon, Melodie Lanosga, Andrew Hoff- man, Lori Hoffman, or Jeff at the local golf course clubhouse.


Nat Geo Adventurer, Pharr Davis, at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library, 202 N Animas St., is very excited to welcome author, speaker, record setter and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis Friday, June 14, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. In 2011, Jennifer set the record for fastest time to complete the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail, averaging an amazing 47 miles per day. Please join us as Jennifer shares stories, slides, and excerpts from her latest book, “The Pursuit of Endurance”, which has been called “a captivating narrative guidebook that will in- spire readers to test their own limits, on the trail and off.” (Kirkus Reviews) For more in- formation call the library: 719-846-6841


A Roadmap of Recovery

TRINIDAD — Hope Pregnancy Center and the Heart of Trinidad Fellowship will host a free meeting at the Center, 1532 Santa Fe Trail, looking at grief, bereavement and resolution Friday, June 14, 10 am to 12 pm with presenter Juanita B. Adams MA MFT, CAC III, retired.

The meeting is an introductory class and will allow Ms. Adams to meet the people living in the Trinidad and Las Animas County area so she can get “a feel” that will allow her to interact and teach those who are dealing with loss and grief. To register early, contact Hope Pregnancy Center at 719-846-4889, by cell at 719-680-1059 or by email at


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 Chestnut St., Friday, June 14, 6 pm. This week’s band is Good Question. Food and drink available for purchase. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket! This series was made possible by a grant from the City of Trinidad Tourism Board. For more information, contact Trinidad History Museum at 719-846-7217.


Cappton Reid and Sunday breakfast at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Come out for live music, drinks, and dancing in Gulnare this Friday, June 14, 8 pm to 12 am, when Cappton Reid performs for a $5 cover. The monthly breakfast buffet will be Sunday, June 16, 8 am to noon. Spanish Peaks Inn located in a beautiful setting. The Inn also 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.


Earth Mountain Camp & Jam

WESTON — Come out for another weekend of family fun at Earth Mountain Camp and Jam Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, June 16. The cost is only $15 per campsite or car. The farm is located on 17613 CR 31.9. Take Highway 12 to Weston, turn north onto Wet Canyon Road (31.9), go 14 miles and follow Earth Mountain Farm signs. For more information call: 719- 680-0215 or visit: mountain/


ROAR Fundraiser Father’s Day pancake breakfast

TRINIDAD — Help celebrate Father’s Day Saturday, June 15, 8:30 10:30 am at Corradino Auto Body Lobby, 124 N Maple. This breakfast is a ROAR for Relay For Life Fundraiser, all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society! All welcome to join us! Come and dine with us as we celebrate that great guy in your life – fathers, grandfathers, husbands, uncles, brothers, nephews – with a delicious pancake breakfast. We also have a gluten free option. The breakfast cost: Adults $6, children $4 (ages 10 & under are free)


Good Question band at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD — Come out to Trinidad Lake State Park Saturday, June 15, 6 to 8 pm to enjoy live music by local favorites, refreshments, fire, and door prizes. The event is free, but all vehicles must have daily or annual park pass. For more information call 719-846- 6951


Movie In the Park: Small Foot

TRINIDAD — The Southern Colorado Family Center will sponsor a family friendly movie Saturday, June 15, 8 pm at Central Park, 700 Smith Avenue. Bring your blanket and chairs for a free showing of “Small Foot.” We will be selling popcorn and pop. The movie will start at dusk.


Leather carving for beginners

TRINIDAD — A five-day leather carving course will be offered through TSJC’s Continuing Education (no college credit) program Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21. In this beginners’ course, students will learn to build skills and refine techniques in the art of leather carving. Emphasis will be placed on the traditional methods to carve Sheridan style patterns. At the beginning of the class, students will practice on a variety of test swatches and then advance to the main project of their choice.

The cost is $300 plus a $13.75 registration fee. For more information, contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or Southern Rockies Heritage School at Trinidad State Junior College, 600 Prospect Street.


Scrimshaw Class Begins

TRINIDAD — Scrimshaw, presented by Southern Rockies Heritage School at Trinidad State Junior College will be held Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21, 8 am to 5 pm. This class counts toward the Gunsmithing Fine Arts Certificate.

Learn the art of scrimshaw one-on-one with Jim Stevens. You do not need an interest in gunsmithing to take this course. The techniques taught are the same for anyone want- ing to create beautiful scrimshaw on ivory, resins, and powder horns. An intensive, hands-on course taught by artist, sculptor, and scrimshander Jim Stevens. To register, contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or


Colorado Walleye Association-South Chapter Meeting

TRINIDAD — There will be a meeting of the South Chapter of the Colorado Walleye Association Tuesday, June 18, 6 pm at City of Trinidad Community of Center, 1309 Beshoar Drive. The meeting is to discuss future meetings, outings (non tournament), and any other ideas. All are welcome. Get more information from our Facebook page.


Mt. San Rafael Hospital Blood Drive

TRINIDAD — A blood drive will be held Wednesday, June 19, 10 am to 2 pm at the Bloodmobile parked at the front of the hospital, 410 Benedicta Avenue. For more information, call 719-845-4299.


Amtrak presentation at TLAC luncheon

TRINIDAD — Please join us on Wednesday, June 19, 12 pm in the TSJC Pioneer Room at the Sullivan Center to hear all that Amtrak Southwest Chief has planned for Colorado. The sponsor for our June luncheon will be Mountain Liquor, Linda Barron. Mountain Liquor will be celebrating its 34th year of business in our community. We are very proud of this accomplishment and hope you join us to acknowledge this tremendous achievement.

Our tentative menu is: sliced BBQ pork, four cheeses baked macaroni, southern style green beans, rolls & butter and fresh fruit Chantilly. You must RSVP by Wednesday, June 12. Please send your RSVP through email to , or You could also contact the office to RSVP at 719-846-9285.


Nostalgic Movie Night “Manon of the Spring”

TRINIDAD — The next nostalgic movie presentation at the Carnegie Library will be Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Manon, a beautiful shepherdess in Provence, France, has lost her father and seen her family’s livelihood ruined through the greediness of her neighbors: Ugolin and his grandfather, Cesar. Now grown and living in isolation from the village, she plots revenge against the men for their misdeeds. Her plot is complicated by Ugolin, who has fallen in love with her but Manon’s retribution will not be deterred. Free movie, all are welcome. For more information call the library: 719-846-6841.


Positive Youth Development Training

TRINIDAD — Join Las Animas County Communities That Care for a free interactive session on increasing youth engagement through principles, policies, and practices Friday, June 21, 9 am to 3 pm in the Pioneer Room at TSJC, 600 Prospect Street. Lunch will be provided. Register:


Trinidad Autism awareness fundraiser dance

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Autism awareness group is holding a fundraising event featuring a silent auction and dance Friday, June 21, 8 to 11 pm at Jujo’s dance hall, 125 N Chestnut Street. The Cappalucci Brothers band will provide the music. Admission is $10 in ad- vance, or $12.50 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Trinidad Autism Organization. For more information call 719-439-8730.


Temple Aaron 130th anniversary celebration

TRINIDAD — Temple Aaron of Trinidad is turning 130! Join us in celebration Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23. This celebration will be a gala weekend of services and events at Temple Aaron, 407 S. Maple Street, to commemorate the building’s 130th anniversary and celebrate its future! This event is for all interested in Temple Aaron and Trinidad history. We have plenty of room in the Temple’s beautiful 200-person sanctuary.

Friday, June 21: Temple doors open and ticket pickup begins at 6 pm. Shabbat Service with

Kiddush and live music to follow begins at 7 pm.
Saturday, June 22: The main event!

9:45 am: Shabbat service officiated by Beth Cohen of Congregation Nahalat Shalom, Albuquerque

11 am-12:45 pm: Unveiling of a historical marker donated by the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation. This outdoor event will include speakers, live music, and light refreshments. Descendants of the tem- ple’s original founders will be honored and will share their stories. This portion is free and open to the public; all other events require advance ticket purchase.

1-2 pm: Storytelling with renowned Jewish storyteller Cherie Karo Schwartz. Appropriate for all ages!

4 pm: Screening of film “Raise the Roof,” sponsored by the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society and the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival.

6 pm: Havdalah service, Gourmet Buffet Dinner by Alys’ Restaurant in La Veta, and Live Music
Sunday, June 23: Farewell Bagel Brunch at 10 am.
Ticket prices are:
Entire weekend: $130 (save $50)
Friday and Sunday: $54 each day
Just Saturday: $72
Tickets are required for all events other than the marker dedication ceremony. Register for a day, two days, or the full weekend at For more information call 303- 905-2161 or email
The 130th Anniversary Gala is sponsored by the First National Bank in Trinidad.


Guns and Gunsmithing in fiction writing workshop

TRINIDAD — A continuing education class (not for college credit) at TSJC on novel writ- ing and guns will be held Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, 8 am to 5 pm. Topics include how to edit productively, how to schedule your writing day, how to choose a publisher, how to deal with editors and agents, and understanding of basic concepts like plot, pace, research, character development, and much more.

Attendees will also learn how to include their favorite guns and their performance in fiction writing. Essentially a novel writing workshop with special emphasis on shooting sports as they are portrayed in fiction. Students will be expected to write each day, with in-class critiques. Contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or e-mail


Understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia

TRINIDAD —The Las Animas County Health Department, 412 Benedicta Ave., will offer a free presentation by Ann Carter, Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Colorado Wednesday, June 26, 11:30 am to 1 pm. In the presentation you will learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments to address symptoms, and more. Please RSVP to 719-372-5985.


Branson-Trinchera reunion, celebrating more than a century of education

BRANSON — This year we’re celebrating 102 years of Branson
School going strong! You’re invited to the Branson-Trinchera Reunion on Saturday, June 29, 4:30 to 10 pm.

Let’s celebrate the Class Reunions of 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009, and 2019. We would LOVE to have everyone from each reunion class attend! Connect with your classmates and plan on reuniting for an even- ing of fun and reminiscing!
• Set-up will begin Friday at 1 pm. If you’re available that day we’d love some help!
• If you would like to sell items that you create, we welcome you to be a vendor! Please contact Diana Fox if you are interested, her information is below.

• Absolutely no tobacco products, drugs, or alcohol allowed!

Committee Members are: President– Dianna (Doherty) Fox 970-309-2650,; Vice President–

Kendra Doherty 719-946-5510,; Secretary– Larada Horner-Miller; Treasurer–Terry Gilstrap 719-946-5528. Members-at-Large are: Kim Schor 719-946-0821,; Erin Comden; Katy Diemer 719-242-7088,

The Reunion will begin at 4:30 pm followed by the Pot-luck at 5. Please bring a main dish AND a side dish or dessert. The committee will provide the table settings and drinks. After the potluck, enjoy the program at 6 pm and dancing starting at 7 pm! Music will be provided by the Dan-O Weston band from Pueblo.

Please assist us in reaching as many alumni as possible! We will e-mail this information to as many as we can. If you know a new address (physical or e-mail) of a classmate, please let us know so we can get the word out!


The 105th Annual Ludlow Memorial Service

LUDLOW — The UMWA invites you to the 105th Ludlow Memorial Service. The service will begin at Sunday, June 30,10 am at the Ludlow site. UMWA International President Cecil Roberts will be the keynote speaker. Also speaking are District 22 Int.V.P. Mike Dalpiaz, Colorado AFL-CIO President Josette Jaramillo, Colorado State Rep. D-46 Daneya Esgar. In Memory of the men, women and children who lost their lives in freedom’s cause at Ludlow, Colorado, April 20, 1914. The Ludlow site is located at exit 27 off Interstate 25. For more information call 719-846-2403, or email



Art for Fun at Arthur Johnson Library

RATON — Have fun at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Park Ave., with different types of art materials. “Art For Fun” conducted by Dennie Gum will kick off tonight, Thursday, June 13, 6:30 pm. This free program is for young adults and other adults of any age. It will be held every other Thursday at 6:30 pm. The first Thursday will be sculpting with air dry clay. Tools and clay will be provided by the library. Space is currently limited to the first 10 people.


“Mary Poppins” at the Shuler

RATON — The Santa Fe Trail School of the Performing Arts presents “Mary Poppins” beginning Friday, June 14 and continuing through Saturday June 29 at the Shuler Theater, 131 N. 2nd Street. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students. Showtimes

Friday, June 14 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 15 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 22 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 23 2:00 PM
Friday, June 28 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 29 7:00 PM
For more information call 575-445-3591.


Raton Color Run

RATON — The annual Color Run will be held Saturday, June 15, 8 am at Roundhouse Memorial Park, 100 Memorial Lane. Proceeds will benefit the El Raton Theater for the marquee. Contacts are Karen Gabriele Wiseman and Jami Esquibel.


Holy Trinity rumage sale

RATON — There will be another great rummage sale at Holy Trinity Episcopal church Raton, Rio Grande and Third Street, Saturday June 15, 9 am to 3 pm. Lots of bargains: beads, books, kitchen, luggage, clothing, bake sale, AND upscale luxury items.


Independent Riders Poker Run To Benefit Run For The Wall 2020

RATON — The Independent Riders will host a Poker Run Saturday, June 15, 9 am to 3 pm. The run starts at Enchanted Grounds, 111 Park Ave then north I-25 on the Highway of Legends Tour. The run ends at Hesters Motor Sports. Cost for the run is $10 hand, any ride and $5 for each extra hand. Pay out is for high and low hand.


Maverick Ranch Rodeo

CIMARRON — The 10th Annual WRCA Sanctioned Ranch Rodeo will be held Saturday, June 15, 11 am.

Watch teams of working cowboys and cowgirls from ranches across the west compete in real events of the modern cowboy! Some of the events are: wild cow milking, team branding, doctoring, team sorting and ranch bronc riding.

Top horse competition sponsored by Aqha American Quarter Horse Association and Gene Klein Custom Silver Finery. Top hand competition sponsored by Twisted X Boots. $5 admission; children 6 and under free!

We would like to thank our sponsors for making this rodeo possible! Ranch broncs provided by 3 Lazy S Cattle Co, yearlings provided by Albert Burton, cows and calves provided by Dusty Mayer.


It’s not too late to volunteer for Sugarite Project!

RATON — We are looking forward to working with you this coming weekend, Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16. For those of you who are camping, the Ponderosa Horse Camp will be available beginning on Friday afternoon.

For anyone meeting us on Saturday morning, we will meet at 8 am at the Visitor Center. Keep your eyes out for the (short) green NMVFO signs pointing the way. The NMVFO Release Form must be signed before you begin helping, come to the site to sign the form.

Please bring your own dinnerware and camp gear in addition to items needed on the trail: sturdy boots, long pants, work gloves, LUNCH, sunglasses, sunblock, and plenty to drink. A hat is a good idea, and please remember RAINGEAR; there is a chance of rain. High winds are also possible, so don’t forget warm clothes! Thank you for signing up for this project. See you all soon…

Last year we completed phase 1. We would like to finish up phase 2 so we can call this project complete. The project is to restore many of the water bars that have washed away over the years and address some of the other trail issues. If you would like to help out, please contact Robert D McIvor, Park Superintendent, Sugarite Canyon State Park, 211 Hwy 526, 575-445-5607 ASAP!


10th Annual Raton Family Tent Revival winds up this weekend

RATON — The annual Raton Tent Revival will be held Sunday, June 2 through Sunday, June 16. Don’t forget to bring your favorite lawn chair, enjoy a free dinner at 6 pm, praise and worship 6:45 pm and guest speaker at 7:30 pm nightly. The revival is held 4 miles west on HWY 555, York Canyon Road, follow the signs and follow us on facebook @


Call for vendors for July 4

RATON — Raton MainStreet is hoping vendors will join us for our annual 4th of July Celebration on Historic First Street, Thursday, July 4, 10 am to 6 pm. The affordable vendor fee is $30. For additional information or questions, or call (575) 445-2052.

The celebration will include live entertainment, parade, and street fair. Raton MainStreet is composed of committed members of the community dedicated to improving the quality of life in Raton by revitalizing our downtown area. We want to foster business prosperity and offer new economic opportunities. We seek to have a community where all generations can have a sense of pride in Raton and all cultures feel respect for their heritage.


Balloon festival seeks sponsorships

RATON — The 2019 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally Committee is excited to be working hard on presenting the balloon rally July 4th-6th. The Pilots’ Reception is scheduled for July 3rd with Mass Ascensions the mornings of the 4th, 5th, & 6th. In the past, Raton’s balloon rally was attended by hundreds of visitors each year and is free to the public.

The committee is seeking businesses, families, class reunions, or individuals interested in being a sponsors.

Sponsors are invited to the Pilots’ Reception, and get to participate in all that ballooning involves – from filling the envelope with hot air, to becoming part of the chase crew, to flying with your pilot. Questions, stop by the Main Street office at the Old Pass Gallery or call Brenda Ferri (575) 445-2052, Christine Valentini (575) 445-2457 or Jessica Barfield 575-245- 9000 for more information.


Recharging Our Community Economy workshop series ~ GrowRaton!

RATON — Be a helping hand in changing Raton’s economy! Your participation in this workshop could make a difference to the future health and wealth of Raton, New Mexico. The next workshop will be Thursday, June 20, 9 am to 3 pm at the Raton Convention Center (Lower Level). Registration begins at 8:30 am. Lunch is provided

• Re-charging our community’s 8 forms of wealth (individual, social, intellectual, natural, built, political, financial and cultural); • Re-building your confidence and effectiveness as a community leader, business owner, social or civic member and as an individual;

• Re-discovering and analyzing the value chains of industries within the community and learning how to add wealth to these businesses and our community.

Workshop registration is free. For more information: (575) 224-6718 |
NOTE: You must register for every workshop date separately


4th Annual “We Love Raton” Golf Tournament

RATON — 4th Annual “We Love Raton” Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 at Raton Country Club, 510 Country Club Road. This tournament features: Two person Event $150/team 6-22, 9 hole Modified Al- ternate Shot 6-23, 18 hole Best Ball 6-24, 18 hole Scramble Featuring Dixon Golf Challenges (optional, additional cost). For more information call or visit the Country Club.


Opening reception for photography show featuring Steve Wharton

RATON — Prolific portrait photographer Steve Wharton will have a Photo Exhibit beginning Friday, June 21 through Au- gust 3 at the Di Lisio Building, 140 South Second. The opening reception for the show “Photography by Steve Wharton: A 35+ Year Exhibit & Retrospective” will be held Friday, June 21, 3 to 7 pm. The exhibit will be open Friday through Monday, 10 am to 2 pm through August 3. For more information, please contact: Jean Di Lisio


2019 Summer of Color Series: Bodacious Butterfly Festival

RATON — The Sugarite Canyon Bodacious Butterfly Festival 2019 will be held Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23, 8 am to 5 pm. Join us on catch-and-release butterfly walks, get tips on creating butterfly gardens, and let the kids try to “survive” a pretend butterfly migration! A schedule of events and locations will be available at the park Visitor Center. Regular entrance fee to the park is required. Contact staff at 575-445-5607 for more information.


Walk with a Expert!

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, June 22, 9 am when we explore 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.

Growing Great Kids, Raton’s early childhood coalition, is raffling a framed set of vintage Raton postcards to support the group’s work for local kids. Raffle tickets are $5 each.


Rocky Mt. High Raton NHPA Singles

RATON — The NHPA “Rocky Mountain High“ sanctioned Horseshoe Tournament will be held Saturday, June 22, 9 am at Ripley Park, Savage Avenue. The cost for the tournament is $20. Call Larry Gallegos at 575-447-9844. To qualify for the state tournament the three highest percentages from 9-20-2018 thru 8-25-2019 will be used. Pitchers will need to have 3 sanctioned tournaments turned in to National NatStats to be al- lowed to pitch in the New Mexico State Tournament before the deadline August 25, 2019.


Friends of the Library Book Sale

RATON — Friends of the Library Book Sale is Saturday, June 22, 10 am to 2 pm on the second floor of the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Park Avenue.


Celebrating Colfax County’s 150th at Cold Beer

COLD BEER — Come out for this free event with horse drawn buggy rides, horseshoe tournament, and live music and dance by Cappton Reid Saturday, June 22, 6 to 10 pm at Colfax Tavern & Diner, 32230 US 64. For more information call 575-376-2229.


Trinidad Autism Awareness Organization Swimming Party

RATON — Children with all disabilities and their families welcome to this private party Sunday, June 23, 10 am to 12 pm at Raton Regional Aquatic Center, 100 Memorial Lane. The pool will be closed to the public. Pizza and drinks to be served. Guests are asked to bring a snack to share. Participants must RSVP: 719-439-8730. No drop offs; responsible adult must also attend.


Growing Great Kids to raffle historic postcards

RATON — The $5 raffle tickets will be sold throughout the summer. Checks should be made out to GrowRaton!, with “GGK raffle” included on the memo line.

The framed postcards will be displayed at various locations starting Monday, June 3 at FNB New Mexico bank, 1104 South 2nd St. The drawing will be Thursday, Sept. 5. “These four beautiful postcards include great images from Raton’s earlier days,” said Patricia Walsh, a member of Growing Great Kids. “One of them appears to be a color-tinted photograph that includes the railroad roundhouse, which doesn’t exist anymore.”

The postcards were donated to Growing Great Kids by Kim Straus, outgoing director of the charitable Brindle Foundation of Santa Fe. The Brindle Foundation has granted $6,000 to Growing Great Kids since 2018. GGK is the outgrowth of a 2015 early childhood development series presented by the University of New Mexico Family Development Program. For more information, contact GGK administrator Leonore Barfield at 575-707-0147 or



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! Friday, June 14, 10 am to noon is the “The Art of Storytelling.” Friday, June 21 is “Archaeological Sandbox

Dig.”Classes will be held at the fantastic 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 designed for children ages 5-14. Class size is limited to 15 so RSVP to 719-890-4699


Earn a Junior Ranger badge at Lathrop State Park

WALSENBURG — Friday, June 14, 7 pm at the Piñon Camp- ground Amphitheater, Lathrop’s park naturalist will conduct a family program on the Leave No Trace principles. The program includes fun demonstrations, and children who participate can earn a Junior Ranger badge.


La Veta Library Summer Program

LA VETA — Get creative and build your own space diorama using lovable, edible Peeps marshmallows. Wednesday, June 12, 2 pm. This program is designed for ages 5 – 11. For more information contact or call 742-3572.


Fridays For Fun: Painting Yourself

LA VETA — La Veta School of the Arts presents its first children’s class of the summer Friday, June 14, 1 to 3 pm at La Veta School for the Arts with a life-size self portrait class. Maggie MacIndoe encourages students to bring any collage materials they want and to use a wide variety of techniques and strategies to personalize their self portraits. You will want your life-size portrait to hang on your wall for everyone to see. Next week, Friday, June 21 9 am to noon: is Clay with Nicole Copel at La Veta School of Arts. Ages 6-10 – 9-10:30 am – $15. Ages 11+- 11-12:30-$15 Use your hands to create clay works of art. Meet at Clay Studio, 402 South Main St. Nicole Copel will introduce students to different ways of shaping, molding and building with clay

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 thanks to funding from private donations from friends and supporters of LVSA. La Veta School of the Arts does not discriminate in any way. 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.


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. This project allows them to explore the insect world while choosing an image for their collages. Inspiration for this project comes from the artist and author Eric Carl.

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. Rachael received a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree with a focus in electronic art, and a minor in technical theater from Colorado State University.

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: For more information call SPACe at 719 742-3074 or email:


Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth Summer schedule

WALSENBURG — SCCY offers year round youth programs for kids 8 to 18 in Huerfano County. The summer schedule is: Mondays is Youth Trek day— Younger kids 8 to 12 will experience the outdoors by going on small hikes, fishing, and playing outdoor games 10 am to 2 pm. Older youth 13 to 19 will go on overnight camping trips, climb mountains, hike class 2 trails and complete a service project at Mission Wolf. Older kids meet at 10 am.

Tuesday is the Roots Garden program, 2 to 4 pm for all age groups.
Wednesdays are for gaming and hanging out, 10 am to 2 pm for all age groups.

Thursdays-STEM related learning classes and the Dungeons and Dragons club meets at 1 to 3 pm.
Friday 10 am to 2 pm is CREW and JBAM activities. These groups explore nature, create art projects, swim at the lake and attend field trips that promote positive youth development. For further information about any or all of our programs, please feel free to stop by the office or give us a call! SCCY, 513 Main Street, 719-738-1573,, or check out our facebook page.



HOH: Camp! Colorado Week

TRINIDAD — The popular Hands on History program returns 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 will be responsible for providing it.

This camp is open to students in grades 1- 8 at the cost of $85/week. However, there are a number of discounts available for THM and History Colorado Members, families enrolling multiple children, and paying tuition in full be- fore the start of camp. We also have scholar- ships based on household size and income.

Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to enroll your child, or have any questions, please contact Abigail at or call 719-846-7217.


Book Readers Rock!

TRINIDAD — Book Readers Rock is a club for readers in grades 6 through 8 at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas. The next meeting of the club is Friday, June14, 1:30 to 3 pm. Bring your favorite book!


Carnegie Library summer reading & programs for youth

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.

Event Schedule for kids 4 to 12 years old: Crafts and Storytime – Wed, June 19, 1 to 3 pm in the Library

Magic Show-Wed June 26, 1 to 3 pm at the Community Center

Event Schedule for teens 11 to 18 years old:

Movie & Popcorn – Mon, June 17, 1 to 3 pm “Hunger Games-Catching Fire” at the Library 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


Spanish Peaks Rodeo Bible Camp

TRINIDAD — The Spanish Peaks Rodeo Bible Camp will be Wednesday-Saturday, June 26 to 29 at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds in Trinidad. Ages 8 to 18 as of June 1st. Call Loren (719) 989-1045 Sandy (719) 989- 8756



Springer starts its 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 program! School-age children are invited to come to the Fred Macaron Libary 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 August 1. The library is located at 600 Colbert Ave.


Cimarron summer reading : “A Universe of Stories”

CIMARRON — Cimarron Library’s Summer Reading Program, 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 will begin on Monday, June 3 and go through Friday, Au- gust 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 en- rolled only.)

SPRINGER: • Lunch 12 to 1 pm at Springer Museum Park open to all children ages 1 to 18; Springer Early Headstart for en- rolled 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.

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