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Upcoming Events for week of May 16, 2019


Fly your flags on Memorial Day

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS/COLFAX — The Walsenburg Woman’s Club urges everyone to show our colors! Memorial Day is upon us. Let’s show all the summer visitors coming through our “World” starting Memorial Day weekend our colors; the “GREAT red, white and blue.”

We are asking all townspeople and businesses to fly the great flag of the USA – from large flags to small flags. Please put them out on lawns or homes. It is always nice to see that flag on any given day to remember the women and men who have served and who have been there for our country. Fly the flag in their honor.

Remember the sad day – 9/11? Everyone flew the flag for all those lost in New York. Lets give our visitors something to go home and talk about what they saw in our world. Fly it proudly throughout the summer!



Huerfano County Farmers Markets

GARDNER/LA VETA/WALSENBURG — The 2019 farmers market season is here!

The La Veta market is in its 8th year,. The Market begins the season today, Thursday, May 16, 3-6 pm in the grassy area in front of the fort museum on Main Street. The La Veta market will run each Thursday, 3 -6 pm May 16 through October 17. This market does not accept SNAP but there is a low income 2 for 1 produce program. This year the program will also include value added products such as pickled produce, vegetable pies, etc.. Please ask to make sure the product and vendor are included in the program.

The Gardner market is in its 9th year. The market begins Saturday, May 18, 10 am to 12:30 pm under the pavilion next to the Methodist church on Rt 69. The Gardner market runs every Saturday May 18 through October 12. This market does not accept SNAP but does have the same low income 2 for 1 produce program as the La Veta market. They also have a low income 2 for 1 protein program for meat, cheese & eggs run the same way as the produce program.

The Walsenburg market is in its 2nd year. The Walsenburg Farmers and Makers Market begins Sunday, June 2, 10 am-1 pm, in Heritage Park across from the courthouse. The Walsenburg market will run from each Sunday, 10 am to 1 pm from June 2 to sometime in September. The market does not yet accept SNAP but they are looking into it.


Spring Herb and Wildflower Walk #2 sign up today

LA VETA — Join local professional naturalist and ethnobotanist, Bob Kennemer, on Sunday, May 19, from 12 to 3 pm on a guided walk in and around La Veta. We will identify early sea- son flowers along with edible, useful, medicinal, and poisonous wild plants. This is the second in a series of forays and lectures focusing on historical uses of wild plants, mushrooms, and the natural history of the Cuchara Valley and Spanish Peaks region. Due to a wet winter and spring there is a huge variety of flowers and plants popping out, many that we have not seen in years! Participants MUST register by Thursday, May 16! For information on gear, clothing, fitness level, meeting location, and to register, email Bob at:


Upper Huerfano Conservation District Board Meeting

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the Upper Huerfano Conservation District Board meeting will be today, Thursday, May 16, 5:30 pm at 711 Walsen Ave, Suite A. For more information call 719-695-3335.


Huerfano County Democratic Party meeting tonight

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the central committee of the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be held tonight, Thursday, May 16, 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!


Senior Showcase and Music Awards

WALSENBURG — Come celebrate our awesome graduating class of 2019 Thursday, May 16, 6 pm at John Mall High School. This year’s banquet will be catered by the recently opened Planet Pizza! Dinner will start at 6 pm. Awards and Showcase will begin at 6:30.


Family Game Night at the Mercantile

LA VETA — Join us at Family Game Night Thursday, May 16, 7 to 9 pm! Beer, wine, soda, coffee, snacks, music, and GAMES!! Fight that boredom and join your neighbors for Board Games with our fearless leader, John Costea. Support our local merchants this spring… we all need each other!


Artists invited to show their artwork

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) invites artists working in all media to show their work in two upcom- ing shows. The next show at SPACe is the micro-MACRO show. Artists may enter a work of original art plus a postcard size “detail” created from a part of the original piece for the single entry fee of $5 for both pieces. Visit the SPACe website for complete details. Artwork may be brought to SPACe Thursday, May 16 between 11 am – 2 pm or Saturday, May 18 between 10 am – 2 pm.

In addition, the deadline for entering the 2019 Western Rendezvous Show is Wednesday, May 15. Artists may submit digital images of up to 3 original works of art for a fee of $35. This is a juried and judged show with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Selected artists will be notified by May 25. Artwork will be due at SPACe the week of June 10. Artists may enter through the CaFE (Call for Entries) website or through the SPACe website Complete details are posted at that link. For questions, call 719 742-3074 Thurs & Tues, 11 am – 2 pm or Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm.


Pub Night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The next Pub Night at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main St., is Friday, May 17, 6 pm. Come out to enjoy Pub food and live music from the Celtic Orphans. There is no admission charge and adult beverages, soda, tea, coffee, and food are avail- able for purchase.


Izzy Heltai at La Plaza Inn

WALSENBURG — Join Western, Massachusetts based Folk Singer-songwriter Izzy Heltai on tour in support of his newest release ‘Only Yesterday’ Friday, May 17, 7 pm, at La Plaza Inn.

Izzy Heltai is an indie-folk singer-songwriter who puts a unique twist on traditional story-telling. Based out of Northampton, Massachusetts, Izzy’s songs reference specific images while simultaneously addressing broader universal truths, often inspired by the natural beauty of Western Massachusetts.


Colorado Public Lands Day at Lathrop

WALSENBURG — Saturday, May 18, Lathrop State Park will celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day and Kids to Parks Day with a program for kids and their families. Participants will learn about the Leave No Trace principles through fun activities. Kids will earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate. The activity will begin at 9 am at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.

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 about 3 miles west of Walsenburg on highway 160.


Lorraine and Amy perform free concert at Miners Plaza Saturday

WALSENBURG — We are excited to welcome Lorraine and Amy to downtown Walsenburg Saturday May 18, 5 pm for a free concert. Come enjoy an evening of music at Miners Plaza, across the street from Serendipity!


Mothers & Military dinner at United Church in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Celebrate and honor both our Mothers and our Military personnel and veterans with a M&M community dinner, one in a series of dinners at the United Church, across from Loaf ‘n Jug on Main Street. The dinner starts at 6 pm, Saturday, May 18, the menu will be medallions (beef medallions in sauce/gravy), mashed potatoes, melons, muffins, M&M candies for dessert, milk (flavorings provided, plus water and coffee). The dinner is free; however donations are welcome. Again, there will be live music, and possibly a door prize or two.


Cuchara Chapel service

CUCHARA — Services are held at 10 am every Sunday at the Cuchara Chapel, located just south of Cuchara Village on Hwy 12. Rev. Eileen Ramsey presides. All welcome, come as you are. ADA accessible.


Sporleder Centennial Ranch history at Spanish Peaks Public Library

WALSENBURG — As a part of our History Happenings Sunday Salon Series, Gretchen Sporleder-Orr and Karl Sporleder family will present a lecture on the Centennial Farms/ Ranches featuring their own ranch which was recently inducted as a Centennial Ranch Sunday, May 19, 2 pm, at Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue. The Sporleders are one of our most historic pioneer families so this should be a fascinating presentation in Walsenburg. We hope you will be able to attend. Thanks for being part of the Huerfano County Historical Society.


Free legal clinic at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — There will be a free legal clinic Monday, May 20, 1:30-3 pm at the Spanish Peaks Library. The clinic is hosted by the 3rd Judicial District Access to Justice Committee, Southern Colorado Legal Services, and the Spanish Peaks Library District each month. CLS will provide free 15-20 minute consultations for eligible parties based on CLS income and asset criteria. For more information regarding eligibility, please call the 3rd Judicial District Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator, Kate Johnson, at (719) 695-6555.


Water Conservancy District Board meeting

WALSENBURG — The Board of Directors of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet Monday, May 20, 6 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority, 220 Russell Avenue. Agenda items will include: grant project updates; Sheep Mtn Aug Facility Phase 3 update; early flood warning gage installation update; headgate restoration study meeting; river reports; director committee reports. The meeting is open to the public. An executive session may be held near the end of the meeting if needed to discuss ongoing litigation; real, personal or other property interests; receiving legal advice on specific legal questions; and to determine positions on negotiations.


WOW Wednesday

LA VETA — Walk or Wheel (WOW) to school on Wednesday, May 22, 7 am. We meet students at the Town Hall at 7 am and hand out little charms on a chain as a reward for participating. At 7:15 a.m. we depart the Town Hall and walk or bike to school. Your volunteer service is pretty much over by 7:30. We recruit volunteer escorts to walk and bike with the students.


Spanish Peaks Business Alliance summer kick-off happy hour mixer

WALSENBURG — Spanish Peak Business Alliance invites local business owners to our summer kick off happy hour mixer Wednesday, May 22, 4 to 6 pm at the Spanish Peaks Country Welcome Center, 400 Main St. (train depot).

Learn how to use internet platforms to boost your business and get noticed by tourists and travelers. Bring menus and brochures to the welcome center.

The mixer is free for members, $10 for non-members.


Housing survey needs assessment

HUERFANO COUNTY — Huerfano County is conducting a housing needs assessment and needs feedback from the community, particularly renters, about the current rental market and community development needs in Huerfano County. The survey will close on Friday, May 24. The results of the survey will be used to guide strategies for developing and funding housing programs and services. All surveys responses are anonymous.

A link to the survey is available here:

Please share this survey information with family, friends, neighbors, staff, and colleagues. If they would prefer to fill out a paper survey they can visit the Spanish Peaks Welcome Center in Walsenburg, located in the old train depot at 400 Main Street, Walsenburg.


Upper Huerfano Conservation District Local Work Group meeting luncheon

WALSENBURG — The UHCD invites you to attend their 2018 locally led conservation meeting Thursday, May 23, 12 to 2 pm at the Spanish Peaks Library. Your participation provides the conservation district an opportunity to make sure that their local programs are supporting your current needs as land- owners. Local Work Group meetings are held throughout the State to assist NRCS in providing Farm Bill Conservation Programs in Colorado.


Mike Clark at Deerprint Wine

LA VETA — Friday, May 24, 6 to 8 pm at Deerprint Wine, 106 E Francisco St., Mike Clark will perform. Clark is a prolific songwriter and performer whose past projects run the gamut from country-punk (The Jack Trades) to bluegrass (Crow Flies) to gypsy folk (The Ghost of Michael Clark). Clark’s alter ego as one-fifth of the popular Pueblo Americana outfit The Haunted Windchimes and The River Arkansas, has seen him sharing stages with everyone from Ramblin’ Jack Elliott to Garrison Keillor, playing before a listening audience of 4 mil- lion on A Prairie Home Companion last year. For more information call 719-650-2079.


Jess Wayne on the Patio at La Plaza

WALSENBURG — Jess Wayne will be the featured performer Friday, May 24, 7 pm at La Plaza Inn. Wayne is a Los Angeles area musician, singer-songwriter, poet and writer. His music is a fusion of “Modern Folk, Blues, easy Jazz and a dash of Americana” with “wisdom and honesty.” Imagine a mellow Neil Young playing with a peaceful Van Morrison backed by Sting’s jazz band. Ultimately, a soul to soul, heart to heart con- versation – spiritual, thoughtful, philosophical, life embracing. The journey has been a very long ride. Now Jess is writing his own music with his own distinct voice – a singer/songwriter with huge variety because each song teaches him what it is about and what it wants. Music to feed and heal souls.


LVFPD open house

LA VETA — The La Veta Fire Protection District invites every- one to the Community Appreciation & Open House Saturday, May 25, 2 to 4 pm at the LVFPD Station, 100 Birch Street. We will be doing volunteer recruitment for our programs: Fire, EMS, Junior Fire Fighters & Auxiliary, plus many other activities. Here is the schedule for the day:

2:00 – 2:30 pm: Tours of the Station, Fire and EMS apparatus and equipment, and demonstration of ladder truck and brush truck
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Late light lunch “Chicago Dogs” – LVFPD Auxiliary. Thank you to emergency personnel CSP, LV Marshall, LVFPD during recent Motor Vehicle Accident response. Presentation – LVFPD Strategic Planning process and finances – LVFPD Board Presentation – What it means to be a Volunteer Fire Fighter and EMS Technician – Officers, Career Path Possibilities – for those with an interest emergency services – Past Volunteers who now have rewarding full time careers

3:30 – 4 pm: Interviews and discussions with interested volunteers – LVFPD Department Heads and Officers Throughout the event: Free Blood Pressure checks – EMS Team. Bring your children and cameras for photo ops in the fire trucks


Opening reception at La Veta Gallery

LA VETA — Two of the area’s most popular artists – potter Lori Hannan of Red Cloud Pottery in Rye and photographer Russel Austin of rural La Veta, will be the featured artists for the upcoming show at La Veta Gallery on Main. The show opens with a “meet the artists” reception Saturday, May 25, from 5 to 7 pm, and will run thru June 25.

Lori came to our area in the late nineties and Russel arrived in late 2009. Both draw inspiration from the natural world here. Russel’s forte is high resolution realism; Lori’s is abstract texture and color. Each equally stunning! For more information visit:


“Micro-Macro” show reception at SPACe Gallery

LA VETA — The reception at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus, for the new show “Micro-Macro” is Saturday, May 25, 5 to 7 pm. Stop by, enjoy refreshments and visit with the artists and your friends. The show also features a collection of original art by the Apishapa Valley Artists (AVA). Enjoy delicious snacks, drinks and good company. The show will be on display until June 15. SPACe . No admission fee.


Kurt Corsair in the Library Cafe at La Plaza Inn

WALSENBURG — Kurt Corsair, a career cowboy/rancher will be performing Saturday, May 25, 6 pm at La Plaza Inn. He is a singer-songwriter and writes of his lived experiences on large ranches all over the western U.S.. He also writes with a classic country sound as well as real Americana folk.


Pint & A Half at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — La Veta Mercantile is proud to welcome to the stage Pint & A Half Saturday, May 25, 7 pm. Rooted in Salida, CO and Truth or Consequences, NM, and led by songwriter Duke Sheppard and Tami Sheppard, Pint & a Half’s music rings out with memorable melodies, expansive vocal harmonies and lingering rhythms that celebrate the colorful tradition of folk, blues and country music and expand the group’s larger-than-life sound. Pint & A Half’s sizzling chemistry and talent for personal storytelling simmer during their energetic performances. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of show.


Memorial Day weekend at Francisco Fort Museum

LA VETA — Francisco Fort Museum is offering special holiday hours for Memorial Day weekend. The museum will be open on both Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27 of Memorial Day weekend from 10 am to 2 pm. Summer hours begin on May 28, and are 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

Built in 1862, Francisco Fort is the only original adobe settlement fort still standing in all of Colorado! The museum campus also includes, an 1876 log schoolhouse, La Veta’s first town hall, a saloon, two blacksmith shops, along with exhibits on medicine, mining/local industry, a Native American room, antique farm/ranch equipment, and more. The museum is located at 306 S. Main Street. For more information visit the website at or call 719-742-5501.


Annual Memorial Day celebration at La Veta Cemetery

LA VETA — The annual Memorial Day celebration at La Veta Cemetery will be held on Monday, May 27 at 10 am, hosted by Cuchara Valley Christian Community Services. It honors those veterans who gave service for us. Luncheon will be served afterward at La Veta Community Center, hosted by Huerfano Hometown Heroes and the American Legion.


Summer softball meeting

WALSENBURG — The captains’ meeting for the 2019 men’s and women’s softball season in Walsenburg will be Tuesday, May 28, at 6 pm at the ball field next to the community center. If you are unable to make it to the meeting or have any questions, contact Jerad Lessar at 719-989-8525.


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, May 30, 7 to 9 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


Open house at GOAL Academy

WALSENBURG — Are you an 8th grader or current high schooler looking for a different way to learn? Join us and learn about GOAL and all we have to offer Friday, May 31, 1 to 3 pm at our location 513 Main Street. Refreshments will be provided

The mission of GOAL is “Developing Productive Members of Society” by developing skills and preparing them for the workforce, for post-secondary education, and beyond. Our blended-learning high school serves students in grades 9- 12 with both online and face-to-face instruction at 27 locations in Colorado. We provide an opportunity to succeed for students who need better options. Our unique program repre- sents their best hope for a high school education and a brighter future. For more information call 1-877-PRO-GOAL, or visit


Lathrop Park Calendar Photo Contest

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

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


Contest is open to the general public to both amateur and professional photographers.

All photos must be original and taken by the submitting entrant.

All photos must have been taken at Lathrop State Park.

Entries need to be in a digital format. Please submit photos no later than July 12, 2019

To Enter:

Entries can be sent electronically to the GOCO Interpreter at, or brought in to the Visitor Center on a flash drive to be downloaded.

With the photo entry, please supply us with the photo- grapher’s name, address, e-mail and phone number.

Additionally, a release form will have to completed to allow us to use your image for our 2020 calendar only.

QUESTIONS? Call GOCO Interpreter Tom Macedo (719) 738-2376, ext. 6 or



Groundbreaking ceremony at Mt. San Rafael Hospital today

TRINIDAD — The public is invited to our Groundbreaking Ceremony Thursday, May 16, 11:30 am at the front entrance of Mt. San Rafael Hospital, 410 Benedicta Avenue. The ground- breaking is for our expansion project which will include a new emergency department, patient care unit and imaging center. For more information visit


Heritage Nights: antique facials at THM

TRINIDAD — Each month on the Third Thursday, 5 to 7 pm, the Trinidad History Museum, 120 S Chestnut St., will be host- ing a heritage night focusing on different aspects of Colorado life. The Thursday, May 16 topic will be Antique Facials. Enjoy sweets, treats, and hands-on activities! These programs are geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome.


Trigger host families needed

TRINIDAD — Be a part of the Triggers family! Consider being a host family today. Families are needed to house players for the summer. Do as dozens of families have done over the past six seasons by sponsoring one or more players as the Triggers enter into a new season. Contact Triggers GM Kimberly Schultz at 719-859-1008 or send a private message for the details and requirements. Host families have always been a part of the Independent League culture. Perhaps you could someday make the claim, “I had a major league baseball player live with me!”


Apply now for Trinidad grant program

TRINIDAD — Applications for the 2019 City of Trinidad Grant will be available from May 1st through May 17th. The Trinidad Community Foundation is once again assisting the City of Trinidad by processing this grant.

Non-profit organizations are eligible for these grant monies, and must meet the City of Trinidad grant requirements. Grant funds up to $1,500 per organization will be available.

Complete information and applications are available at the Trinidad Community Foundation office, located in the Johns Building at 136 W. Main St, Room 204, or by emailing your request to, or by calling the Trinidad Community Foundation office at 719-846-5940.


AARP Smart Driver Course

TRINIDAD — The new four hour refresher course from AARP Driver Safety will be of- fered at the Fishers Peak Senior Center, Friday, May 17, 9 am to 1 pm. Learn valuable defensive driving skills, stay current with new rules of the road, the latest driving technologies and much more. Drivers 55 years and older will get multi-year discounts on their auto insurance. Register or get more information by cal- ling 719-868-2288.


Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Spanish Peaks Inn located in beautiful Gulnare, Colorado offers weekly food specials. This week come out Friday, May 17 for delicious barbeque Chicken dinner. Spanish Peaks Inn also has lodging and RV spaces. For more information call 719- 941-4288.


Earth Mountain Education Farm Camp and Jam

WESTON — Enjoy a musical weekend on the mountain Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19. This is a family fun weekend, $15 per campsite or car at Earth Mountain Education Farm, 17613 CR 31.9. For more information and to make reservations call 719-680-0215.


Growing Readers Together-PLAY!

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas St., presented a series of 5 events for caregivers and kiddos ages 6 and under this spring. The final class will be Friday, May 17, 2 to 4 pm. The theme of the class is Play and the theme is Teddy bear sleep over! The classes are to help caregivers (babysitters, grandparents, and other non-licensed providers) and kiddos ages 6 and under, to come learn and play with us! Each participant will leave with a goodies bag of books and toys.


Trinidad PD Tip-a-Cop

TRINIDAD — The annual “Tip-a-Cop” fund- raiser supporting Special Olympics Colorado will be held Friday, May 17, 4 to 9 pm at Brix Sports Bar & Grill, 231 E Main Street. Come out and help the Trinidad PD supporting Special Olympics!


Guided Meditation: Flowing Creativity

TRINIDAD — Friday, May 17, 7 pm at Hearth of the Goddess join us for this free guided meditation focusing on allowing your creativity to be free and flowing.

This meditation is open to people of all backgrounds, and the main goal is to take some time from our busy lives to relax and focus on self-care.

We recommend bringing yoga mats, blankets and pillows from home to make the floor more comfortable while we meditate.


Armed Forces Day Parade and free picnic lunch

TRINIDAD — Trinidad celebrates Armed Forces Day with a parade and free lunch, Saturday, May 18, 10 am. The parade is presented by the Las Animas County Veteran’s Memorial Committee and features the Fort Carson Marching Band and Color Guard. Patriotic floats, bikers, and classic cars to give veterans a ride in the parade welcome.

The parade begins at Elm & Linden, north to Main Street, west to Animas, to City Hall parking lot.

9:00 Line-up 516 E. Elm
10:00 Parade
11:30 Ceremony at Memorial Park (corner of Cimino Park)
12:00 Free Picnic Lunch served by Trinidad Kiwanis at Cimino Park following the parade. For more information call 719-846-8223.


Tourism board new meeting days

TRINIDAD — Please be advised that the City of Trinidad Tourism Board will now be meet- ing on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 9 am beginning in May, 2019.

The next meeting,Tuesday, May 21, 9 am. The agenda will be posted at City Hall by 9 am on the Mondays preceding the meetings.


Trinidad Catholic Cemetery decorations policy

TRINIDAD — Memorial Day flowers and memorials may be placed on grave sites on or after May 22, 2019 and must be removed no later than June 6, 2019, per the Cemetery Policy and Procedures.


TLAC Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting

TRINIDAD — Join the Chamber of Commerce for our monthly luncheon Wednesday, May 22, 12 pm at the Pioneer Room at TSJC. The luncheon is open to anyone in the community. The cost for the lunch is $12. If you make a reservation and find you cannot at- tend, please cancel with us within 24 hours of the event so you will not be billed. Please RSVP as soon as possible by email,, or by phone 719-846- 9285.


Small Business development day

TRINIDAD — Come learn what it takes to become a bidder on federal agency projects (not just USACE) Wednesday, May 22, 1 to 3 pm in the Pioneer Room at TSJC. The pro- gram is hosted by Trinidad Lake, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This event is free and open to everyone! Discover the potential U.S. Army Corps opportunities for your small business and learn key requirements for doing business with he Federal government’s SAM- System for Awards Management program.


Learn to self manage chronic disease

TRINIDAD — Chronic Disease Self-Management classes begin Thursday, May 23 1 to 4 pm at Mt. Carmel Health and Wellness Center, 911 Robinson. The classes are free and will run each Thursday until June 27. Call Misty Krokoski, 719-845-4880 to register.


Trinidad Community Farmers Market Opening

TRINIDAD — Let’s celebrate and kick off our 2019 Season Saturday, May 25, 8 am to 12 pm. Spring produce, great food, crafts, art and community will be available every Saturday morning 8 am – noon May 25 through mid October. Opening Day will Feature Steele Street Acoustic Band 9 am-noon .

The Trinidad Community Farmers Mar- ket provides a marketplace where fresh and wholesome products are sold.


RaBa Cinco “Orphans vs. Lost Souls” 5k/3.5mi

AGUILAR — The 2019 RaBa Cinco series of runs take place in the Raton Basin counties of Colfax (Raton) in New Mexico, Las Animas (Trinidad) and Huerfano. The next run, scheduled for Saturday, May 25 pits the Huerfano County “Orphans” against the Las Animas County “Lost Souls” in a 5k/3.5mi race in Aguilar.

Sign up for the series by e-mailing or Provide your name according to the way you will register for the individual events, indicate male or fe- male and your city & state residence. Request confirmation of receipt. For more information call 303-746-3092.


Aromatherapy bath salts workshop

TRINIDAD — Learn how to make your own bath salts Monday, May 27, 7 to 8 pm at Hearth of the Goddess, 149 E Main St #4. This workshop will demonstrate various methods of creating bath salts infused with herbs and essential oils to relax or invigorate yourself after a long day.

Every participant will be able to create a custom bath salt blend, and take it home with them to enjoy at their leisure. The $10 admission fee will cover the lecture and materials to make a batch of aromatherapy bath salts. Cash and credit are accepted. For more information call 719-680-3663.


Sign up for Summer Program at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Library staff is pleased to announce this year’s Summer Pro- gram for kids. All children, aged 0 to 18 are welcome. We have a great lineup of events during the months of June and July.

You can sign your kids up for the Summer Program starting Tuesday, May 28. Register online at our website: Click the “Summer Reading Program” button near the top of the page for detailed information. Then register by click- ing the link at the bottom of the page. You can also register by coming to the Library.

The Summer Program is always loads of fun for the whole family. If you have kids, we hope to see you there. If you know of any families that may be interested, please pass the word on.


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., every other Friday beginning May 31, 6 pm. Food and drink available for purchase. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket!

May 31: House Band with Sam Young



Run For The Wall underway

CIMARRON — Every year on Armed Forces Day, the Run For The Wall riders come through Cimarron on their way to Washington DC and stop at our Veterans Memorial for a brief cere- mony. The Run for the Wall continues through Friday, May 24.

The schedule of events:
• Friday May 17, spaghetti dinner, 6 to 8 pm, Parish Hall
• Saturday, May 18 Ceremony, 7:30 am, Cimarron Veterans Memorial (followed by the riders coming through town).


Angel Fire Bike Park opening day

ANGEL FIRE — Angel Fire Bike Park is the largest Bike Park in the Rocky Mountains and has been voted Best in the Southwest by 5 years in a row! The opening day for the summer season is Friday, May 17. Come experience our 2,000+ vertical feet, 60+ miles of purpose built lift-served terrain featuring the best skinnies, jump lines, mani- cured flow and super chunk trails the United States has to offer. Visit: activities/bike-park/ for more information.


Birding day at Sugarite

RATON — A full day of birding activities will be held at Sugarite Canyon State Park Saturday, May 18 at 6:55 am.

The schedule for the day is:
6:55 a.m. Early Bird Special! Visitor Center.Join us for coffee & treats to watch birds such as goldfinches at the feeders.

8 a.m. Bird Walk for Beginners. Visitor Center. Take an easy half-mile walk along Chicorica Creek. Binoculars and guides provided.

9 a.m. Coffee with a Ranger. Lake Alice Campground. Enjoy coffee & doughnuts & some camp-chair birding! Binoculars, guides provided.

9 a.m. Intro to Bird Photography. Visitor Center. Join bird expert Tony Godfrey to learn the basics. Bring smart phone or camera.

10:30 a.m. Just for Kids. Soda Pocket Amphi- theater. Bird-related crafts, games and activities for kids. Designed for kids 6-12.

2 p.m. The Big Guys! Soda Pocket Camp- ground. Come meet live birds of prey, including some who migrate to our area.

4 p.m. The Big Guys! (Repeated) Lake Alice Campground. Come meet live birds of prey, including some who migrate to our area.

4 p.m. Lake Maloya Clean-up. Main Boat Ramp. Help us save birds from plastic trash like fishing line. Gloves/bags provided. Age 12 & up


HALOS 5K Run fundraiser

CIMARRON — Cimarron Halos will host a 5 K run/walk fundraiser Saturday, May 18, 8 am at the Philmont Scout Ranch Welcome Center. Participants may park in the Welcome Center lot. Registration forms can be found online at under the HALOS tab. The cost to walk is $25 per person, students are free. The first 75 participants receive a shirt. Prizes will be awarded for winners! For ques- tions or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Karen Gates at or follow us on Facebook.


Vermejo Park Brunches

VERMEJO PARK — The City of Raton Dept. of Parks and Recreation in partnership with Vermejo Park Ranch is offering Sunday Brunch at Vermejo Sunday, May 19, 11 am and 1:30 pm seatings.

This is meant to be a family experience and participants of all ages are welcome. Participants 13yr and up are $45 for dining room seating, $60 for veranda seating (all prices include taxes and gratuity). Youth 6-12 years of age are 1⁄2 price. Children 5yrs and younger are free. Live music and possible tours of the Casa Grande. First Come, First Serve. Limited seating available. Reservations become final when payment is received. Make payment payable to the Friends of Sugarite. For more information call the Dept of Park and Recreation at 575- 445-2413. (Please do not contact Vermejo Park Ranch)


RPBW May membership dinner & officer installation ceremony

RATON — Join Raton Professional Business Women for our monthly membership dinner Monday May 20, 5:30 pm at K- Bobs Steakhouse, 1228 S 2nd Street. We will hear updates on the State Conference from those who attended as well as have a special installation ceremony for our new 2019-2020 slate of officers. Guests welcome!


Groundwater resource management workshop

SPRINGER — Learn about groundwater resources of NE New Mexico Wednesday, May 22, 9 am – 12:00 pm at the Springer Recreational Center. The workshop is sponsored by the Colfax SWCD with funding from SWCC.

Groundwater is a crucial, yet invisible resource in north- eastern New Mexico. How do you assess the resources you have for your home, livestock and other agricultural uses? In this workshop we’ll talk about how we think about aquifers, the geology that controls our groundwater and how we deter- mine quantity and quality. Join Dr. Kate Zeigler for an informative session on groundwater resource management topics for Colfax County! Topics will include defining an aquifer, how we measure water levels, various water sample analyses that tell us about quality and potential recharge, and other related topics.

Please RSVP to Kareyl Vatlestad at Colfax SWCD: 575- 445-9471 x 8047 or email


Recharge Our Community economy workshop

RATON — The third of the four free workshops to “recharge Raton’ will take place Thursday, May 23, 9 am to 3 pm at Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd Street. Registration begins at 8:30 am, lunch is provided.

Help make our economy ROC! Your participation in this workshop could make a difference to the future health and wealth of Raton, New Mexico.

• Re-charging our community’s 8 Forms of Wealth (Individual, Social, Intellectual, Natural, Built, Political, Financial and Cul- tural);
• 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.

Register by calling or emailing: 575-224-6718


Raton outdoor market

RATON — The opening day for Raton’s Outdoor Market is Saturday, May 25, 9 am to 2 pm at Raton Visitors Center, 100 Clayton Road.

The Raton Outdoor Market at the Raton Visitor Center is on again! Market begins May 25 and runs every Saturday through Sept 28. Vendors can pick up applications at the Raton Visitor Center or call 575-445-3689 and request forms via email. Cost for Vendors is $5 per Saturday or just $35 for the season!


Summer of Color kickoff party

RATON — It’s time to get another beautiful summer in gear! Come out to Ripley Park Saturday, May 25, 5 to 8 pm for the summer kickoff party.

We’ll have Abe and Zoe Elliott to entertain you, and food trucks to feed you. Take a stroll downtown and check out the lights and flowers, or just hang out and enjoy the evening.


Sugarite Canyon Fishing Derby

RATON — The Sugarite Fishing Derby is a nine-day fishing extravaganza at Sugarite Canyon State Park, Saturday, May 25, 6 am through Tuesday, May 28, 12 pm. Registered anglers fish at Lake Maloya for tagged trout, to get a chance at cash prizes up to $1,000. And every registered participant gets a chance at a 14-foot V-hull Lowe boat and trailer! Registration is $10 per person.

There are daily door prizes, as well as a Kids’ Derby that will take place on Saturday, June 1.

You must pay regular entrance fee each day.
Contact the staff for more information. 575-445-5607.


30th Year Ordination celebration

SPRINGER — Everyone is cordially invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Daniel M Balizan and the graduation of Jacob Sanchez-Balizan from Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH on Sunday, May 26. Mass will be at St Joseph’s Catholic Church at 2 pm in Springer. A reception to follow at the Broken Arrow Motel.


Mandala Center worship service

DES MOINES — The monthly worship service at the Mandala Center led by the Rev. Tim Sexton will be Sunday, May 26. The service begins at 3 pm followed by a pot luck dinner. TMC is located at 96 Mandala Rd. 3 miles west of Des Moines, New Mexico. For more information call (575) 278-3002.


Valle Del Sol spaghetti dinner fundraiser

RATON — Wednesday, May 29 at 5 pm Valle Del Sol is hosting a spaghetti dinner at Denny’s, 430 Clayton Rd, as a fundraiser for their physio-social rehabilitation program. Tickets are avail- able at $10 for adults, and $5 for children. All proceeds will benefit Valle del Sol PSR group to help mentally challenged adults gain social and basic liv- ing skills to become more independent and connected with the community. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Betty Segura or Josh Duran at 575-383-2065.


Auditions for Children’s Production of “Robin Hood”

RATON — The SF Trail for Performing Arts will be holding auditions for Youth Theater on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 and 29, 1 to 3pm at the Isabel Castillo Building. The play is “Robin Hood”. Youth ages 8 to 18 are encouraged to audition. The performances are scheduled July 18 to 20.

All ages are welcome, especially ages 10 to 18, but there are parts for everyone! 35 speaking parts need to be filled, plus animals, non-speaking and back stage production people as well. If you love theater please join us in the fun! Sara Kowalski is the contact person.


Grin & Bear It mountain bike adventure ride

RATON — This ride is a little different for the Raton Cycling Club! It’s a mountain bike adventure ride that is meant to celebrate National Trails day, Saturday, June 1.

The ride begins at Sugarite visitors center at 10 am. The ride is 12 to 15 trial miles. Burgers, hot dogs and drinks after the ride at the Visitors center (Refreshments Courtesy of the Friends of Sugarite and Raton Cycling Club).

Please let me know as soon as you can if you will be able to make it. If you know of other folks that may want to participate, please invite them. You can go onto the American Hiking society’s website and look under National trails day. Look under “find an event” and enter the info and our event will pop up. Contact Robert (Mac) McIvor at 575- 445-5607 leave message or email me