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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 Wes- ton. Please contact Beckie 303-419-0694, email to or go to the for additional information. This is gonna be fun!



Free Bicycle Repair Clinic

LA VETA – Thursday, June 27, 2 to 6 pm Spanish Peaks Cycling is holding its annual bicycle repair clinic in front of the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main Street. We fix your bikes – for FREE! Donations for bike supplies always accepted. For questions, please email


Mondays & Thursdays: Ukulele and Guitar Lessons

CUCHARA/LA VETA — Now offering Ukulele and Guitar lessons every Monday and Thursday! Call or email Laura Davis to RSVP for your own lesson, $15 each. Mondays will be at the Timbers, Thursdays will be at The La Veta Mercantile. Beginners start at 3:30pm and Intermediates begin at 4:30pm. Drop-ins are welcome! Call 757-842-2353 or email


Open mic night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Comedy, poetry, singing, acting, or your chance at getting on your soapbox for a few minutes is what open mic night is all about. The next open mic will be Thursday, June 27, 7 pm. Reserve your space soon, because this is a favorite event. Open mic is a free event hosted by world famous blues musician Ken Saydak. Contact the Mercantile to reserve your space: 719-742-3387


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.


Blues guitarist “Carvin Jones” at the Fox

WALSENBURG — The Carvin Jones Band has launched their 2019 American Tour and world-renowned blues-rock icon Car- vin Jones is coming to Walsenburg Thursday, June 27, 8 pm at the Fox Theatre. Carvin was voted one of the 50 Greatest Blues Guitarists of all time by Guitarist Magazine! “Carvin Jones is a young cat out of Phoenix who I think is the next up-and-coming blues player” -Eric Clapton


Horns and hides, wetlands walk, and cowboy poetry at Lathrop this weekend

WALSENBURG — Friday, June 28, 7:30 pm at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater District Wildlife Officer, Travis Sauder, presents Hides & Horns, a study of regional wildlife.

On Saturday morning, June 29, kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge by participating in a program focused on the riparian zones at Lathrop. They will get an overview of the plants and animals that reside in the park’s wetter habitats. The activity will begin at 9 am at the Wetlands Walk parking area (in-between the lakes).

On Saturday evening, award-winning cowboy poet, Peggy Godfrey, will return to Lathrop to present her stories and poems about ranching in Southern Colorado. Her stories are sometimes poignant, often funny, and always entertaining. The program will begin at 7:30 pm at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater. In the event of rain, the evening presentations will be moved to the Visitor Center.

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


Miniature Navajo Weaving Class canceled in La Veta

LA VETA — As there were not enough class participants to hold the miniature Navajo Weaving class taught by Caroline Spurgeon at Francisco Fort Museum that was to be held June 28, 29 and 30, we are supporting the same class that will be held in Fort Garland. Caroline will be teaching the Miniature Navajo Weaving class at the Fort Garland Museum Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6. Please contact Kelley Ivers, Education Coordinator at the Fort Garland facility to register: 719-379- 3512 or


4th Friday La Veta Art Walk

LA VETA — Stroll around La Veta and visit seven galleries- SPACe, Parkside Gallery, Shalawalla, LaVeta Gallery on Main, The Painted Horse, Silver Shoe and Crafted in Colorado Friday, June 28, 5 to 8 pm. Meet the artists and see what they’ve been up to and enjoy refreshments and music.


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 Friday, 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 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


Friday potlucks at the Raymond Aguirre Community Center

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


Susan Gibson at Deerprint Wine

LA VETA — CMA award winning singer/ songwriter Susan Gibson returns to La Veta Friday, June 28, 6 pm. Susan is a respected performer and writer with one of the top-selling country songs of all time under her belt – she wrote “Wide Open Spaces” the song the Dixie Chicks covered on their Grammy award winning album of the same name. Ticket information coming soon!


Painting in the studio w/Kim Mackey at SPACe Gallery

LA VETA — Use your own oil or acrylic paints while you receive individual instruction, learning to “see” what you paint Saturday, June 29, 9:30 am to 4 pm (with lunch break) at SPACe. Still life and photo references will be used as you are guided to develop your imagination and learn about principles of color, design, value and draftsmanship. Advance registration is required. Call 719 742-3074 for more information.


Double Ribbon Cutting for Sister Entrepreneurs

LA VETA — Two ribbon cuttings, hosted by LaVeta Cuchara Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday, June 29. The first ribbon cutting will start at 11:30 am at the Silver Shoe’s new location at 205 S Main Street. Then head on over to the Bugling Bull at 12 pm for a second ribbon cutting and a free drink koozie and small ice cream cone.

The Silver Shoe has moved to a new location at 205 S Main Street, directly next to Created in Colorado. The store has jewelry, knives, and stones. The owner, Darlene Ellis, makes at least 50% of the jewelry with her husband Joe Ellis making some of the jewelry as well as doing some of the silver work. They have many different knives from pocket and tactical, to fix blades, and Damascus blades. The store also has a large variety of stones, including amethyst, citrine, fossils, jaspers and many, many more. Check out the back room for unique horse tack and other wooden items.

Join in the Second Ribbon Cutting at 12 pm at the Bugling Bull, located in the Courtyard behind Capture Colorado on Main Street. Recently, the Bugling Bull owned by Ken, Bunny, and Chelsea Heersink, has received a new liquor license for their restaurant. They are concentrating on featuring Craft products made in Colorado. The beer on tap is brewed and supplied by Square Peg Brewerks in Alamosa. The Bugling Bull also features a diverse menu with appetizers, entrees, and specialty deserts. There really is something for the whole family. Come enjoy some delicious food and brews, and relax in the beautiful courtyard where the grass is always green.

Don’t forget to play a game of corn hole while you’re here!


State Representative Donald Valdez announcement this Saturday at 2:15 pm at the county courthouse

WALSENBURG — Please join Donald Valdez at the Huerfano County Courthouse steps for a special announcement at 2:15 pm Saturday, June 29.


2nd Annual Cuchara Mountain Park Fundraiser “Life is a Cabaret”

LA VETA — This year Andy is bringing his whole band down from Denver to entertain us Saturday, June 29, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile, The show will feature a Beatles Medley (with Audience Sing-along), light jazz, Broadway, operetta, comedy, and more! Music by The Andy Hackbarth Band, Corrie Donovan, soprano Jennifer Carr, pianist, and other special guests. The Andy Hackbarth Band is composed of 5 musicians – Guitarists, String Bass, Violinist, and Drummer who have been playing and touring together with Andy for several years. General ad- mission tickets are $25. VIP tickets are $50 which includes Cu- chara Mountain Park Supporter’s Reception with the performers, light appetizers with a glass of wine or beer, and reserved seating in the first several rows. Start time: 6:15 pm. Proceeds to benefit the Cuchara Mountain Park in Huerfano County.


Allan Goodwin comedy show at the Fox Theatre

WALSENBURG — Allan Goodwin is one of the funniest and respected comics on the circuit today, who brings the laughter to any room, anywhere, anytime. Goodwin will perform Saturday, June 29, 8 pm at the Fox Theatre. He connects with his audiences with relevant material describing his own observations and experiences. Al works in almost every area of the country—performing for large corporate events and galas, large military events, private parties, clubs, colleges and barmitzvahs. Tickets here:


La Veta Pride Parade

LA VETA — We’ll meet at the Library Sunday, June 30, 11 am and march on the sidewalks down Main St. to Ryus and into the park.


Cuchara Mountain Park’s “Welcome to summer” open house

CUCHARA — Join us in celebrating summer at our beautiful park Sunday, June 30, 12 to 4 pm. Enjoy hot dogs, ice cream, guided nature hike, duck race with prizes, disc golf (bring your own discs), display of Day Lodge renovation drawings, hanging out on the deck, meeting friends and making new ones. Might even be music, who knows?! Food, fun, and friends at this free event. For more information visit: Visit the park at 1234 Panadero Avenue and see for yourself!


Texas Rex & Darrin Kobetich at Deerprint

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


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

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


Walsenburg 4th of July Block Party

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


4th of July Fireworks at Lathrop State Park

WALSENBURG — Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, in collaboration with Lathrop State Park, will be hosting this year’s 4th of July Fireworks show Thursday, July 4, at dusk.

This year’s Fireworks Display will be shot off over Martin Lake. This should be an awesome show this year! Be sure to enjoy the many county wide events scheduled during the day to celebrate our independence. Plan to finish the day with a fantastic fireworks display over Martin Lake! Parks passes are required.


Independence Day Parade and Push Boat Race

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

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


Spanish Peaks Music Festival July 5 – 6

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

There are still a few camping spots left and tickets are going fast. Don’t be the one to miss this awesome venue. Email our camp hosts Ryan & Andrea Palmer at ra- to insure your campsite.

Go online and purchase your tickets for this years concert:


16th Annual La Veta Mud Fest

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


Free sports physicals at the Family Medicine Clinic

WALSENBURG — Jerriann Vigil PA and Regina Griego NP will be providing free sports physicals to Huerfano County Student/Athletes in need. The physicals will be performed at The Family Medicine Clinic at 100 West 4th Street on Friday, July 12th and Friday, July 19th from noon until 5 pm. There will be no scheduling necessary, exam will be performed in the order the student/athlete arrives and has all of the necessary paperwork completed. A PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY THE STUDENT/ATHLETE to complete and sign the necessary paperwork.


Navajo sand painting

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


Western Rendezvous art show at SPACe

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

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



Music on the Lawn at THM

TRINIDAD — Enjoy free live music on the west lawn of the Bloom Mansion at the Trini- dad History Museum, 120 S Chestnut St., Friday, June 28, 6 pm. This week’s performer is James P. Dougherty Jr. Food and drink avail- able for purchase. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket! For more information call 719-846-7217.


Santa Fe Trail Days Festival

TRINIDAD — Join us on Main St. in Historic Downtown Trinidad Friday, June 28, 4 pm and Saturday, 29, 8 am to for the 2019 Santa Fe Trail Days. Two days of celebration including music, events and vendors at Main Street and Commercial Street.

Friday, June 28, walk along Main and enjoy the vendors and events then at 8-11pm, enjoy a free concert featuring Cappton Reid, at the Beer Garden.

Saturday, June 29, schedule includes: Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by Trinidad Rotary, at Beer Garden 8am-10am; 4th Annual Touch a Truck, Sponsored by SCFC, 11am to 1 pm on Elm Street across from Dog Park; High Noon Shoot Out, Corner of Commercial and Main, 12 pm; Vendors Downtown all day; Beer Garden on Commercial with bands scheduled all day/night; Whisky Creek at Beer Garden, 8-12 pm; Kids Field Day races all day; Trinidad Community Foundation and Phil Long- Ride for the Win- kids Bike Rally and Pet Parade.


Boncarbo flea market

BONCARBO — The annual flea market is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 8 am to 2 pm at the Boncarbo Fire Station,14589 CR 57.7. The market is sponsored by the Boncarbo Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary. BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE for $10. Vendors should arrive between 6:30am – 7am. Call 719-846-8538 to reserve and for more information.


Cokedale community garage sale and museum open house

COKEDALE — The Town of Cokedale, 8 miles west of Trinidad on Hwy 12 invites you to their annual community garage sale, Saturday, June 29, 9 am to 5 pm. The Cokedale Museumwillbeopen9amto1pmandad- mission is free.


Trinidad Farmer’s Market every Saturday

TRINIDAD — Come and enjoy the Trinidad Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning 8 am until noon, rain or shine. The market is located in Cimino Park, located at the corner of Convent street and Modica street. Treat yourself to fresh fruit & vegetables, eggs & goat cheese, breakfast burritos & homemade tamales, herbal tinctures & CBD, artwork, jewelry, handmade soaps & a chair massage, For more information go to


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 in- formation 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 Gil- strap 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 Potluck 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 class- mate, please let us know so we can get the word out!


2nd Annual Make Art Fair at Trinidad History Museum

TRINIDAD — The Arts Council of Trinidad invites you to join us for our second annual Make Art Fair Saturday, June 29, 9 am to 3 pm at Trinidad History Museum, 312 E Main Street. This free event is family friendly and will give everyone the opportunity to learn 5 or more new art media. New media this year: alcohol-ink abstracts, geometric design making, and pour painting. Returning media: batik and mandala rock painting. All materials and instruction provided at no cost to participants. Come learn one medium or try as many as you can. Event is come and go.


LAC Republican Women Lincoln Day Dinner

TRINIDAD — The Las Animas County Republican Women will be hosting the Annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, June 29, at the Holiday Inn, Trinidad located at 3130 Santa Fe Trail Drive. The reception will begin at 5:30 pm followed by dinner at 6. Tickets are $30 and are available by reservation, please call (719) 845-9544 or (719) 680-0346.

Colorado House Republican Leader Pat- rick Neville will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner. Representative Patrick Neville is serving his third term in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing House District 45, Castle Rock. He has served as the House Republican Leader since November 2016. He is also a retired Army Captain. While in the Army, Representative Neville was deployed to Iraq and served in the battle of Sadr City as a Platoon Leader. He was fortunate to be surrounded by the best Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and owes much of his success to them. His awards include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal (OLC) and Army Achievement Medal.

Representative Neville was blessed to marry his high school sweetheart Kristi at the age of 22. They currently live in Castle Rock, where they raise their three girls, Mary Katelyn, Hannah, and Lydia.

“Digging up our past” at Trinidad Lake

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Lake State Park presents “Digging up our past” with Kimberly Munro and Craig Dengel Saturday, June 29, 6 to 8 pm at the amphitheater. This program describes how small fragments of pottery from bowls, plates, and jugs from old villages or small settlements can tell about the life and culture of the people who lived there. In the presentation Munro and Dengel will discuss the archaeological excavations at Trinidad Lake which took place just before the construction of the dam. They will also use some of the ancient techniques to make the pottery that was used by the people who lived there.

Kimberly Munro is an archaeologist with over a decade of experience working in Peru. She is an instructor at TSJC. Craig Dengel is currently the base archaeologist for the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.

This event is free but all vehicles must have a valid park pass.


Wind River Band at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Wind River Band will play Saturday, July 29, 8pm-12 am at Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 County Road 41.6, Aguilar. There is a $5 cover charge. Spanish Peaks Inn is located in a beautiful setting so enjoy the day and visit the Inn this week. 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.


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


Canvas & Conversation

TRINIDAD —The monthly Canvas and Conversation at Mt Carmel Wellness Center, 911 Robinson Ave. will be Monday, July 1, 6- 8 pm. The cost for the class is $25 per person which includes art supplies, snacks, glass of wine and wonderful conversation! Call Patricia Duran at 719-845-4875 to reserve your spot or email Patricia at


Downtown Trinidad 4th of July fun

TRINIDAD — Come out to downtown Trinidad for a full day of fun, Thursday, July 4. The schedule is:
11am – Water Parade, Sponsored by Southern Colorado Family Center, Main Street- Post Office to Animas to Cimino Park, Bring water guns and be prepared to get wet. Entry fee is $30 to be in the parade. NO WATER BALLOONS. Visit or call 719-251-6509. 12 am to5 pm – Festivities at Central Park- Sponsored by Trinidad Historic Mainstreet. VENDORS WANTED, Kimberly M. Schultz 719-859-1008. $6 Admission Charged for event-will receive stamp for game and Fireworks

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

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


Trinidad History Museum Band at Trinidad Lake State Park

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


First Friday Art Walk

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


SCRT presents “Grounded”

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


RaBa Cinco ~ Simpson’s Rest 2 Mile Hill Challenge

TRINIDAD — Join us for a 2 mile Run/Walk up and back down the dirt road leading to Simpson’s Rest Sunday, July 7, 8:30 am. Enjoy spectacular views of Trinidad, Fishers Peak, and the surrounding area while you traverse the roughly maintained dirt course. Approximately 300 ft elevation is gained on the uphill. The course surface is rough but wide. This event is hosted by Run Trinidad and is part of the RaBa Cinco Series. Medals to the top 3 Male and Female runners and walkers. RaBa Cinco points awarded.

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

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



Last chance to see “Mary Poppins” at the Shuler

RATON — The Santa Fe Trail School of the Performing Arts presents “Mary Poppins” continues 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.

Friday, June 28 7:00 PM Saturday, June 29 7:00 PM

For more information call 575-445-3591.


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 continue Thursday, June 27, 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. Space is currently limited to the first 10 people.


Ranch Sorting Competition

SPRINGER — There will be a Ranch Sorting competition at the Colfax County Fair Grounds Rodeo Arena Saturday, June 29, 10 am. This competition is sponsored by Colfax County Fair Association as a fundraiser for the county fair.

The entry fee is $50 which includes a $10 stock charge for each contestant. The stock charge goes directly to the fair association. There will be concessions available and no general admission charge. The competition is a great spectator event, especially if you’re into the local ranching culture

The event is a timed in which 2 horse backers attempt to sequentially “sort” 10 head of cattle from one 60 ft round pen to another 60 ft round pen within a pre-specified time limit. The number of runs or works each contestant has will depend upon the number of entrants, it could possibly be a round robin jack pot in which case each contestant would compete as a partner with all of the other contestants individually, but the contestants are usually guaranteed a minimum of five runs. Contact Mike Hobbs at 575-447-3887 for more information.


Car seat inspection clinic

RATON — The New Mexico Department Of Transportation wants to help you make sure your car seat is installed perfectly for your children’s protection. Teaming up with safer New Mexico now, they are holding a clinic in Raton on Saturday, June 29, 10 am to noon at the old Kmart parking lot. This event is meant to provide a hands on instruction on how to properly install a car seat and making sure the correct seat is being used for your child’s weight and height. A nationally certified child passenger safety technician will spend time educating parents and caregivers. They will also be able to tell parents if a car seat has been recalled, expired, or deemed otherwise unsafe.


St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish Fiesta

SPRINGER — The St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish will have a fiesta Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30 featuring Cash BINGO on Saturday and food booths on Sunday. Doors for Saturday Bingo open at 4 pm; games start at 5 pm. $15 for 2 packs and concessions are available. Tickets are on sale at St. Joseph & ICC Parish Offices or from any Fundraising Committee Member.

Sunday, June 30 there will be food booths at Museum Park which starts at 11 am. Booths include: Vietnamese, Filipino, New Mexican Cuisine, Dessert, and Drink Booths. There will be a Fiesta raffle drawing at 3 pm with a $1000 cash prize and five $100 consolation prizes.


Summer Sunday services at Johnson Mesa Church

JOHNSON MESA — It is time for Sunday worship at the Little Rock Church on the mesa. The services for June 30 through August 4 will all begin at 2:30 pm. The annual picnic will be held on August 11th and will begin with a potluck meal at noon.

June 30 – Message will be brought by Dr. John McGarey, of the First Presbyterian Church in Raton.
July 7 – Message will be brought by Pastor Ed Buerkle, of the Calvary Baptist Church in Raton.


Seeds Family Worship event at Shuler

RATON — We are embarking on our first Seeds Family Worship Summer Tour Tuesday, July 2, 6:30 pm at the Shuler Theater. The tour is called TRUST JESUS! On this tour, we are coming with a full Seeds Family Worship Band (of 5-8 people) lead by Jason Houser. The band is made up of youth 16-20 years old that are passionate about Jesus, love worship, and have a heart to minister to kids and families. This Event is FREE for the whole Family!

This is an incredible family event for parents and kids to experience together! The event was specifically designed for worshipful engagement of all ages- toddlers to grandparents. The event is filled with fun, interactive moments for the entire family. This live event is an investment into the families of your church that will leave both kids and parents filled with God Word and a deepening awareness of His love in their lives. More Info at:


Grand Reopening Ribbon Cutting at Honeysuckle Station

RATON — Join us in celebrating new ownership Wednesday, July 3, 11 am at Honeysuckle Station. Stop by and shop while enjoying refreshments provided by us! Spend at least $25 and receive an entry into our grand prize drawing!


Maverick Club Rodeo dance

CIMARRON — The annual Maverick Club Rodeo dance will be held Wednesday, July 3, 8 pm to 12 am at the Maverick Rodeo Grounds. Music by The Rifters! Admission is $10 at the door.


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

RATON — The annual “Red White & Blue Ragtime Revue” will be held Saturday, July 6, 7 pm at the Shuler Theater. “Although he is only twenty-six years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. In 2007, he appeared alongside John Arpin at the Bohem Rag- time and Jazz Festival in the Republic of Hungary and has also toured Switzerland and Australia. Adam made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with Michael Feinstein. Adam has played at the prestigious Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and privately for noted Disney/Hollywood composer Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins, etc.). In 2013, Adam made his first appearance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C.” For more information visit:


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 loca- tions 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 Bar- field at 575-707-0147 or


Mental Health First Aid class forming

RATON — Miner’s Colfax Medical Center will be having a Mental Health First Aid class coming up sometime in the future. They need to have a certain amount of people signed up before they can set a date. If you are interested in taking this class or finding out more about it, please contact Gloria Neurauter at: or (575)445-4516



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!

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

WALSENBURG — On Saturday morning, June 29, kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge by participating in a program focused on the riparian zones at Lathrop. They will get an over- view of the plants and animals that reside in the park’s wetter habitats. The activity will begin at 9 am at the Wetlands Walk parking area (in-between the lakes).


La Veta Library summer program

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


Fridays For Fun: Totem building

LA VETA — Design and create your own personal totem pole at Fridays For Fun at The La Veta School of the Arts, 105 W. Ryus, La Veta on Friday, July 5, 1 to 3 pm. Kate McCabe will help you choose your favorite animals and symbols to portray yourself and your house. You can also bring objects to place into your totem. If you call ahead or pre-register online to reserve a place in class, your cost is only $10. 719-742-3421 or

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 Intergenerational 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.


Spanish Peaks Library summer reading program

WALSENBURG — Spanish Peaks Library will be having “A Uni- verse of Stories” summer reading program for the month of July. The program will blast off with Mr. E and Kyle Groves and their “Reach for the Stars” magic show. The show will be Tuesday, July 2, 11 am – 12 pm. You can also register that day for the program. Throughout the program children can earn prizes for reading and coming to library programs. For information call Ms. Sherry at the library at 738-2774 or email her at You can also visit us on Facebook at Spanish Peaks Library District.


Art for Kids-ya gotta have art starts soon

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 begins July 8

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: spa-


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 are 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 face-book page.



HOH: Imagine! Make Your World

TRINIDAD — What is our government and how does it work? What are our civic duties as citizens? The week of July 1 to 5, we will focus on civics. We will learn about local, state, and federal governments, checks and balances, and civil rights. We will also learn about how bills get passed, and more! 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 before the start of camp. We also have scholarships based on household size and income.

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


Nutritious lunches for kids and teens

TRINIDAD — Trinidad offers free lunches for children up to 18 years old at Trinidad Middle School Cafeteria, 614 Park Street (enter through the double doors past the loading dock) Monday through Friday, 11 am to 1 pm. The program runs through Friday, August 2. Adult meals are $3.75. For more information call 845-2051 or 846-3324. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Like us on for updates and info at “Trinidad Summer Lunch”.


Carnegie reading & youth programs

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

There are events scheduled for the younger set, ages 4 to 12 years old and for the older group, 11 to 18. Some of the events are for all age groups.

Create an eclipse! PLUS collecting micrometeorites;

Mon., July 8 – 1pm to 3pm at the library for kids 11 to 18 years

old. Juggler and juggle ball maker, Jon Norris; Wednesday, July 10, 10 am to 2pm at the Library for all participants.

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

Trinidad Middle School Science Teacher, Lisa Glorioso;

Wednesday, July 17, 1 to 3pm at the Community Center for all participants.

Celebration Day: Pool Party and close of program; Wednesday, July 24, 5to 7pm at the Community Center for all participants.

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

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


Kids fishing at Central Park with DOW Bob Holder

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


Aguilar Public Library summer reading program

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

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

Building and Explaining the Galaxy-Thursday, July 18 – Referencing books and other materials about various planets in our solar system, what they contribute to earth and our galaxy. Ages 4 to 10 years 10:30 to 11:30 am. Lunch at 12 to12:30 pm for both age groups. Young teens 11-16 yrs 1to 2 pm.

Story-time Puppet Club and Crafts-Thursday July 25 ages 4-10 yrs 10:30 to 11:30 am. “The Story of Penguinaut the Pup- pet,” crafting follows. Lunch at 12 pm for both age groups. Young teens 11 to 16 years, 1 to 2 pm, slime and gravity, craft- ing follows.

Movie and Popcorn- Thursday, August 1 4 to 10 years 10:30 to 11:30 am PBS “Our Sun is a Star.” Young teens 11 to 16 years, 1 to 2 pm. Nova “Apollo’s Daring Mission.” Adults are also welcome. No lunch on this day.



Springer summer reading program

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


Summer story hour ~ Johnson Library

RATON — The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Park Ave., presents “A Universe of Stories” Summer Story Hour, each Wednesday morning, 10 am beginning June 19 through July 31. Preschool through 3rd grade. (There will be no Pre- school Story Hour for the weeks of June 5th and June 12th.) Blast off with stories, crafts and handouts! Earn library dollars to spend the The Launch Pad for prizes!


Cimarron summer reading

CIMARRON — Cimarron Library’s Summer Reading Pro- gram, themed “A Universe of Stories” is for all youth (grades K – 12). The library will have activities Fridays, June 7 – July 26 (except for Friday, July 5th) from 9:30 – 11:30 am. There will be good reading, tasty snacks, and planned activities for the attendees!


RHA free breakfast and lunch program

RATON — Raton Housing Authority would like to announce the participation in the Summer Food Service Program! The free lunch and breakfast program will begin on Monday, June 3 and go through Friday, August 7. Please join us at the following locations for free lunches for all children ages 1 through 18! Meals will be served Monday through Friday, however, no meals will be served on Thursday, July 4 due to the holiday.

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

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

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