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Upcoming Events for week of June 18, 2020


Spanish Peaks Library curbside pickup

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

Visit or call 719-738-2774 for more information.


La Veta Farmers Market today

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


Huerfano County Democratic meeting tonight

hUERFANo — The next virtual meeting of the Huerfano County Democratic Party Central Committee will be held Thursday, June 18, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Email Dale Lyons,, to get log in infor- mation. Let’s all get involved in the democratic process this year! Many opportunities for non-contact volunteer activities will be discussed at the meeting. See you there.

Our mission as Huerfano County Democrats is for every citizen in Huerfano County to be in- formed, engaged, and voting. Let us renew our resolve to meet the challenges of our age together.


Watch Live Food Aid concert on Facebook

hUERFANo CoUNTY — The La Veta Village Facebook page will be streaming a LIVE FOOD AID concert this Friday, June 19 starting at 6:30 p.m.. What a menagerie! A group of local musicians will be streaming some old favorites for your listening pleasure.

La Veta Village is developing an assisted living facility in Huerfano County. Concert do- nations support La Veta Village Food Services which provides grocery shopping and delivery for homebound residents of the 81055 zip code and Navajo. In addition, The Village hosts a Food Box Pick-Up every other Saturday for those whose income was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Gardner Farmers Market

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

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

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


Cuchara Chapel on line

CUChARA — This summer please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, June 21 join us as Rev. Matt Gaston gives the message -”The Other My Enemy”. Special music provided by Eldaa Royer.


Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market

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


Summer adult art workshops at SPACe

LA VETA — SPACe will have adult work- shops this summer with a maximum 6 students per workshop since we will enforce social distancing. Face coverings are required and social distancing will be practiced for all workshops. Sign up soon to reserve your space.

plein Air painting Workshop with Coni Grant offered by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, 132 W. Ryus will be held Saturday, June 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. Contact us at 719-742-3074 to re- serve a space. The cost is $75. This outdoor workshop is about design, composition, and methods that help painters be more confident. Whether painting en plein air, or in the studio, the principles taught in this workshop apply to whatever medium you are using, and bene- fit painters at all levels. Alamosa artist Grant has a BFA in Graphic Design and an MA in Painting with over 20 years of teaching experience that includes the university setting. Learn more at The cost of the workshop is $75. Bring your own mate- rials. Call SPACe 719 742-3074 or email: spa- to register or for more information.

Introduction to Scratch-Art with Kathy hill offered by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, 132 W. Ryus will be held Tuesday, June 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. Learn an exciting new way to create art! Scratch-art is like drawing, but in reverse, engraving white lines on a black background. The workshop is an introduction to using the materials and techniques used for scratch-art. The fee is $35 plus $10 for materials, which includes a 5″ x 7″ Ampersand Scratchboard and tools needed for the class. Ages 14 and up. Limited class size, with social distancing enforced. Sign up at SPACe, call 719 742-3074, or email


painting in the Studio with Kim Mackey

will be offered Saturday, June 27, 9 am – 4 pm. at Spanish Peaks Arts Council, 132 W. Ryus. Develop your imagination and technique, focusing on the academic principles of color, de- sign, value and draftsmanship, while working from still life and photos. Individual instruction, a demonstration by Mackey, and a group critique are all included in the workshop. Kim Mackey is considered by critics to be one of the best western artists working today. The Den- ver Post has called him “the master of this genre”. The fee is $75, participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies. SPACe has easels. We practice social distancing. Wear a mask. Materials list is available. Call SPACe 719 742-3074 or email to register or for more information.


2020 Western Rendezvous reception and art show

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council, a nonprofit organization, invites the public to visit the new art show “2020 Western Rendezvous”. A reception will be held this Saturday, June 20 between 5 – 7 pm with visitors limited to less than 10 at a time. Face coverings are required and social distancing will be practiced. To reserve a time to attend the reception, call SPACe at 719 742-3074.

Coni Grant, accomplished painter and instructor from Alamosa, judged the show for awards. The winners are David Montgomery, 1st Place; Kathy Hill, 2nd Place; Marta Moore, 3rd Place and Doug Candelaria, Kim Mackey,

and Lynne Bower Andrews all receiving Merit Awards. Awards will be presented to the winners at the reception at 5:30.

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


Water Conservancy District Board on-line meeting

hUERFANo CoUNTY — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held remotely by GoTo Meeting on Monday, June 22, 6 p.m.. A draft agenda and login information for the meeting are available on the HCWCD website at: The public is welcome to join:

Join meeting from computer, tablet or smartphone: Or dial in using your phone:

(571) 317-3122 Access Code: 926-655-653


Huerfano RE-1 hunger relief box distribution

WALSENBURG — In collaboration with The Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund, Huerfano RE-1 will be handing out fresh fruits, vegetables and other food items over the next several weeks for families and residents of our community. Our second event will take place at Peakview and Gardner locations , Thursday June 25, 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

This will be a drive up process similar to the school sack lunch pick up. For Walsenburg, we will have signs guiding traffic around the back of John Mall High School, through the alley between John Mall and Peakview. For Gardner, the time is the same 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., and will distribute from the parking lot of the school. Please do not arrive or line up before 10:45 am. There will be a limit of 1 box per household while supplies remain.

We ask for your help by returning any boxes and empty egg cartons we hand out so that we can reuse them for making future food boxes. Please email Tara Burke at if you need additional details.


Pandemic financial assistance for families of kids grades K-12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To access the P-EBT application visit:

For more information about P-EBT, please visit Colorado Department of Human Serv- ices’ Frequently Asked Questions ebt . If you have further questions, please con-

tact and a representative will respond.

If you have other questions or need help, or are interested in applying for P-EBT, contact Tara Burke at or 719-695-0095 to obtain the required SASID information.


La Veta Schools food box distribution

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


Bicycle repair clinic

LA VETA — Spanish Peaks Cycling will host a bicycle repair clinic Thursday June 25, 2 to 6 p.m. outside the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main St.. We fix your bikes for free! Donations always accepted. For more information, email


Reception for “Tree Treasures” at La Veta Gallery

LA VETA — The La Veta Gallery on Main will be opening a new show featuring Bob Hoffman and his “Tree Treasures” on Friday, June 26, 5 to 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with La Veta’s 4th Friday Art Walk. Bob will be present and displaying a number of new turned-wood bowls. Several of these were made from trees gleaned during the 2019 flood mitigation cleanup of the Cucharas River and might carry special meaning for locals looking back with nostalgia at 2019! Face coverings and social distancing are required health and safety precautions. Hand sanitizer will be available, as well as a small “Thank you for coming” take- away gift. In the present environment only ten folks can be allowed in the Gallery at once. The show will run through July 21. Bob’s new work can be previewed on the Gallery’s web- site:


4th Friday La Veta Art Walk.

LA VETA — The first 2020 4th Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, June 26, 5 to 7:30 p.m.. The following venues will be participating: SPACe Gallery, Parkside Gallery of Wood Art, Crafted in Colorado, Silvershoe, The Painted Horse Gallery and La Veta Gallery on Main. Please expect face coverings to be required and occupancy limits necessary. The event is free. We look forward to seeing you safely and respectfully.


Art and craft sale fundraiser

WALSENBURG — Huerfano Community Bible Church at 601 Leon (behind the Carquest Auto Parts Store) is hosting an arts and crafts sale on Friday and Saturday, July 3rd and 4th from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proceeds will aid in support of the Cambodian Community Children’s Home in Phnom Phen. Come purchase something unique and help a worthy cause.


Huerfano 4-H Fair Covid plans

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

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

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


La Veta Village food services

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

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

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


Book Nook book delivery

LA VETA — The Book Nook is happy to an- nounce that the County Health Department has approved book delivery service for La Veta and Cuchara locals. For five dollars you will receive three books of your choice in genre, au- thor, etc. If you are friends with the Book Nook on Facebook, simply leave a message with your information and preferred method of payment. We now have a PayPal account to make secure online payments, or you can leave cash or a check made out to Friend of La Veta Library on your front porch. The books will be wiped down, placed in a new paper bag for your protection, and delivered to your doorstep. We hope this service can bring some joy into your or you loved ones’ lives. Happy Reading, Friends.


La Veta Public Library curbside service

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


SCCOG Senior Services, Care & Share

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

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


Class of 1965 planning reunion

WALSENBURG — 1965 Class is planning on their 55th class re- union, for Walsenburg High along with the alumni from St. Marys. The date has been set for August 8th, at the La Plaza. Please contact Toni Garbizo Wallace at 970-669-8803 or Danny Pacheco at 719-671-6007, for more information.

This reunion is contingent with on the restrictions due to Covid 19. Please contact us for more information.



Trinidad Community Center now open

TRINIDAD — TheTrinidad Community Center re-opened on Tuesday June 16. Hours will be from 11am-7pm Monday- Saturday, CLOSED on Sundays. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the building at one time. No showers will be al- lowed. A 1.5 hour time limit will apply to all patrons, on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-in before entering and follow posted COVID-19 rules. A plan is being formulated to submit to the Las Animas County Health Department to open the Trinidad Aquatic Center


Colorado Welcome Center is open

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


Apishapa Heritage Center now open

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


Virtual walk with autism

CoLoRADo — Walk With Autism is going virtual this year on Saturday, June 20! You can help raise funds for Autism Society of Colorado wherever you are! Go on a socially distant walk, stroll, skip, roll, treadmill, stair climb, bike ride …. and raise money from pledges for the Autism Society of Colorado.

Although we cannot be together, we can be united in our support for ASC. This is the perfect opportunity for friends and families to exercise, stay safe, and feel good about helping the autism community. Funds raised through the walk help ASC continue its mission to improve the lives of all living with autism. This includes families, providers, educators, and members of the community. At ASC, we work to advocate, inform, and share the journey with thousands of Coloradans. All money raised here stays here!

Our virtual event is simple. Register for free and fundraise for prizes just like a regular walk. On June 20th, you choose your start time, route, and choice of movement.

After your movement of choice, we are asking for you to post your pictures on social media and tag @AutismSocietyColorado and use the hashtag #walkwithautism or email pictures to

Registration is FREE; fundraising prizes include:

$30 ~ Commemorative Sticker
$100 ~ Walk Tshirt + Commemorative Sticker
$250 ~ Drawstring Backpack + Walk Tshirt + Commemorative Sticker
$500 ~ $20 Amazon Gift Card + Drawstring Backpack + Walk tshirt + Commemorative Sticker
$1000 ~ $75 Amazon Gift Card + Drawstring Backpack + Walk Tshirt + Commemorative Sticker
All money raised here stays here!


Ugly Pet Portrait fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Get a one-of-a-kind portrait of your pet! We have some amazingly talented people who volunteer at Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association. They help make our day-to- day operations possible. We love our volunteers – they are awesome! Some of our volunteers are pretty good artists… and there are many more who… let’s face it, should probably keep their day jobs when it comes to creating artwork. Nonetheless, this eclectic team is dedicated and they have decided to join together for a fun, unique new fundraiser for Noah’s Ark — introducing the Ugly Pet Portrait Fundraiser.

For just $20, you’ll get an original, one-of-a-kind portrait of your pet, drawn by a “possibly-talented” NAAWA volunteer! Your pet is NOT ugly… but keep in mind that the artwork you get back, well… it may not be Mona Lisa quality, but we can as- sure you that it was made with lots of love! And there is nothing ugly about love!

So set your bar nice and low, and support NAAWA with a gift of $20 today! Just remember to upload a fairly good picture of your pet at the time of order. Please also remember to provide your email address and mailing address so we can send your pet’s portrait to you.

Get your order now because this FUNdraiser ends June 20, 2020! Email: to request your application.


Sunday food pantry in Segundo

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


TSD #1 free summer lunch program

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


Carnegie library online Story Time!

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


FREE Trinidad youth baseball camps

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Community Center will hold sign ups for FREE weekly baseball camps from 11 am to 6 pm, start- ing on Mon., June 22, for kids the ages of 10-12 years old, on Tues., June 23 for 7-9 years olds, and Wed., June 24 for t- ball/coach pitch 5-7 year olds. Kids are required to have their own glove and bat. A registration form will need to be filled out by parents and social distancing rules will apply.

Camps for 10 to 12 year olds will be on Mondays from 4 to 5pm and 5 to 6pm each week with machine on Tuesdays and t- ball/coach pitch on Wednesdays, at the same times. Call the center at 845-4454 if you have any questions.


Conserving vintage firearms workshop

TRINIDAD — The Heritage School at Trinidad State is offering a vintage firearms workshop beginning Monday, June 22. Students will be introduced to the primary mainstream infantry rifles common during the 100+ year glory of the British Empire including the Brown Bess, Enfield Pattern 53k Snider-Enfield cartridge conversion of the P53, Martini-Henry, and Lee-Enfield. The 40-hour class is $400. For complete course information, con- tact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724


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

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

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

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


SCCOG senior services, Care & Share

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

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

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

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



5th Annual “We Love Raton” two person golf tournament

RAToN — Come out and enjoy the 5th annual “We Love Raton” golf tourney Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and June 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are 8 teams per flight (A B C D), $300 per team, 8 stroke differential, handicap required. Call pro shop for sign up or questions 575-445-8113.


Hungry Hearts Lunch resume

RAToN — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday beginning June 20 at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the Thrift store parking lot.


Capulin astronomy nights

CApULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights at Capulin Volcano National Monument, 46 Volcano Rd. The next astronomy night will be June 20, 7 p.m. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. All observing will be done in the out- door classroom area West of the visitor center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes


Hunger Pantry food distribution

RAToN — There will be a food distribution Wednesday, June 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 S 3rd Street.


The Angel Fire Art & Farmers’ Market

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

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

Commonly found at our market: -Fresh regional produce
-Hatch Green Chile roasted on the spot -Farm fresh eggs

-Local meat and dairy products -Artisanal bread and baked goods -Raw honey & much more…

We are asking visitors to take the following precautions: -Park at least 1 space away from others
-Wear a mask
-Utilize hand sanitizers upon entering and exiting

-Stay at least 6 ft away from others


Colfax County Dems meeting on line

CoLFAX CoUNTY — The next meeting of the Colfax County Democrats will be Saturday, June 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m. via our online meeting format. We will meet to discuss the results of the primary and plans for the next 4 months. That’s right, only 4 more months until the most important election of our lifetime.