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Upcoming Events for week of May 2, 2019


HCCC meets today

WALSENBURG — Come to the Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) meeting, which will be Thursday, May 2, 12 pm at the Huerfano County Ambulance Annex, 326 Main Street. Lunch will be served and many members of the community will be on hand to share their upcoming activities. If you would like to be on the agenda, please either call Debbie Channel at 719-250-9367 or email: dchannel@sprhc.


Today National Day of Prayer

WALSENBURG — The National Day of Prayer will be celebrated Thursday, May 2, 12 pm at the Courthouse. The theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer is “Love One Another” from John 13:34.

We desire to come together at this time, as disciples of Jesus Christ, known not by our creeds or doctrines, but by our love for one another as Jesus commanded. We want to pray for our local schools, government, leaders, law enforcement, and citizens. Also to pray for those who are leaders in our state and our national governments. Believing that as we pray and choose to live in our calling to Love One Another, we can be change agents of His in this world. We would love for you to join us in this time of prayer at 12 noon Thursday May 2, 2019 at the Huerfano County Courthouse.


VFC food drive at First Choice Market

WALSENBURG — Help out those in need in our community by donating non-perishable food or cash at the Volunteers for Community/Dorcas Circle donation table set up at the door at First Choice Market, Friday, May 3, 1 to 5 pm. Please bring or purchase non-perishable food items at the Market and/or monetary gifts are much appreciated. Please make sure that all items have a current expiration date. Thank you in advance for helping out our community!


Eagles Ladies Auxiliary meeting

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #1187 is having a meeting Friday May 3, 7:30 pm.

At this meeting, voting will occur for the election of officers. Voting members must be present, no provision can be made for the casting of “absentee” ballots. Please plan on attending this important meeting.


New, beginning T’ai Chi classes at La Veta School of the Arts

LA VETA — Often referred to as “the gentle art of yielding”, the ancient, slow moving Chinese practice of T’ai Chi Chuan is also healing in many ways. New, beginning classes will be held Saturday May 4, 9am and Wednesday, May 8, at 7:30 pm at The La Veta School of the Arts – 105 W Ryus – across from the town park. Classes will be held every Saturday morning from 9-10 am and Wednesday evening from 7:30-8:30 pm. A donation can be given of $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes. For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742- 5193, e-mail or


Francisco Fort Museum clean-up day

LA VETA — Francisco Fort Museum’s annual clean-up day is Saturday, May 4, 9 am. Volunteers will meet at the front of the museum gift shop next to the La Veta library.
We need volunteers to help us clean the museum grounds, the inside and outside of buildings, the exhibits, and to set up picnic tables/benches. Food, beverage, and fun will be supplied. Please supply your own work gloves and bring yard tools if you have some, but we have tools to share. Call 719-742-5501 for more info.


Eagles Ladies Auxiliary rummage sale

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #1187 is having a rummage sale Saturday, May 4, 9 am to 4 pm at Eagles Hall, 612 Main Street.


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.


David Starr & Erik Stucky at the LaVeta Mercantile

LA VETA — Sunday, May 5, 7 to 9 pm at the Mercantile come out to hear the music of David Starr & Erik Stucky. Americana songwriter David Starr released an evocative new album, South and West, in June 2018. The project draws inspiration from the bountiful songwriting community in Nashville, as well as the beautiful backdrop of the Grand Mesa near his home in Cedaredge, Colorado. Stucky, who began putting pen to paper when he was a junior in high school but really got serious about it about four years ago, writes or co-writes all his songs. “I don’t only write things that necessarily apply to me; I like to get a feeling for whatever is out there and go outside my direct experiences. That is where I get my most creative and relatable songs.”

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 day of show.


ROAR for Relay For Life Chili Cookoff

WALSENBURG — There will be a Chili Cook Off and Mexican Buffet Lunch Monday, May 6 at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center’s Rosewood Cafe. The cookoff begins at 11:15 am, the lunch will run from 11:30 am-1 pm. Show your cook- ing skills by entering your chili in our contest; there is no charge for entering. Please bring the chili by 11 am.

The Spanish Peaks Lion Team for ROAR is hosting this fundraiser and selling wooden roses, home-made crafts, and chances during the lunch. You are invited to join the Spanish Peaks Lion Team. The Relay for Life event will be held in Trinidad Colorado on Saturday, August 3.

Interested in joining as a team member, enter your chili in the Cook Off or make a donation? Please contact Carrie @ 738- 5129, Rita @ 738-4544, Geri-738-5155 or Susan at 738-5198.


Bingo at Eagles Hall

WALSENBURG — Eagles Lodge #1187 hosts “Bingo Night” every Wednesday, doors open at 6pm at Eagles Hall, 612 Main Street. Also the Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a raffle event. Come out and enjoy the fun!


La Veta/Cuchara Chamber meeting

LA VETA —The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce monthly board meeting will be held Thursday, May 9, 8 am at La Veta Schools Library, 126 East Garland Street.


Huerfano Soup at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The next Huerfano Soup at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 S. Main Street, will be held Thursday, May 9, 5 to 7 pm. One dish + one vote + one passionate community = Huerfano Soup.

Huerfano Soup is a monthly community-based potluck where participants, through this micro-granting dinner, assist a variety of projects in Huerfano County. A potluck item and a $5 donation makes you eligible to vote on the evening’s presentations. As a diner, you will hear 3 five-minute pitches from community members who need funding for projects that are beneficial to the community. Enjoy the best $5 dinner in town with your friends, then choose the winning proposal to receive the evenings donations.


Learn about eviction laws at SPLD

WALSENBURG — There will be a free “Evictions Clinic” Fri-day, May 10, 3:30 pm at the Spanish Peaks Library. The clinic is hosted by the 3rd Judicial District Access to Justice Committee. Attendees will be given information on the evictions process. Landlords and tenants are welcome to attend. For more information or to reserve a space, please call the 3rd Judicial District Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator, Kate Johnson, at (719) 695-6555.


Smythe & Taylor at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The La Veta Mercantile welcomes Smythe and Taylor to their stage Friday, May 10, 7 to 10 pm. The pair are known for their symbiotic harmonies, humorous lyrics and ‘3- D’ brand of guitar playing. They’ve been performing together since 2000 and have 8 CDs between them. They offer an eclectic variety of acoustic music, including contemporary and familiar tunes as well as their award-winning originals.

Gary Taylor is the songwriting engine behind the folk vocal duo, Smythe and Taylor. He plays a picking style akin to Doc Watson, and cut his teeth on Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and The Beach Boys. His musical partner and vocal anchor, TC Smythe, was born on Bob Dylan’s birthday, but fortunately, sounds much more like Alison Krauss. However, she acts like Tom Lehrer, depending on the time of day.

Tickets are $10 in advance, or $18 at the door. For more information call 719-742-3387.


Free legal clinic at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney will take place from 4 to 5 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue. The next clinic will be Tuesday, May 14. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming 2019 dates: June 11; July 9; August 13; September 10; October 8; November 12; December 10.


Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble to begin summer season rehearsals

LA VETA — Calling all lovers of singing – anyone who loves to make a joyful noise – please join us to work on our summer season songfest. On Tuesday, May 14, 6 pm the Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble will begin preparing for our second, annual Spirituals, Gospel and Grace concert – to be presented at the end of the summer. Last year’s summer concert was the most fun we’ve had singing together! Rehearsals for more such fun will be every Tuesday (starting on May 14) at 6 pm at the La Veta United Methodist Church. LVUMC is again generously offering their space at 420 South Main Street in La Veta for our practice sessions. Since it is summer and many folks travel throughout the season, we ask that you commit to being at “most” of the rehearsals! We welcome every voice – Basses, Tenors, Altos, and Sopranos – experienced singers or new–anyone who wants to open their heart and make a joyful noise. Please join us! Call Kalima at 742-5333 for more information.


RE-2 calendar listings available

LA VETA — Attention folks displaced by the Spring Fire and those with cell phone numbers and no land lines. The 2020 La Veta School Calendar is now being put together, and we have lost touch with some of you. Please call Bobbie Andreatta at 719-742-3564 to get your address and listings updated so we can finish producing the calendar. Anyone else who would like to purchase a calendar and birthday/anniversary listing, please contact Bobbie as well. The calendar is in its 68th year of publication. Deadline is Wednesday, May 15 for inclusion in next year’s calendar. Note the calendar runs on the school year schedule, August through the summer. Mailing address is 1370 CR 358, La Veta, CO 81055. Thanks so much.


Family Game Night La Veta 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!



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. ContactTriggers 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!”


Apps for the Trinidad grant available

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 avail-

able.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.


Dano Weston at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Saturday, May 4, 7 to 11 pm Dano Weston will perform for no cover charge! Get your dancing shoes on and enjoy the spring weather at Spanish Peaks Inn. For more information call 719-941-4288.


Free moving easy class

TRINIDAD — Calling all those who would like to be more physically active; especially those with Diabetes and Prediabetes. San Rafael Hospital is offering this free program every Tuesday, 3:30 to 5 pm and every Wednesday, 5 to 6 pm at Trinidad Community Center, Aerobic Room, 1309 Beshoar Avenue. Contact Yvonne Romero to register 719-845-3117 or Come out and join us! Moving Easy is a class that will help you be healthier and more active.


Senior day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — Friday, May 3 is Senior Day at Books & More Bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street. Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11-4:30.


Pop-Up Library

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library offers pop up sites throughout Las Animas County. The next Pop Up Library day will be Friday, May 3, 11 am to 2 pm at InBank Trinidad, 320 N Convent Street. At the pop up you can get your own library card, checkout books, check in books and place holds. We also provide newsletters and information on upcoming library events and you can sign up for library programs.


Care Kits at Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD — Join us on the first Friday of each month at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas Street, to assemble Care Kits for those experiencing homelessness, and learn about some of the challenges they face. This month we will meet on Friday, May 3, 3 to 4 pm. We’re seeking donations of new socks, soft food (like applesauce cups,) toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, band-aids, baby wipes, and so on. If you’ve been wanting to help, but not sure how, this is a great opportunity to get involved! For more info call: 719-846-6841


Downtown ground breaking and ribbon cutting

TRINIDAD — The Downtown Trinidad Development Project presents a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Hilton Gar- den Inn, located at the entryway of La Puerta de Colorado on Commercial Street Friday, May 3, 4 to 4:30 pm. Directly following will be an unveiling reception and ribbon cutting at the current renovation project at The Trinidad National Bank. Re- marks by Jay Cimino and Karl Gabrielson, questions and answers, tours, and refreshments. For more information contact Polly Cisneros 719-845-4836


Borderlands of Southern Colorado opening and free family day at THM

TRINIDAD — The iconic Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibition that opened almost one year ago at the El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo and contributed to its most successful year ever, will expand to the Trinidad History Museum with Borderlands of Southern Colorado: Remedios, Medicine and Health opening on Friday, May 3, 4 to 8 pm.

A community celebration and family day will take place on Saturday, May 4, with free admission, lawn games, live music, food trucks and programs for the entire family. In addition, for the first year of the exhibit, any resident of Las Animas County will receive free admission to the museum as a thank you for their contributions to making the exhibit happen. For more information call 719-846-7217.


Trinidad First Friday Art Walk

TRINIDAD — Stop and shop and all of the fine merchants on Main Street in Trinidad Friday, May 3, 5 to 7 pm. Music, refreshments and more!


Bachman & Associates open house

TRINIDAD — This Friday, May 3, 5 to 7 pm Bachman & Associates, 132 E. Main Street, invites you to join us for our Trinidad Office open house during First Friday Art Walk! View art pieces on display, tour the new space, chat with our brokers, and enjoy treats with refreshments!


Easter Spring Concert at UMC

TRINIDAD — There is a free concert, “Love Took His Breath Away,” at the United Methodist Church, 216 Broom St., Friday, May3, 7 to 8 pm. Come join us for this upbeat, contemporary concert celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For more information call 719-846-6824


Sunflower Valley Adventure Ride

TRINIDAD — The Sunflower Valley Ride is a part of the Explore Las Animas Dirt Series will be held Saturday, May 4, 7 am to 5 pm.

Adventure rides are not races. They’re about having fun hanging with like minded people who want to explore and ride hard. Rides are timed, but not for competitive purposes. Again, all roads are open and you must obey traffic laws. 7:00 am: Registration / Sign In
8:30 am: Warm Up
9:00 am: Start
Finish at Elm Street Train Depot (apx 3 pm); followed by dinner (apx 4 pm)

This ride is through Sunflower valley. Trinidad-Las Animas County was originally founded on agriculture. In 1840, New Mexican settler Felipe Baca noticed the region’s potential for farming and grazing on a trip to Denver and decided to come back by 1862. He convinced 12 other families to migrate up from the Taos Valley resulting in the development of Trinidad. While it does not produce as it once did when the mines were in full swing, the Sunflower Valley is the perfect back- drop for rural countryside ride. Today it’s part of the Santa Fe Trail historic crossing and excellent destination for pedaling through historic ranch country.

$75 registration fee. For more information: 303-775-8486 juan.delaroca@gmail. com or


Comcast Cares community clean-up

TRINIDAD — Comcast and TCF invites you to participate in the annual Comcast Cares Day Community Clean-up, Saturday, May 4. Meet at Cimino Park at 8 am for registration and continental breakfast. Pre-registration helps cut the bottleneck at the registration table on the morning of the event and it gives us an idea how many breakfast burritos and pulled pork sandwiches to order. To pre-register—email TCF at Any questions call Chris at 719-859-3048.

After breakfast the participants will dispense to various pre-identified clean-up sites around town. Registered volunteers receive: free breakfast burrito during registration, a free lunch at noon at Cimino Park, a t-shirt and pair of work gloves from Comcast, a bottle of water from Comcast, and great camaraderie and a great cause.


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

TRINIDAD — Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites you to support and promote Saturday May 4, 1 to 7 pm. Join us at the LAC Fairgrounds for Mexican food deliciousness, adult beverages in the beer garden, pet parade and costume contest, horseshoe tournament, salsa and chili cookoff, performances by the Illusions Dance Studio, Grupo Azteca, D3 Caesar and so much more! Support this family friendly event while promoting your business. All proceeds will go to our annual scholarship fund which is awarded to our local students. For sponsorship and vendor opportunities please contact Erminia at 505-382-2007


Pinon Canyon Manuever Site barbed wire removal, volunteers needed

TRINIDAD — Local members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are seeking volunteers to assist with removing barbed wire fencing from the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. These abandoned un-maintained fences can be detrimental to elk and deer. Volunteers will meet Pinyon Canyon staff in the parking lot off of Highway 350, Sunday May 5, 8:30 am. Wear sturdy shoes, work gloves, hats and sun screen. Lunch and drinks will be provided. 12-20 volunteers are needed. RSVP to John Noard:


Sign up for low cost spay & neuter clinic

TRINIDAD — Residents of Las Animas County can sign-up their pet for the Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic! The clinic will be held at Noah’s Ark for one week only: Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10. $20 cat neuters, $30 cat spays, $40 dog neuters, and $50 dog spays: vaccines and microchipping is also available. Pre-pay required to secure an appointment (which can even be done over the phone). Call Noah’s Ark at 719-680- 2385 for clinic details or to schedule an appointment. Act fast because space is limited! For more details visit the Noah’s Arkwebsite or Facebook page


Tourism board new meeting days

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

The next meeting,Tuesday, May 7, 9 am will be a work session followed by a regular meeting. The agenda will be posted at City Hall by 9 am on the Mondays preceding the meetings.


Jackie Brockmeyer: plants & their uses

TRINIDAD — Come enjoy a free lecture from Creative in Residence, Jackie Brockmeyer on plants and their uses Tuesday, May 7, 6 to 7 pm at Trinidad History Museum,120 S Chestnut Street. For more information call 719-846-2361.


Mindful Education

TRINIDAD — The course for parents, educators, and mentors is presented by the author of Mindful Education, Teresa Keller. Keller is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Yoga for Healing Teacher and Director of Mindful Living, LLC. She has thirty years of experience in human services and over a decade in the educational sector. Teresa finds joy in sharing the practices of mindfulness and meditation with a belief in the potential within us all!

All classes on Tuesdays from 5:30 –6:30 pm at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 Animas. The first class begins Tuesday, May 7 with: Getting started—creating space, time, and personal intention for a mindfulness practice. Other classes are: May 14: The body-mind practice—integrating the felt experience with emotional intelligence
May 21: Modern mindfulness—making sense of leading brain science and a 2500-year-old practice
May 28: Foundations in training—exploring a scope of methods of how we relate to experience
June 4: Sharing forward—participants develop a plan of how and when to apply lessons for others
June 11: Keeping it going—how to maintain gains and naturally grow a practice in mindfulness


Autism support group meets

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Autism Awareness Chapter will hold their monthly support group for families with a loved one with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Developmental Delay Thursday, May 9, 6 to 8 pm at the Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Avenue. A complementary dinner is served sponsored by Shandy Clinic. There will be a presentation followed by round table discussion.


Book Readers Rock!

TRINIDAD — Book Readers Rock is a club for readers in grades 6 through 8 at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas. The next meeting of the club is Friday, May 10, 1:30 to 3 pm. This week is “readers choice” where we will read and dis- cuss your favorite books. New members are welcome!


Patricia Trujillo-Traditional Healing in the Borderlands

TRINIDAD — Trinidad History Museum’s next speaker presenter for the speaker series to accompany the opening of our new exhibit “Los Remedios: Health and Wellness in Southern Colorado” is Patricia Trujillo who presents “Traditional Healing in the Borderlands”, Friday, May 10, 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 719-846- 7217. Trinidad History Museum is located at 312 E Main Street.


Cottonwood Corner Garden Gala

HOEHNE — The annual Cottonwood Corner Garden Gala at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 CR 75.1, will be Saturday, May 11, 9 am to 5 pm. This annual event features refreshments, prizes, and plants. For more information call 719-680- 1402.


A Walk in Her Shoes

TRINIDAD — Join us in support of Advocates Against Domestic Assault on Walk Day, Saturday May 11, 10 am at Central Park, 700 Smith Street. This walk is to help raise awareness about violence against women by walking a mile around the park in high heeled shoes. This is a family friendly event. Men, women, and children are encouraged to walk. Sign up as an individual or recruit a team to join you. A registration fee of $20 per walker applies or $100 per team. There will be a traveling trophy that is awarded to the largest team.


ROAR – Relay for Life Mother’s Day pancake breakfast

TRINIDAD — Saturday, May 11, 9 to 11 am at Corradino Auto Body & Radiator, 124 N Maple St come to the Mother’s Day Pancake breakfast, a fundraiser for ROAR. Absolutely all are welcome to join us! Dine with us as we celebrate that special lady in your life – mothers, grandmothers, wives, aunts, sisters with a delicious pancake breakfast.

Adult breakfasts are $5, children breakfasts are $4 and gluten free options are available for $1 more. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society!


Carnegie Family Game Club

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library hosts a Saturday get-together to have fun with board games each month. The next family game club will be Saturday, May 11, 2 pm. Everyone is invited: you must be at least 6 years old to play, but younger siblings can watch. Mousetrap! Monopoly! And more!


QuickBooks class at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Steven Kelly teaches this popular bookkeeping software in 6 sessions beginning Monday, May 13, 10:30 to 12 pm at the Carnegie Public Library.


Philosophy club at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Library is starting a new pro- gram for those that enjoy discussing philosophy. The club will meet each month on the second Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm. The next meeting will be Monday, May 13, 5 to 6 pm. Do you like philosophizing with others about timeless questions? Join us for a monthly facilitated conversation. We will start with a brief introduction about an idea from the tradition of philosophy and a few questions to explore. Everyone is welcome!


FREE legal help at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — The next free legal clinic at the Carnegie Public Library will be Tuesday, May 14, 3 to 4 pm. Patrons can have a private video conference with an attorney, here at the library. Call the library at 719/846-6841, or come in to sign up in ad- vance. Normally, there will be four, fifteen minute sessions to discuss civil matters only


Veterans to sponsor TLAC Chamber lunch May 15

TRINIDAD — On May 15 in TSJC’s Pioneer Room in the Sullivan Center, please join us for an informative luncheon sponsored by the Veterans Council. Lunch is noon to 1pm, $12 per person. Please RSVP to the Chamber Office 719-846-9285, or reply to this email with the number of people planning to at- tend. All reservations must be made by Friday, May 10th to guarantee your lunch.

Please, remember to cancel your reservation 24 hours in advance if you are unable to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.


Nostalgic Movie Night at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The next nostalgic movie night at the Carnegie Library is Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 pm. The movie is Jean De Florette, a stunning adaptation of the acclaimed Marcel Pagnol novel is the winner of numerous international awards and one of the world’s most popular foreign language films.


2019 Trinidad Water Festival

TRINIDAD — Visit the TSJC campus Thursday, May 16, 8 am to 3 pm to celebrate water in all its many forms with speakers from all over coming to share their knowledge of conservation and all the many ways water is life!


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.


AARP Smart Driver Course

TRINIDAD — The new four hour refresher course from AARP Driver Safety will be offered 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 calling 719-868-2288.



Parent workshop and play night

RATON — Come to this play night and free workshop for parents and caregivers of children 0-5, Thursday, May 2, 5:30 pm at Longfellow Elementary School. Babies are born learning and YOU are their first teacher. Parents/caregivers will get a free dinner, door prizes, and book give-aways! This an adult– oriented event. Childcare is available with 5:15 pm sign in.

Explore ways to partner and advocate. for your child’s success. This early childhood family engagement event is sponsored by Growing Great Kids of Raton and the Family Development Program of the University of New Mexico. For more info call: Emma 575-383-1322 or Longfellow Elementary 445-9261.


Los Diablos Show & Shine Cinco de Mayo Celebration

SPRINGER — Come out to the Cinco de Mayo Celebration Show and Shine at Santa Fe Trail Museum Park in Springer, Saturday, May 4, 9 am to 3 pm. No Judging, no trophies, no entry fee! All car participants receive a 2019 dash plaque. Also on the schedule is: *Limbo Contest, *Twist Contest, *Chile Contest (Bring your favorite Green or Red Chile), *50/50 Raffle, *Music by JD’s DJ Entertainment, *Back by popular demand, “Crazy Jeff’s BBQ”

Vendors Welcome. $20/space. Contact Samuel Blea, 575- 707-2964, Donald Dulaney, 505-916-7052, Eddie Arellano, 575- 707-2983, Amador Montoya, 575-643-6319, or Joe Flavio Baca, 505-544-8601. For more info email


Dry Cimarron driving tour

FOLSOM — The annual Dry Cimarron driving tour will be held Saturday, May 4, beginning at the Folsom Museum, corner of 325 and 456. The tour will begin in Folsom with a walk through of town and then continue down the Dry Cimarron valley stopping at multiple historic sites ending in Kenton, Oklahoma.

– Folsom Falls – Madison – Tollgate Canyon – Brown Ranch – Burchard Ranch – Alligator Rock Petroglyphs
– Wedding Cake and Battleship Formations
– Wild Burro and Big Horn Sheep sightings

– Dinosaur Tracks at Black Mesa State Park
Reserve your spot: 575-278-2122 or


Bill Sauble Day

RATON — There will be a celebration for Bill Sauble, Saturday, May 4, 2 to 4 pm in the Pavilion at the Raton Fairgrounds. Let’s be there to demonstrate our appreciation and thanks for Bill’s lifetime service to the county and the state.

Please come and help with the celebration. We need people to come and help prepare the room before noon and we need folks to stay and help clear up after the party until it is clean. Please text 970-568-6969 if you can help.


RPSs “Youth In Art” display

RATON — The Raton Public Schools and Raton High School Art Club are again sponsoring the annual student art exhibition. As many of you may or may not know last year marked a change in the annual Youth In Art 7th-12th grade display as it was included as part of a district wide spring exhibition. The “2019 Youth In Art” art display will be held Tuesday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 pm in conjunction with the 3rd – 6th grade spring art exhibition at Raton Intermediate School band and choir rooms. We are excited again to display such an array of district student talent at one time! We know Raton’s student shows have been incredibly successful in the past due to the generous support of the community we hope our students will continue to be re- warded for their talent and hard work.


Summer of Color Event Series: Spring Car and Bike Show

RATON — We’re hosting our annual Spring Car and Bike Show on Saturday, May 11, 10 am to 2 pm at Raton Pass Motor Inn, 308 Canyon Dr. As always, entry is free, so bring your favorite ride and show it off. Must be a participant to vote. En- chanted Grounds will be out to get your morning started with coffee and goodies, and we’ll have some smokin’ BBQ, a DJ, and the coolest cars, trucks, motorcycles and lowrider bikes in the area!

Check out our Facebook event post at: or for more information call 575-445-3641.


Children’s Fishing Derby at Cimarron Canyon State Park

CIMARRON — The annual Children’s Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, May 11, 10 am to 1 pm at Maverick Camp- grounds. The derby is for children ages 3 -11 years old divided into two age groups. Free t-shirts to the first 100 registrants; goody bags to all who enter. Special guest appearance by Smokey Bear.


Run For The Wall

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 ceremony. The Run for the Wall will take place this year Wednesday May 15 through Friday, May 24. Ceremony takes place about 7:30am. A benefit spaghetti dinner takes place the Friday evening prior to the event.

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). Please come for this event honoring the veterans passing through Cimarron on motorcycle.

The Memorial Day Weekend program has not been planned yet. Please stay tuned for details.


Birding day at Sugarite

RATON — A full day of birding activities will be held at Sugarite Canyon State Park Saturday, May 18 beginning 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 ex- pert Tony Godfrey to learn the basics. Bring smart phone or camera.

10:30 a.m. Just for Kids. Soda Pocket Amphitheater. Bird-re- lated crafts, games and activities for kids. Designed for kids 6- 12.
2 p.m. The Big Guys! Soda Pocket Campground. 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.


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)