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Upcoming Events for week of May 30, 2019


Donations needed for the 5th Annual La Veta Trails Yard Sale

LA VETA — Donations are wanted for the 5th Annual La Veta Trails Yard Sale to be held on June 7th and 8th at the La Veta Community Center on 131 East Ryus Ave. Thank you to the many generous people who have donated their great stuff to our cause. We still want more! Your unwanted household goods, tools, and other items will benefit trails. We do not accept clothing, TVs, electronics, printers, mattresses, large appliances and upholstered furniture. Call Marilyn Russell at 719-890-4071 to arrange a time to drop off your items or to schedule a pick up. The yard sale “Early Bird” will be held on Friday, June 7th at 4:00 p.m. – 6: p.m. with an entry fee of $5.00 per person. The yard sale will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with free entry.


Chamber of Commerce Spring Mixer

LA VETA — Thursday May 30, 5:30-8 pm our Spring Mixer will be held at the Francisco Fort Museum’s Old Time Saloon. This is a free event and light refreshments served. The Museum is located at 306 S Main in La Veta. Bob Kennemer, Museum Director, is our guest speaker and will discuss the history of the museum. Business owners can get a coupon for a free tour of the museum, good May-June. For more information or to RSVP, please call LaRissa Morris at 808-936-0663.


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. Come tonight Thursday, May 30, 7 to 9 pm. Contact the Mercantile to reserve your space: 719-742-3387


Huerfano County Farmers Markets

GARDNER/LA VETA/WALSENBURG — The La market is every Thursday through October 17, 3-6 pm in the grassy area in front of the fort museum on Main Street.

The Gardner market is every Saturday through October 12, 10 am to 12:30 pm next to the Methodist church on Rt 69.

The Walsenburg Farmers and Makers Market begins Sunday, June 2, in Heritage Park across from the courthouse and runs Sundays, 10 am to 1 pm until sometime in September.


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

For more information call 1-877-PRO-GOAL, or visit


MOF’s summer hours and programs

WALSENBURG — MoF is pleased to announce that in May the museum’s hours increased to: Tuesdays – Sundays – 10 am until 5 pm and closed on Mondays. Friday Art Lab Ages 5-17 (Adopt a Planter Box with Inter-generational Service Learning) begins Friday, May 31, 1 to 3 pm. This art program focuses on “Service Learning for the Whole Community.”

From May 31 through the middle of November this intergenerational downtown Walsenburg beautification program is designed for volunteer adults, senior citizens, and local children to work hand in hand to design, build and decorate planter boxes. Local businesses and individuals are invited to purchase a planter box as a way to add color downtown, pro- vide programs, encourage creativity and support scholarships for children’s art classes at MOF.


Harmonicas, hikes and trees at Lathrop this weekend

WALSENBURG — Friday, May31, musician Terry Lakes returns to Lathrop State Park and celebrates the twentieth anniversary of his first performance there. Lakes will teach about the history and development of the harmonica through songs and stories. This presentation will begin at 7 pm at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.

Saturday morning, June 1, in recognition of National Trails Day, the park naturalist will lead a hike on the Hogback Trail. Topics will include: rules of the trail, using field guides, and the purpose of self-guided hikes. This is an activity for all ages. Kids who participate can earn a Junior Ranger badge & certificate. The activity will begin at 9 am at the Hogback Trailhead on the north side of Martin Lake.

Saturday evening, from the Colorado State Forest Service, David Poletti will present a program on topics including forest health and native tree identification. This presentation will begin at 7 pm at the Piñon Campground Amphitheater.

In the event of rain, the evening presentations will be moved to the Visitor Center. As always any vehicle in the State Park must display a park pass. If you would like to attend but don’t have a park pass, remember you may check one out of either Spanish Peaks Library or La Veta Library for up to one week.


Ecstatic Dance at the Merc

LA VETA — Make your move, not your mind Friday, May 31, 7 to 10 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Come and quiet your inner and outer dialogue and enjoy your own personal exploration of body movement, while listening to some fun rhythms for an awesome experience. Whether you feel moved to have a big dance workout, or an inward journey, there is no judgement, low lights, and no talking, so you have absolute permis- sion to dance as the music moves you individually. Wear comfortable clothing, leave your inner critic at the door, and enjoy yourself! All ages welcome! Suggested donation of $5 helps the La Veta Mercantile pay for our own brand new dance floor! For more information: 719-742-3387.


Star Drug under new local ownership

HUERFANO COUNTY — Come try the New Star Drug, now under new local pharmacist ownership. Come see the difference and how a local pharmacy should be. Fast and friendly service, in as short a time as 20 minutes! Free mailing of prescriptions. Local delivery services now available. Very easy to transfer your prescriptions to us, just give us a call. Come in the entire month of June to celebrate the re-grand opening under new ownership and register to win some excellent prizes. 520 Main St., Walsenburg, CO, 719-738-1130.


Open garden at Gardner School

GARDNER — Beginning Saturday, June 1, the vegetable and flower gardens at the Gardner School will be open to the public two mornings a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Johnnye Mullen, Suzanne Watson, and Keri Powers invite you to join us to plant, weed, water, learn, share in early produce, and have fun. The kids have already planted onions, potatoes, beets, carrots, spinach, cukes, tomatoes and much more and we have many, many flowers blooming. Depending on attendance, special events or projects will be planned. So, grab your hats and sunscreen and come on down. Everyone welcome. For more information, call Johnnye at 746-2345.


Jaquie Gipson at Deerprint

LA VETA — Local Trinidad talent, Jaquie Gipson will perform Saturday, June 1, 6 pm at Deerprint. Gibson incorporates melodic two hand tapping and percussion techniques into traditional fingerstyle playing- a style often referred to as “Touche Guitar” and it is truly a sight to behold! Check her out here: Tickets available at:


Hypnomania Comedy at Fox Theatre

WALSENBURG — Saturday, June 1, 7 to 9 pm award-winning comedian, Second City Conservatory Alumni, and certified hypnotist Don Barnhart will perform at the Fox Theatre. The show is for 18+, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Barnhart has combined his comedy and improvisational skills to create a unique, interactive and one of the funniest comedy- hypnosis shows in the world. Tickets available on line:


Cody Sisters at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The Cody Sisters will return to the Mercantile Saturday, June 1, 7 to 9 pm. Their music falls from the clouds like soft warm rain and in an instant thunders down like a Colorado storm. Audiences are left emotional, inspired, and exhilarated all at the same time. The soft sister harmonies remind the crowd of a simpler, slower time. As the show builds, the award-winning sound of their guitars, mandolins, banjos, and bass will fill the hall such that the audience is swimming in a roaring river of perfect sound. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of show.


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.


The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts party

LA VETA — The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts is having their annual membership party on Sunday, June 2, 3 pm at the La Veta Mercantile. It is an English themed party. Come check us out and join the FCPA.


Friends of the Spanish Peaks Library seek retail space

WALSENBURG — FOL Friends of the Library (non profit /Library Fundraising Organization) is currently seeking Retail/Office space for fundraising book sales and other Library activities. We need reduced rent or donated space opportunity with possible Revenue Sharing or Tax write off capability. Please call Dalene 719-738-1184.


Art workshops for adults

LA VETA — Try the new this summer! The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) is offering a series of half-day and full- day art workshops for adults in June, July, and August. The program is designed to give participants the opportunity to try a variety of fine arts and crafts including watercolor and oil painting, monoprints, braiding, calligraphy, and punch-needle embroidery. Registrations must be confirmed at least one week prior to the workshop. For complete details visit the SPACe website: or pick up a brochure at SPACe. Call 719 742-3074 for more information.


Huerfano County Historical Society

LA VETA — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be on Wednesday, June 5, 4 pm in the Capp’s Building at Francisco Fort. The public is cordially invited to attend.


Special movie presentation: “The World at Arm’s Length” at the Fox

WALSENBURG — The Fox Theatre is proud to present “The World at Arm’s Length”, a heartwrenchıng story of a deaf/blind man’s search for his place ın the world Wednesday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 25, 7 pm.

For some of us, the desire for self discovery, independence and freedom is so strong that we fight all odds and dream about pilgrimages for decades. In this documentary, we are introduced to an unusual Camino de Santiago pilgrim, Sven. While most of the pilgrims who take on the challenging Camino de Santiago are able-bodied and devoid of any noticeable

disabilities, Sven lacks both sight and hearing. He has been dreaming about the journey for a lifetime, and it gets to a point where he simply has to go for it. Unable to do it alone, he turns to those around him for support, and the un- erring nature of human kindness shows itself when he is afforded the company of handy assistants.

This is not your typica hero’s journey. It is a film that brings the rawest of human emotions to the fore; from steely determination and the desire to see the world without a filter to anarchy, self-pity, rage and the dark pathways of human debasement. “The World at Arm’s Length” does not shy away from show- ing mankind at his most vulnerable, most hopeful, most excited, and most primal.


Senior stretching body, mind

WALSENBURG — Have you sat most of the winter and now ache when you move? Have you lost flexibility as the years creep forward? You may be interested in joining a new class beginning Thursday, June 6, 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Washington Underground (WU). The class cost is your time and efforts but a donation to WU will be appreciated! The instructor, Bonnie Riley, worked with senior adults in var- ious capacities from 1978-2009 in Colorado Springs. She moved to Walsenburg in 2015. She has been a licensed massage therapist and Reiki Practitioner since 1994.

To register: Contact Bonnie at (719)290- 7074 or


Huerfano Soup at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The next Huerfano Soup at the La Veta Mercantile, sponsored by Bachman & Associates will be held Thursday, June 6, 6 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.


Tintype Photography at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get your handcrafted tintype photo- graph made Friday & Saturday, June 7 & 8 at La Veta Mercantile. Salida tintype takes one of a kind portraits. Each tintype is hand- crafted using the same equipment and technique as in the 1860s. This early photographic process, known as Wet Plate Collodion, captures a timeless beauty that cannot be created digitally. No one tintype can be reproduced, and each portrait is as unique and different as the subject itself. The end result is a compel- ling portrait, leaving the imprint of your beauty on the plate. Tim Brown Photography will be taking reservations for tintype portrait sessions, $39 for one person, or $49 for a portrait of two. Sessions are Friday, 1-5:30 pm or Saturday 10 am-4pm. Participants must sign- up to reserve a session.


5th Annual La Veta Trails Yard Sale “Early Bird” sale

LA VETA — Be the first to buy from a large collection of furniture, desks, bookcases, din- ing chairs, original art, photographs, garden tools, china, silver dessert fork set, decorative items, coffee pots, mugs, Kirby vacuum cleaner, rocking chairs, and MUCH MORE Friday, June 7, 4 to 6 pm at the La Veta Community Center, 131 E. Ryus Avenue. Early bird entry fee is $5 per person. We are accepting donated items until June 5, so call to arrange a drop off or pick-up time. FMI, contact Marilyn Russell at 719-890-4071.


The Mitguards at Deerprint

LA VETA — Come out to Deerprint Friday, June 7, 6 pm to enjoy the The Mitguards. Their musical style, a hybrid of American roots music that includes folk, country and swing, makes their sound powerful and dis- tinct. Based in Colorado Springs, the band consists of Chris Mitguard on acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals and Deb Mitguard on mandolin, accordion and vocals. Check them out here: Ticket info coming soon!


RaBa Cinco/Two Peaks Fitness “Huajatolla Heritage Festival” 5K

LA VETA — The 2019 RaBa Cinco series of runs continues Saturday, June 8 in conjunction with the Huajatolla Heritage Festival 5K, be- ginning at the Francisco Fort Museum’s Capps Building, 115 W Francisco St at 9 am. You need not be participating in the RaBa

Cinco series to have some fun! Packet pickup begins at 8:30 am. There is a $20 registration fee. Register at http://twopeaksfitness.activities/ or ( ning/distance-running-races/huajatolla-heritage-festival-5k-2019). Walk-ups also welcome. For more information, email


Huajatolla Heritage Festival

LA VETA — Huajatolla Heritage Festival is combining efforts with Francisco Fort Museum to hold a celebration honoring Native American and Hispano cultures through art, education and presentation with two days of exciting events Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9 on the Museum grounds. Come out to enjoy music, dance, storytelling, vendors, and food. The Huajatolla Heritage Foundation (HHF) is a grassroot organization of artists, visionaries, educators and community leaders in La Veta who wish to preserve the rich Colorado heritage through exploration and sharing of culture, language, art and spiritual beliefs. HHF acknowledges the importance of providing opportunities to participate in cultural sharing with the resulting pride in personal heritage, especially for youth. Cross-cultural sharing of differences and similarities improves under- standing and deepens appreciation for societal values, perspective, culture and history. For more information, visit Huajatolla Heritage Foundation.


Book Signing with Pamela Ward at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Pamela Ward will be at La Veta Mercantile to sign copies of her new book, “One Ember Away” Saturday, June 8, 12-2 pm. “One Ember Away: Colorado’s Spring Creek Fire” is a 176-page coffee table book full of photographs and stories about the fire: the losses, the saves, returning from evacuation, and celebrations of survival. Profits from the sale of this book go to Cuchara Hermosa, which works to beautify the Valley and im- prove the quality of life in the Spanish Peaks region.


Diverters: Update meeting on Headgate Restoration

WALSENBURG — In light of potential dam- aging floods originating from the Spring Creek fire burn scar, the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District has been cooperating in a headgate restoration study focused on the approximate 110 water diversions/headgates that are located where they are most likely to be damaged or destroyed. Preliminary results of that study will be presented by the study leader, Gerald Blackler of Enginuity, during a meeting Saturday, June 8, 3 to 5 pm in the auditorium of Washington School, 201 East Fifth Street. Water diverters are encouraged to attend, and the meeting is open to the public. Questions will be answered during the meeting, and in- formation will be disseminated about possible courses of action for diverters when damaging floods occur.


Shelley Morningsong at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — 2016 Native American Music Awards “Artist of the Year” Shelley Morning- song will perform Saturday, June 8, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Morningsong (N. Cheyenne/Dutch) has recorded five sensational Native American, Contemporary albums and has emerged as one of New Mexico’s finest Native performers. She has received three Native American music awards, among other awards and accolades, including Native American Music Awards’ “Record of the Year” for 2011 (Full Circle). With an alto voice that pulls from the depths of her cowboy boots, and songs with lyrics that cut to the heart, Morningsong will appeal to those who enjoy the music of Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bonnie Raitt. Morningsong has played guitar since she was a youngster, when she also learned to play the classical flute. Since then she’s mastered the Native flute, on which she performs skillful, heartfelt instrumentals on some of her compositions. This is a fundraiser for the Huajatolla Heritage Foundation. Tickets are $18 advance or $20 day of show.


The River Arkansas at Deerprint Wine & Bistro

LA VETA — Sunday, June 9, 6 pm, The River Arkansas, a band made up of some of the fi- nest musicians on the Colorado Front Range will perform at Deerprint. Fronted by Mike Clark of Haunted Windchimes fame, the band delivers a mixture of heartfelt country, blues, folk, and Americana, inspired by the Arkansas River.

Tickets available here:


Watercolor Painting at SPACe with Kathy Hill

LA VETA — Tuesday June 11 through Thursday, June 13, Learn the basic techniques of painting with watercolors at the all day work- shop June 11, 9:30-Noon and 2–4:30 pm for $75. All materials can be provided for an additional $25 with 2 weeks advance registration. Follow up with half day workshops June 12 & 13 for $35. June 11 will focus on land- scape painting, June 12 will be evergreen trees and June 13, flowers. July 16 will be an all day workshop for $75, same as June 11. Advance registration is required. Call 719 742-3074 for more information.


Art Journaling at LVSA

LA VETA — The La Veta School of the Arts is offering Art Journaling on June 15 and 16. This class, taught by instructor Ruth Heal, shows students ways of expressing themselves using words, color, images, and collage. It connects participants with their innate creativity and al- lows them to enhance their life experience with personal growth.

In this course learn simple creative techniques and methods of working that can be used to create a powerful and lasting expression of life and bring clarity around life events. Students will also learn techniques to eliminate blocks to self-expression.

Ruth Heal is an artist who teaches yoga and meditation. She has studied art at the College of Marin, art journaling for eight years, keeping a written journal for 25 years and keeping a daily journal for 12 years. She finds all journaling brings clarity to the pro- cess of personal growth. Adding art to journaling is relaxing, fulfilling and leads to present moment awareness. Ruth is committed to sharing life enhancing practices with others, encouraging people to connect with and express their creativity.

Class will be held at The La Veta School of the Arts – across from town park in La Veta. For more information call 719.742.5193. email

Register at our website Cost is $150 for this two- day workshop. A supply list will be provided at registration.



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. This week listen to the House Band featuring Sam Young. Food and drink available for purchase. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket! For more information call 719-846-7217.


Trail Building Seminar

TRINIDAD — The City of Trinidad has contracted with one of the best trail building companies in the nation (Tony Boone Trails) to teach us how to correctly build hiking/biking trails. Their instructors will be here all day on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2.. Go to City Hall at 135 N. Animas St. and sign up with the City Manager’s assistant on the 3rd floor. For more information:


TPD Torch Run for Special Olympics

TRINIDAD — Join Trinidad Police Department and local law enforcement to help raise money for Special Olympics Saturday, June 1, 8 am. The start of run is at Exit 11. Runners and police escort will carry the torch from exit 11 to Main Street. Once on Main Street, the race for individuals will begin. Individuals will carry the torch a city block at a time, to another individual stationed from Main Street to Kit Carson bypass, to exit 15 and ending at exit 18. For information, contact Dan Duran at


Spur of the Moment at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Spanish Peaks Inn located in beautiful Gulnare, Colorado will host Spur of the Moment band Saturday, June 1, 8 pm to 12 am. There is a $5 cover. The Inn also offers Thursday and Friday night food specials, and Taco Tuesdays. Spanish Peaks Inn also has lodging and RV spaces. For more information call 719-941-4288.


Apishipa Valley Heritage Center new location and summer hours

AGUILAR — The AVHC in Aguilar is planning to open for the summer months at a new location and will celebrate by honoring “Aguilar- The Early Years” on Saturday, June 1, 10 am to 2 pm at 132 E. Main Street. Learn about the early days as we celebrate the 125 year anniversary of the Town of Aguilar. There will be food and craft vendors and fun with “living history” as members take on historic characters. Come see the restored blacksmith shop and the collection this organization has saved for future generations. The hours for AVHC are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm, or by appointment. More info: 719-680-1393 or 719-406-520.


SCDDS Summer Kick-Off Party

TRINIDAD — The Summer Kick-Off Party for special needs kids, teens, and families will be held Saturday, June 1, 1 to 3 pm at Alta Vista Alternatives, 415 S Indiana Avenue. The party will include a BBQ lunch and outdoor fun. The party is open to any special needs child or teen and the family and friends who love them. For more information call 719-846-4400.


ABC Disability Support Group crawfish boil fundraiser

TRINIDAD — We are looking to launch a new non-profit organization in town for our disabled community. The aim of A.B.C. Disability Support Group is to provide information and support for the families and persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We are holding the first fundraiser, a Crawfish boil, Saturday, June 1, 1 to 3 pm at Big R, 2208 Freedom Road. The cost is $8 a pound cooked, preorders welcome until May 30. Sales will take place until sold out.

We also hope to better enrich the lives of our disabled in the future by doing social emotional gathering. Being parents of a disabled child we know first hand the need for such a group. For more information call 719-220-4558.


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet

TRINIDAD — The RMEF, Trinidad Chapter 25th Annual Ban- quet will be held Saturday, June 1, 4:30 to 8 pm at Sebastiani Gym, 206 N Animas Street. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or by contacting Allen Kirby at 719-748-9068. Doors open at 4:30 PM.


Canvas & Conversation

TRINIDAD —The monthly Canvas and Conversation at Mt Carmel Wellness Center, 911 Robinson Ave. will be Monday, June 3, 6- 8 pm. The cost for the class is $25 per person which includes art supplies, snacks, glass of wine and wonderful conversation! Call Patricia Duran at 719-845-4875 to reserve your spot or email Patricia at


Contractors building code workshop

TRINIDAD — Attention contractors: The 2018 building codes can throw a wrench into your plans and cost you money if you aren’t ready. Colorado Code Consulting will be on hand at Trinidad State (Trinidad Campus) to present two free work- shops on Tuesday, June 11; an RSVP is required by June 5.

The course will be covering the International Building Code, the International Residential Code and the Energy Code. An IBC Overview will be held in the morning followed by IRC Building and Energy Overview in the afternoon. For more info call Donna Haddow (719-846-5724)


Take-in for TALAS art show

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Area Art Show will be held in June for its 18th year! TALAS is a juried show with cash prizes and ribbons awarded for two dimensional and three dimensional original artwork. Take-in will be Wednesday, June 5, 10 am to 5 pm at the Corazon Gallery, 149 E. Main. Entries are $15 each, with a maximum of 3 entries. The artist’s reception will be on Friday, June 7, 5 to 7:30 pm. Call the Corazon Gallery for more information (719)846-0207.


Network Council meeting

TRINIDAD — Come share what’s going on with your organization and hear what everyone else is doing Thursday, June 6, 8 am at the 2nd floor Community Room of the First National Bank Galleria building. Network Council meetings are where we discuss upcoming ideas, activities and community excitement. Come be part of the network!


Opioids/cannabis: effects on the brain

TRINIDAD — The community is invited to a presentation by Kenneth Finn, M.D., Thursday, June 6, 5 pm at the Trinidad Middle School Auditorium. This free presentation with pizza and drinks included is sponsored by the Las Animas/Huerfano Health Department.

Dr. Finn, will be speaking initially on the evidence that cannabis is not a good opioid substitution, it is more a companion drug; Colorado’s MMJ program; the issues of crime/violence; and the new “CBD” wave. Additionally, he will discuss the risks associated with Adolescent use and addiction as well as risks to the developing brain.

Dr. Finn has been practicing in Colorado Springs for 25 years. He is Board Certified in these areas: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1995), Pain Medicine (1998), Pain Management (2000). He is a member of: Governor’s Task Force on Amendment 64, Consumer Safety and Social Issues Work Group, Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council (2014-2018), Providers Marijuana Task Force (2018), American Board of Pain Medicine Exam Council (2001), Ap- peals Committee (2016), and Board of Directors (2014).

This will be a great for judicial, law enforcement, students, parents, medical professionals and community members. For more information call 719-846-2213 Ext 24.


Trinidad First Friday Art Walk

TRINIDAD — Stop, shop, and attend several opening receptions on Main Street in Trinidad for the First Friday Art Walk, Friday, June 7, 5 to 7 pm.


Opening reception for April Buchschacher

TRINIDAD — The Marketplace Gallery, 149 E Main invites all to attend an opening reception for April Buchschacher, con- temporary Folk Art painter, Friday, June 7, 5 to 7:30 pm. Buchschacher is an artist from La Veta, Colorado.


Trinidad Area Local Artist Show opening reception

TRINIDAD — The annual TALAS show will have an opening reception with refreshments Friday, June 7, 5 to 7 pm at Corazon Gallery, 149 E. Main Street, #1. This show will be on dis- play through June 29. For more information call 719-846-0207.


Thom Anderson opening at Trinidad Photography Gallery

TRINIDAD — There will be an opening reception for the Thom Anderson Show Friday, June 7, 5 to 7 pm at Trinidad Photography Gallery, 319 W Main. The show will be on dis- play through June 29. For more information call 214-336-4229.


Super Trinidad Rodeo Adventure Ride

TRINIDAD — The next Explore Las Animas Dirt Series ad- venture ride will be Saturday, June 8, 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 3:00 PM) Followed by dinner (apx 4:00 PM)

Probably one of the tougher rides of the entire Explore Las Animas Dirt Series. It coincides with the annual Santa Fe Trail Days festivities in Trinidad. The ride consists of two gap passes. They are Trinchera Pass in New Mexico, and San Francisco Creek Pass on the Colorado-New Mexico border. Both of these gaps played prominent roles in the lives of Native Americans and the cattle drives of 19th century. The border crossing nature of the ride, along with the scenic landscape, makes this one of the bucket list rides of Trinidad-Las Animas County.

$75 registration. For more information call or email: 303- 775-8486


Call for volunteers: KaBOOM! Adventure Course

TRINIDAD — We need 200 community volunteers to help build a new state-of-the-art Adventure Course in one day. Las Animas County and The Colorado Health Foundation will join KaBOOM! on Saturday, June 8, 8:30 am to 3 pm to transform an empty site at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds, 2200 North Linden Avenue, into a wonderful course that will help make play the easy choice, and extend childhood for older kids in Trinidad and surrounding areas. See full article page 18.


Wheels Car & Bike Show

TRINIDAD — All makes and models of cars and bikes are welcome at this exhibition in Trinidad Saturday, June 8, 9 am to 5 pm at Central Park, 700 Smith Avenue. Set up for cars and vendors begins at 7am, event at 9am. Proceeds will benefit a new flag pole at Simpson’s Rest and to Combat Hero Bike Build. For more information: Rick Baneulos 719-589-1799; Greg Jacobson 719-680-5237


Concert at Trinidad Lake State Park

TRINIDAD — Willson & McKee will be joined by Jaquie Gipson for a concert Saturday, June 8, 6-8 pm at Trinidad Lake State Park, 32610 State Highway 12. A homemade dessert bar will be provided! A $5 donation is suggested for each dessert/drink combo. This event is free to the public. All vehicles must have a daily or annual Park pass.



ALOHA Spring Luau

RATON — St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s 1st Annual Saints in Action Dance will be held Friday, May 31, 7 to 9 pm at the Parish Hall. Tickets are available at the Parish Hall, K-Bobs, and Subway Raton. The tickets are $5 and limited availability.


Sugarite Canyon Fishing Derby continues this week

RATON — The Sugarite Fishing Derby is a nine-day fishing extravaganza at Sugarite Canyon State Park, Saturday, May 25, 6 am through Tuesday, June 2, 12 pm. There are daily door prizes, as well as a Kids’ Derby that will take place on Saturday, June 1. Regular entrance fee, for info call 575-445-5607.


Free Fishing Day in NM

RATON — It’s never too early to begin planning fishing trip! Anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, June 1, as the state celebrates National Boating and Fishing Week. For more information, please visit


Ribbon cutting for Climax Canyon Trail

RATON — There will be a ribbon cutting for the Climax Can- yon Nature Trail to celebrate its designation as a National Recreation Trail on Saturday, June 1, 8 am before the start of the Climax Canyon 5k Run/ Walk at 10am.


Emergency Preparedness Training

SPRINGER — Springer Methodist Church, 320 Maxwell Avenue, will host an emergency preparedness presentation on Saturday, June 1, 10 am to 3 pm. It is free and open to everyone. We will briefly cover family – home preparedness, active shooter training, and church emergency preparedness. A donation of $3 is requested for the booklet. Please plan to attend.


Grin & Bear It mountain bike 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).

Contact Robert (Mac)McIvor at 575-445-5607 leave message or email me


BHATTY 4 Foundation golf tournament

RATON — Come out and test your skills, in this thrilling, competitive event Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2 at Raton Country Club! Players play the same as a scramble, except the players need to hole the put: if one player holes the put and the other does not, then both putt from the non – holed spot again until both puts are holed. There will be player payout prizes and a Saturday night cocktail party!! To enter or just for more information call: 575-445-8113.


Climax Canyon 5k Trail Run

RATON — “They Don’t Call It Climax Canyon For Nothin” Come out Saturday, June 1, 10 am for fun and exercise, celebrate National Trail Day and the designation of the Climax Canyon Trail as a National Recreation Trail. There is a $25 registration fee (funds go to support 2019 MOM)

Register at the Dept. of Parks and Recreation office (in the Raton Regional Aquatic Center) or on-line registration at Make checks payable to friends of sugarite. Call 575-445-2413 or visit


Dinner at the Coal Camp Kitchen

RATON — REMINDER: Please join us for an evening of entertainment and great food in support of the Coal Camp Kitchen Saturday, June 1, 5 pm at Raton Convention Center Lower Level. Proceeds from this dinner will be dedicated 100% to the purchase of equipment and supplies for the kitchen. For tickets call 575-245-9000 or email:


10th Annual Raton Family Tent Revival

RATON — The annual Raton Tent Revival will be held Sun- day, June 2 through Sunday, June 16. Don’t forget to bring your favorite lawn chair, enjoy a free dinner at 6 pm, praise and worship 6:45 pm and guest speaker at 7:30 pm nightly. The revival is held 4 miles west on HWY 555, York Canyon Road, follow the signs and follow us on facebook @


Raton Summer Carnival

RATON — The Raton Summer Carnival at Raton High School, sponsored by Raton Mainstreet, will be held Thursday, June 6, 5 pm through Sunday, June 9. Purchase your arm bands early and save big. Armbands are $18 in advance or $28 at the carnival on sale now at Inbank Main Branch, South Branch, and Trinidad. They are also available at the Old Pass Gallery on 1st Street in Raton. The carnival hours are Thursday, 5 to 10 pm; Friday, 5 to 11 pm; Saturday, 3 to 11 pm; and Sunday, 3 to 9 pm. Come see the new for 2019 Monkey Maze!


National Scouting Historian Summit

CIMARRON — Scouting’s first-ever event about protecting, preserving, and sharing the rich heritage of the Boy Scouts of America will be held Sunday, June 9 through Saturday June 15 at Philmont Scout Ranch, 17 Deer Run Road. The National Historian Summit is open to all Scouts and Scouters 14 years of age or older. This week-long summit will immerse participants in the rules, tools, and strategies for capturing and preserving Scouting’s rich heritage while focusing on how to create a robust local history program. For more information visit:


Call for volunteers for Sugarite Project!

RATON — We are looking for a few volunteers to help out with doing some trail work on the Coal camp trail. The dates of the project are June 15 & 16. If we don’t get enough help, we will have to put off this project for maybe another year. Last year we completed phase 1. We would like to finish up phase 2 so we can call this project complete. The project is to restore many of the water bars that have washed away over the years and address some of the other trail issues. If you would like to help out, please contact Robert D McIvor, Park Superintendent, Sugarite Canyon State Park, 211 Hwy 526, 575-445-5607 ASAP!


Balloon festival seeks sponsorships

RATON — The 2019 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally Committee is excited to be working hard on presenting the balloon rally July 4th-6th. The Pilots’ Reception is scheduled for July 3rd with Mass Ascensions the mornings of the 4th, 5th, & 6th. In the past, Raton’s balloon rally was attended by hundreds of visitors each year and is free to the public.

We are requesting the community’s help in making this year’s event a high flying success! At this time, the committee is seeking local sponsors for our balloon pilots. We are seeking businesses, families, class reunions, or individuals interested in being a sponsor.

As a sponsor, not only will you be invited to the Pilots’ Reception, but you will have the privilege to participate in all that ballooning involves – from filling the envelope with hot air, to becoming part of the chase crew, to flying with your pilot. We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Main Street office at the Old Pass Gallery or call Brenda Ferri (575) 445-2052, Christine Valentini (575) 445-2457 or Jessica Barfield 575-245- 9000 for more information.

Thank you very much for taking the time to participate in the beloved International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally and sup- porting our community.



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Earn a Junior Ranger badge at Lathrop

WALSENBURG — Saturday morning, June 1, in recognition of National Trails Day, the park naturalist will lead a hike on the Hogback Trail. Topics will include: rules of the trail, using field guides, and the purpose of self-guided hikes. This is an activity for all ages. Kids who participate can earn a Junior Ranger badge & certificate. The activity will begin at 9 am at the Hogback Trailhead on the north side of Martin Lake.


Youth fitness bootcamp

LA VETA – Two Peaks Fitness is offering a fit- ness bootcamp every Saturday June 1 through August 10, 9 am-12 noon. The bootcamp is for ages 13-18 and includes High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Cardio, and Nutrition Education. There is no cost to participants! The camp is led by a certified personal trainer. Register at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St, 719-742-3555.


Free Cultural Art Education Classes

LA VETA — The Francisco Fort Museum and the Huajatolla Heritage Foundation are de- lighted to announce FREE cultural art education classes! Classes will be held at the fantastic Francisco Fort Museum, 306 S Main St. every Friday, 1-3 pm beginning Friday, June 7 and concluding August 9. Classes are designed for children ages 5-14. Class size is limited to 15 so RSVP to 719-890-4699


Kid’s Fishing Derby at Lathrop State Park

WALSENBURG — A fishing derby for kids under 16 will be held at Lathrop State Park, Saturday, June 8, 10 am to 1 pm. The first 50 children will receive free fishing poles. Bring sunscreen, water, and chairs. Lunch will be provided. CPW officers and state patrol troopers will be on hand to assist. Parents are encouraged to attend. For more information call 719-738-2376


Art for Kids-ya gotta have art

LA VETA — The SPACe 2019 Youth Art Work- shop in La Veta is the week of July 8-12, 9 am to noon each day for children who have completed Kindergarten to those entering 6th grade. All materials are provided.

Children entering 1st – 3rd grades will spend the week exploring and creating art. This five day workshop, held at the La Veta School of the Arts, will include two amazing projects. Kids will work with clay on a Fossil and Container project, which includes research looking at fossils, and drawing before working in clay. The second project includes creating Japanese Paste paper, making dynamic patterns and textures. The children will also be learning about symmetry, drawing and collage-the art of using a variety of papers and gluing them to a surface. This project allows them to explore the insect world while choosing an image for their collages. Inspiration for this project comes from the artist and author Eric Carl.

Patti Paiz Jones will be the instructor for the 1st – 3rd grade children. She received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in art education and brings 36 years’ experience teaching art to grades 1 – 12.

Young people entering 4th – 6th grades will learn how to create their own video games, under the direction of Rachael Schneider. The workshop will be held at the La Veta High School Media Center, with devices provided by the school. Rachael received a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree with a focus in electronic art, and a minor in technical theater from Colorado State University.

The fees for the workshops are $55 for the first child, $25 for additional siblings. Ask about fee waivers. Register at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus (The Gallery in the Park) in La Veta or online at Call 719 742-3074 for more information.


Teen Art Workshop at SPACe

LA VETA — Young people entering 7th – 12th grades are invited to spend five afternoons July 8 – 12 discovering new ways to create with clay, cardboard, and paper. Projects include 3D paper sculptures and printmaking. The work- shop will be held at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus in La Veta from 1 pm – 4 pm. Instructor Patti Paiz Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in art education. She brings 36 years’ experience teaching art to grades 1 – 12.

Fees are $55 which includes all materials. Additional siblings are $25 each. Fee waivers are available. Space is limited, register early! Pick up registration forms at SPACe or register online at the SPACe website: www.Spanish- For more information call SPACe at 719 742-3074 or email:



Las Animas County 4-H Livestock Clinic

TRINIDAD — Thanks to a grant from the Trinidad Community Foundation, Las Animas County will be holding a livestock clinic on Saturday, June 1, 11 am to 4:30 pm at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds, 2200 N Linden Ave. The clinic will have species specific sessions in the afternoon for sheep, goats, swine, and small animals. The cost is $10 with lunch included.

Each of the four sessions will have a drawing for a $150 gift card to Valley Vet Supply. There are clinicians coming from all over south- east Colorado and Kansas. For more information: 719-846-6881


Carnegie Library summer reading & programs for youth

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

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

Event Schedule for kids 4 to 12 years old: Opening Day-Wed, June 5 1 to 3 pm at Cimino Park
Space Foundation-Wed, June 12 1 to 3 pm at the Library

Crafts and Storytime-Wed, June 19, 1 to 3 pm in the Library
Magic Show-Wed June 26, 1 to 3 pm at the Community Center

old: Event Schedule for teens 11 to 18 years

Opening Day-Wed, June 5, 1 to 3 pm at Cimino Park
Movie & Popcorn-Mon, June 17, 1 to 3 pm at the Library

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

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



Vacation Bible School at First Baptist

RATON — It’s Vacation Bible School time Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 7 at First Baptist Church, 236 South 3rd Street! VBS is free and open to all children ages 4 years through 6th grade. Gas up the all-terrain vehicle and head out on a wilderness adventure like no other. Get up close and personal with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles, and so much more! This summer kids will focus in on some amazing, real-life encounters with Jesus and discover the most amazing truth of all—Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing we can have life in His name. Each day kids will make crafts, play fun games, enjoy tasty snacks, sing cool songs, and learn about missions.

This week of fun, food, and exciting learning opportunities is free of charge and open to everyone. Call 575-445-3571 or visit our website for more information.


Cimarron summer reading program: “A Universe of Stories”

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