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THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD

Exploring Crypto-Judaism in southern Colorado through theatre

ouR WoRLD — Join us on Zoom for History, Place and Identity: Exploring Crypto-Judaism in Southern Colorado through Theatre tonight, Thursday, May 21, 6 p.m..

Colorado playwright/dramaturg Jessica Kahkoska will discuss her research and writing process for In Her Bones, a new play exploring the legacy of crypto-Judaism in southern Colorado. As both an oral history researcher and creative writer, she will share findings from her research and reflections from the playwriting process, exploring how theatre can be a unique tool and platform to illuminate history, place, and identity in Southern Colorado. Scenes from In Her Bones will also be read.

A synopsis of the play: Colorado’s San Luis Valley is world-renowned for its beauty, but the area holds a deeper clandestine heritage: The legacy of Sephardic Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition five centuries ago. When Mia returns to the region for her grandmother’s funeral, she’s forced to confront a past that she is both fleeing and seeking out. As she looks back on family memories, another world creeps in — one of shadows, forgotten prayers, and secrets hiding right in plain sight. Unearth the complicated legacy of Crypto-Judaism in the Southwest through this unlikely alpine tale of faith, fear and how we pass on culture when written records are too dangerous to keep.

The event is free and open to the public. Register for this meeting at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1015886152561/WN_rXs7gpRORbeOZwePWi5GZA

 

Free self-paced tutorials through TSJC online

ouR WoRLD — TSJC is offering some non-credit Continuing/Community Ed classes through Ed2Go (Cengage). The link to the website to sign up is: https://www.ed2go.com/tsjc/SearchResults.aspx?SearchTerms=free

The classes are all self-paced, tutorial-type and the following courses are available at no charge if people enroll by Tuesday, June 30.
• Creating Web Pages
• Creating WordPress Websites
• Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
• Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search
• Keys to Effective Communication
• Managing Customer Service
• Marketing Your Business on the Internet
• Personal Finance
• Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring
• Individual Excellence

 

Online Borderlands Talk: Nepantla-Embracing Borderlands Poetics

ouR WoRLD — Join us on Zoom Thursday, May 28, 6 to 7 pm. We will hear from Jessica Helen Lopez, Spoken Word Artist, Educator, and City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Emeritus

Read a poem. Hear a poem. Write a poem honoring the borderlands within us and around us. Poetry performance and workshop/ discussion with Jessica Helen Lopez.

The event is free and open to the public. Register for this meeting at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpcuuhqj8uHdMh9mWzZ3xCWvMoyZEhzXC6.

Please consider supporting the Borderlands Lecture Series by contributing at http://coloradogives.org/CommunityMuseumsOnline. Our Online Borderlands Lecture Series is gen- erously supported by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.

 

HUERFANO

Today last day for sack lunches at Huerfano RE-1

WALsENbuRG/GARDNER — Today, Thursday May 21 will be our last day for sack lunches from 11AM- 12 noon, hoWEVER, we will still be able to hand out bulk food every other thursday for the foreseeable future.

 

Dems virtual meeting

huERFANo couNtY — There will be a Zoom meeting of the Huerfano County Democratic Party Central Committee held this evening, Thursday, May 21, 5:30. Chairperson Dale Lyons will sent the Zoom link via email to participants. Please log in and keep democracy alive during these trying times!

 

Opening reception at La Veta Gallery – Canceled

LA VETA – Show runs through June 23. Visit www.lavetagalleryonmain.com for announcments.

 

John Mall High School graduation walk from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23; Listen in on KSPK FM radio

WALsENbuRG — JMHS is pleased to announce the class of 2020’s graduation walk will take place on May 23 at the John Mall football field. The walks will begin at 1p.m. and will continue until around 4 p.m.

KSPK 102.3 FM will broadcast the ceremony live for the community to hear. Out of town relatives can also listen in by going to www.kspk.com to stream the program.

Students have been assigned time frames to arrive at the field so that they can complete their walk with two of their parents/guardians. The two parents/ guardians will be able to accompany their student onto the field to watch their student walk. All other family members must remain in their cars and are encouraged not to exit their cars or congregate.

The ceremony is only for family members. There is no ad- mission for the general public. However, the full ceremony will also be recorded and broadcast on Facebook on June 13.

 

Dorcas Circle re-opening

WALsENbuRG — The food pantry at Dorcas will be open on Tuesday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a drive by. Please pull your car in front of the thrift store, we will ask for your information there, after we get your information we will ask you to pull forward, our staff will load your car for you. We have ordered enough food to support 400 giveaways, if we don’t give it all out on May 26 we will give out the remaining food on- Thursday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

The thrift store will open Tuesday, June 2 and will run normal hours every Tuesday and Thursday through the month. Shoppers will be required to wear a mask for entry, and we will be limiting entry to 4 customers at a time. God bless, and we look forward to seeing all of you.

 

La Veta Village food services

LA VEtA — La Veta Village has two programs to help with food needs during Covid-19 alerts.

If you are in the 81055 zip code, 60 or older or high-risk for COVID-19, and need help getting food, call Susan at 719-989- 8361 or email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com

Also, La Veta Village offers a free food pick-up for persons who qualify by income level or because of unemployment. Please register for a box by Wednesday at 5 pm for a pick-up the following Saturday. The next pick-up is Saturday, May 30. Email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com or call Rebecca 719-746-2329.If you would like to volunteer, call 719-746-2329. To donate, go to lavetavillage.org

 

For the Love of Spanish Peaks Country auction

huERFANo — Now through Sunday, May 31: For the Love of Spanish Peaks Country Auction is brought to you by the La Veta-Cuchara Chamber Of Commerce and the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance; Huerfano County’s leading non-profit, community led organizations designed to support and educate local businesses and non-profit entities.

We have partnered to create an online auction and store- front for small businesses in Huerfano County to sell gift cards, services and products online. Please support your favorite businesses by bidding on items and buying their gift cards, pro- ducts and services through the online auction.

 

Book Nook book delivery

LA VEtA — The Book Nook is happy to announce a book de- livery service for the locals of La Veta. For five dollars you will receive three books of your choice in genre, author, etc. If you are friends with us on Facebook simply leave a message with your information and preferred method of payment. We now have a PayPal to make secure online payments or you can leave cash or a check made out to Friends of the Library on your front porch. We will send you a confirmation message and date of delivery with estimated time. The books will be wiped down and placed in a new paper bag for your protection. We are still waiting for approval from the County Health Department, so keep an eye out on our Facebook Page to see when this service will become available. We hope this service can bring some joy into your or your loved ones lives. Happy reading, friends!

 

La Veta Public Library curbside service

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

There will be no more than three library staff (including the library director) in the building at any one time. The director will work in his office, which is a separate room with a closable door. Staff members working on curbside service order fulfillment will prepare the orders in separate rooms of the library, with the aid of laptops that are reserved for each staff member and not shared. Frequently touched surfaces including desks, tables, computer keyboards and mice, date stamps, barcode readers, doorknobs, light switches, etc. will be wiped down with the CDC-recommended bleach solution (4 tsp bleach per quart of water) at the start and end of each shift. The director will log staff health using the county health department logging form and a touchless forehead thermometer.

 

New Hope Community Church

WALsENbuRG — New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, 801 Pennsylvania, has re-opened services with a drive-in celebration each Sunday, 10 a.m.. Attendees can stay in the comfort of their vehicle and tune to 103.9 on their FM radio to hear the message. Parking will be in the vacant lot on the east side of the church building.

 

Ann Gethen’s solo show at SPACe

LA VEtA — Accomplished artist Ann Gethen is showing a collection of new oil paintings in her solo show at SPACe. This will be her final solo show, so be sure to take a look at her landscapes from North, South, East, & West in the USA. In addition, the 2020 Artists’ Choice show and The Changing Climate show are also on display, until Saturday, June 13. Artwork from all the shows will be offered for sale online and images can be seen on the SPACe website. To learn more, visit the website www.spanishpeaksarts.org. Members may contact SPACe for special showings, call 719-742-3074 or email spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com.

 

Francisco Fort Museum news

LA VEtA — Francisco Fort Museum, due to the corona virus, is closed until further notice. Addtionally, Francisco Fort Days, scheduled for July 25 and 26 are canceled. However, during this closure the museum will see much activity. The east wing and part of the museum grounds will be renovated, along with various repairs. Exhibits will be rotated and new ones added. Be sure to visit our Facebook page, our Instagram page, and our website (franciscofort.org) as we are taking the museum virtual and will soon be adding WHAT?

 

Summer adult art workshops at SPACe

LA VEtA — SPACe will have adult workshops this summer with a maximum 6 students per workshop since we will enforce social distancing. Sign up soon to reserve your space.

June 20 – Coni Grant, Plein Air painting,

June 27 – Kim Mackey, Painting in the Studio,
June 23 – Kathy Hill, Intro to ScratchArt;
July 14, 21, 28 – Kathy Hill, Traditional Watercolor Painting. Contact Rena at 719-742-3074 for information.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Make some noise for Trinidad Middle School

tRINIDAD — Join us in our year end celebration of Trinidad Middle Shool students and parents tonight, Thursday, May 21, 7 to 7:10 p.m.. Go outside during this time and make some noise, honk your horns, and celebrate the year’s accomplishments made by TMS students and parents.

 

Cash Mob for Corazon Gallery

tRINIDAD — Join us Friday, May 22, 6 p.m. for the Trinidad Historic Main Street’s Virtual Cash Mob featuring Corazon Gallery
* We will host an Facebook Live. Be sure to scroll done the fb page at 6 for the live video.

*Trish will be showing a variety of unique items that are at the gallery. If you like an item, be the 1st person to commit and make a comment, on the video, that you would like to purchase. (Sometimes there are multiple available.) A member of the team will comment “confirmed” and then contact you though private message.

* Trish will contact you the following day for payment and to arrange pick-up.
* List of sample items will be updated soon

 

Friday night Solidarity in Sight & Sound

tRINIDAD — Please join us every Friday night at 8 pm in “Solidarity In Sight and Sound”. At 8 pm from your residence, your driveway or front yard we would ask that for 1 minute you shine a light, wave a flag, honk a horn, sing a song or play an instrument so that the whole city can hear you; hear your neighbors, your friends, your family.

Even though we are all apart during this time, we as a community have never been closer together. Each one of us is fighting the same battle, feeling the same worries and fear, missing our loved ones.

The Trinidad Police Department would like our community to know that you are not alone…we are not alone! Of course, we would ask everyone to practice social distancing and no fireworks or firearms should be used to make a noise, this event is about all of us coming together for 1 minute to let us all know that we are ok and that we as a community will be ok.

 

Drive-thru Art Car Museum a no go

tRINIDAD — The hoped-for “Drive Thru” at Art Cartopia on Memorial Day has been canceled. Unfortunately, permission was not granted in a time frame that makes it doable. This was, in part, an event designed to inform everyone that the museum was opening again. We don’t now have any real clarity about a possible “re-opening’ date. We still are planning to have a “Drive Thru” sometime in the, hopefully, not too distant future. Stay tuned!

 

Mt. Carmel Wellness free virtual classes continue

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

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

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

 

Food pantry in Segundo

sEGuNDo — For those in need during this crisis situation, we invite you to come visit our food pantry on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at The Lord’s Chapel Segundo

 

Ugly Pet Portrait fundraiser

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

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

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

Get your order now because this FUNdraiser ends June 20, 2020! Email: noahsarktrinidad@pb02.ascendbywix.com to request your application.

 

Bianco Grant Foundation seeks applicants

courtesy Dave santistevan Jr.

LAs ANIMAs — To the 2020 high school graduates of Las Animas County. The Bianco Grant Foundation is accepting applications for college bound students. This grant provides $500 per semester for up to four years. To apply, please pro- vide the following:
1. Cover sheet (include basic contact info, name, address, and telephone number, as well as your parents’ contact info.)
2. Letter of interest-one page only (include extra-curricular activities in school, and your future endeavors, college and work.)
3. Two letters of recommendation (from school, work, or volunteer work)
4. Copy of high school transcripts

You may send these items by mail to: 1123 Willow, Trinidad CO 81082, or email them (in one folder) to: biancofoundation2020@gmail.com

 

COLFAX

On line Raton Cash Mob at Flowerland

RAtoN — It’s Flowerland everyone! And Debbie has ordered bedding flowers and veggies for the show to go along with her cut flowers, silk flowers, decorative items, gift baskets, snack baskets, balloon bouquets, fairy gardens and chocolates. The plants will be just in time for planting here in our area. So tune in Tuesday, May 26, 6 to 8 p.m.. Bedding plants will become available the night of the show and not before then. Let’s all support this wonderful local business. She has taken a pretty big hit since weddings, funerals, prom and everything for the last 3 months has been canceled. Let’s show her how important her business is to Raton!

 

Hunger Pantry food distribution

RAtoN — There will be a food distribution Wednesday, May 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 S 3rd Street.

 

New Mexico primary election information

NEW MEXIco — The New Mexico Primary Election will be June 2, 2020. The voter registration deadline for this election was Tuesday, May 5. The deadline to request an absentee ballot online is Thursday, May 28 by midnight. The deadline to return a completed absentee ballot is Tuesday, June 2.

Early voting begins Saturday, May 16 and continues until Saturday, May 30. In-person absentee voting will be held from Tuesday, May 5 through Friday, May 29.

 

Walk to Remember lost loved ones

RAtoN — The Josie Barela Memorial Walk to Remember Lost Loved Ones will be held Friday, May 29, 6 a.m.. The walk starts at Fairmont Cemetary from 6-6:30 a.m. then proceeds to Mt. Calvary with prayer in between and safe social distancing.

 

Moonlight Hike at Capulin Volcano National Monument

cAPuLIN — Take a ranger guided hike at Capulin Volcano under the full moon Saturday, May 30, 8 p.m.. Subjects include night time biology, lunar geography, astronomy, and the park after dark. Come and experience Capulin Volcano in a new light! Reservations required. Call 575-278-2201 for information and reservations.

 

COVID referral numbers

NEW MEXIco —These numbers are important for all New Mexicans.

EMPLOYMENT/INCOME LOSS OR REDUCTION
• If you are unemployed/underemployed and need assistance: Department of Workforce Solutions Call Center 1-877-664-6984
• If you are a small business/employer and need assistance: Economic Development Department for Small Business = 1- 505-827-0300

FOOD ASSISTANCE

• If you need assistance obtaining food

a. School age children: Public Education Dept = 505-827-6683 b. Senior / Adult with disabilities:

i. Seniors Who Need Groceries or Meals = 1-800-432-2080 ii. Emotional Crisis, Mental Health, or Substance Abuse = 1-855-662-7474

• SNAP benefits: HSD/Income Support Division = 1-800- 283-4465
• WIC: Department of Health

a. WIC Questions on food or formula availability = 1-505- 469-0929
b. WIC Operations Manager = 1-505-819-7028
c. WIC General Questions = 1-866-867-3124

HEALTH INSURANCE

• If you need assistance obtaining health insurance: HSD/Medicaid = 1-800-283-4465
• If you are not eligible for Medicaid, you can apply for afford- able health insurance online at www.bewellnm.com or call 1- 855-996-6449

HOUSING

• If you need assistance with housing/utilities:
a. Housing–Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) Emergency

Housing 1-800-444-6880
b. Utilities HSD Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program 1-888-523-0051

FAMILY & MIsc.

• If you need assistance with childcare: 1-800-691-9067 NM Kids Child Care Resource Center
• If you have complaints about facilities not closing: 505-469- 2940/505-629-2845

• If you want to volunteer or need a volunteer: 505-476-2200

 

Well dang. We have COVID.

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