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Upcoming Events for week of November 21, 2019


1st National Bank calendar distribution

RATON/TRINIDAD/WALSENBURG — Come join us for the annual holiday open house and 2020 Calendar distribution, Friday, Dec. 6, 9 am to 3 pm be at these 1st National Bank locations: Loan Production Office, 1247 S. Second Street, Raton; The Main Bank, 100 E. Main Street, Trinidad; and Huerfano County Branch, 135 W. 6th Street. The title of our beautiful calendar for 2020 is “Remembering Our Neighborhood Grocery Stores.”



32nd annual Gardner one room schoolhouse today

GARDNER — For the 32nd year, Gardner School has set aside a day to celebrate the combination of new ideas in education with the traditional ones by setting up the entire school population in one-room schoolhouses. The project has been such a success in years past that the school will celebrate again this year on Thursday, Nov. 21. The “schoolhouses” will simulate the local one room schoolhouses, which were scatted through- out the Gardner area. Open to the public.


Advanced directives

WALSENBURG — Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care will host an informational presentation Thursday, Nov. 21, 1 pm at Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue. Take the first step to ensure your values and wishes are honored when it comes to end-of-life care. Join us for a dedicated class to make your wishes known by completing a basic set of advanced directives. For more info please call 719-846-3060.


1621, A New Look at Thanksgiving

LA VETA — La Veta Library is partnering with Huajatolla Heritage Foundation for a thought-provoking program Thurs- day, Nov. 21, 2 pm at the library. The program, “1621, A New Look at Thanksgiving” will explore some of the myths and realities we have grown accustomed to as the Thanksgiving experience handed down for generations. Heritage Foundation members will offer a new look at the real history behind the event that inspired the myth of The First Thanksgiving.


Important public meeting – Parks, Open Space and Trails Plan

LA VETA — Have a say in the La Veta Parks, Open Space and Trail Master Plan by attending the first public meeting today, Thursday, Nov. 21, 4 to 6 pm at the La Veta Community, 131 E. Ryus Avenue. THK Consultants, hired to develop the plan, will introduce the project and gather community feedback. Your input is extremely valuable! Please help us ensure that we understand your perspective before planning begins by at- tending this upcoming public meeting. La Veta Trails in partnership with the Town of La Veta and La Veta School District are working on the La Veta Parks, Trails and Open Space Master Plan. This master planning effort will evaluate possible layout and programing features for the Town of La Veta, including connectivity, trail improvements, and outdoor recreation features. The plan is funded by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Health Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, and NextFifty Initiative. For more information, contact Marilyn Russell at (719) 890-4071, or


Huerfano County Dems meet tonight

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the central committee of the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be held tonight, Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell Avenue. All Democrats are invited to attend! This is a very important election year, please get involved!


Family Game Night at SPLD

WALSENBURG — Bring the family out to Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Games and snacks provided. All are welcome. For more in- formation call 719-738-2774.


Open mic at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Comedy, poetry, singing, acting, or your chance at getting on your soapbox for a few minutes is what open mic night is all about. The next open mic will be Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 pm. Reserve your space soon, because this is a favorite event. Open mic is a free event hosted by world famous blues musician Ken Saydak. Contact the Mercantile to reserve your space by calling 719-742-3387.


Plant-A-Book at La Veta Library

LA VETA — This holiday season do something special for someone who is close to you and help grow the La Veta Library children’s book collection. Planting a book in the Library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative. Choose from the pre-selected books on display at La Veta Library. A dedication bookplate will be placed inside the book of your choice and we will give you a personalized card for your special person. Plant-A-Book begins Friday, Nov. 22. All Books cost $15. Contact us at 742-3572 or email for more information.


CVCCS Thanksgiving service and Christmas food baskets

CUCHARA — The Cuchara Valley Christian Community Services Thanksgiving service will be on Friday, Nov. 22, 6 pm at the Cuchara Christian Fellowship. Come join us! Bring non- perishable food items for the Christmas Baskets.


Mollie O’Brien, Rich Moore at the Merc

LA VETA — At home in nearly any genre of music, Mollie O’Brien moves effortlessly between folk, blues, and R&B. Come out Friday, Nov. 22, 7 pm to the La Veta Mercantile to hear her sing. She has released a number of Americana albums with her brother, Grammy-winner Tim O’Brien. She is currently based in Denver, and regularly tours and performs with her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, as a duo. Together they have released one studio album,” Saints and Sinners” and a live CD, “900 Base- line”. She has regularly appeared on shows such as “A Prairie Home Companion”, “Mountain Stage”, and contributed vocals to the Grammy-winning album “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe”. Ticket prices to be announced.


St. Ann’s Guild Christmas Sale

LA VETA — Come out Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 to 3 pm at Christ the King Church Hall for the Avon Holiday Shop and St. Ann’s Guild Christmas Sale. There will be great deals and a door prize!


Meet the new pastors at New Hope Ministries

WALSENBURG — Come meet Pastor Lionel and Anna Palacios at their second service Sunday, Nov. 24, 9 am at their church, 108 Kansas Avenue, next to Loaf ‘N Jug. There will also be a prayer service Saturday, Nov. 23, 12 pm. For more in- formation call: 720-498-7634 or 720-544-9686.


15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival

CUCHARA — Calling all “go big or go home” winter enthusiasts! Get ready to get goosebumps while you “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” at the impact and importance of our winter wildlands through this collection of short films. The fifteenth annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show in Cuchara on Saturday, Nov. 23, at The Timbers Restau-rant.

All proceeds will benefit Spanish Peaks Alpine Alliance (SPAA). Spanish Peaks Alpine Alliance is a non-profit organization in Huerfano to promote summer and winter outdoor alpine recreation. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Admission price of $10 includes your 2020 SPAA membership. Doors open at 5:00 and the screening beings at 6:00.

This film festival is produced each year as a celebratory, backcountry community event by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the 15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival film line-up is full of snowy, cinematic adventure sure to inspire both the local backcountry and general communities. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human- powered snow sports experience on public lands. By partnering with groups like Spanish Peaks Alpine Alliance at a local level, the Winter Wildlands Alliance raises funds for these groups and communities.


Hometown Heroes seeks names of deployed service members

HUERFANO COUNTY — Huerfano Hometown Heroes organization is looking for names of deployed service members with any local ties. We are getting ready for Christmas boxes. We will be packing during Thanksgiving week. Donations of snacks, reading materials, cards, and always donations for cost of postage are always welcome. Please send or text names to or 303-859-5085.


SCCY hosts community Thanksgiving

WALSENBURG — Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth is having its annual FREE Thanksgiving Dinner Monday, Nov. 25, 5 to 7 pm at Delaney Hall. This is SCCY’s way of saying thank you to the citizens of Huerfano County who continually sup- port our efforts to help the youth realize their full potential and achieve their dreams. This dinner is a community event that is being supported by many entities in the community. We hope to see all of Huerfano at the dinner. Come and dine with us and share delicious food, wonderful friends, and share each other’s company during the holiday season.


Water Conservancy District Board meeting rescheduled

WALSENBURG — The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held Monday, Nov. 25, 6 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority, 220 Russell Avenue. Agenda items will include: Water case 2019CW3064; grant project updates; Sheep Mtn Aug Facility Phase 3 update; collaborative storage phase 5 grant applications status; river reports; director committee reports. The meeting is open to the public. An executive session may be held near the end of the meeting if needed to discuss on- going litigation; real, personal or other property interests; receiving legal advice on specific legal questions; and to determine

positions on negotiations.


Film premiere- Hunters: Impel Reprisal

WALSENBURG — Come out Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7:30 pm for a locally produced short film premiere at the Fox Theater. “Hunters: Impel Reprisal” is an action/adventure meets anime and post-apocalypse story with a little alter- nate timeline, sci-fi ,and just a dash of historical drama. It might also make you laugh. Tickets are $5. Trailer: or


Eagles open house & craft sale (vendors wanted!)

WALSENBURG — Eagles Hall, 614 Main Street, will be open before and after the parade of lights Friday, Nov. 29. Food and hot chocolate will be served. Vendors can rent a table for $15; call 738-2861 or 738-3116 to re- serve your space. Come out and enjoy this wonderful community event!


30th Annual Parade of Lights

WALSENBURG — Join us for an evening of holly jolly fun Friday, Nov. 29 for the 30th annual Holiday Parade of Lights! The theme this year is “Sweets and Treats”. The parade begins at 6:30 pm; lineup is at 6 on East Spruce Street.

After the parade, visit us at Legends flooring for hot cocoa, cookies, and visit with Santa Claus himself! For participation information visit Legends Flooring, 726 Main Street, or call Laurie at (719) 738-2033.


HCU Community Tree Decorating

WALSENBURG — Huerfano County United invites the public to help decorate the community tree Friday, Nov. 29, 2 pm at the Courthouse. We will have fun with caroling and hot apple cider with a special visit from Santa.


Free family holiday movie

WALSENBURG — Come out to the Fox Theatre after the Parade of Lights Friday, Nov. 29, 8 to 9:30 pm. We will have a free family friendly film (to be announced) For more in- formation call 719-695-2199.


Walsenburg Holiday Market

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Holiday Market will be Saturday Nov. 30, 10 am to 4 pm at the Museum of Friends, 6th and Main. This year we are combining the Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market Holiday Boutique with the Museum of Friends Marketplace of Ideas, for a very special event which will include art, crafts, and gifts for sale as well as participation from local artists and makers. There will be baked goods, holiday refreshments and a visit from Santa too.

Nov. 30th is Small Business Saturday, and we encourage everyone to come out to the event and to visit all the other Huerfano County businesses to “Shop Small and sup- port your local community!”

If you are interested in being a vendor please contact Kristy McClendon at Rollin’ Smoke Garage BBQ.


Comfort Food Dinner

WALSENBURG — The Nov. community dinner at the United Church of Walsenburg will be Saturday, Nov. 30, 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. During the winter hours the dinners will be held at 5 pm.

This month’s dinner will feature soups (comfort food to end our time of Thanksgiving and to begin the Christmas season). Home baked dinner rolls, assorted desserts, and, of course, drinks. As always the dinner is free, and we do take donations to continue the dinners. Come and enjoy the wonderful food and joyful live music. Enter the church through the ramp door on the southwest corner of the building, across from Loaf ‘n Jug. Everyone is welcome and we’d love to see you there!


Shawn Brown at the Merc

LA VETA — Shawn Brown will be back at the La Veta Mercantile Saturday, Nov. 30, 7 pm! Shawn, master of the Hammond B3 and “Most Soulful Vocalist” this side of the Mississippi, learned music while playing Gospel with his family. His musical journey began at the age of 3 when he began playing the piano and then became the organist, accompanying his mother for their church at 8 years old.

Shawn’s latest album, Best Blues Money Can Buy, is a mix of Gospel, jazz, and blues. He has shared the stage with Al Green, Clarence Clemons, Christopher Cross, Earth Wind & Fire, Keith Sweat, Ronnie Earl, Lucky Peter- son, and Percy Sledge. Tickets are $18 in ad- vance; $20 day of show.


Call for vendors

LA VETA — Calling local artists and crafts people-time to plan for the Traditions Arts and Crafts Sale Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 am to 4 pm at La Veta Mercantile 300 S. Main. Limited space so contact Sandy Dolak, 719-251-1271 or for more info or to request space.


La Veta Annual Holiday Arts Fund Raiser

LA VETA — Each Dec. since 2008 the La Veta arts community has held an end of year culinary fund raising event. The event this year is on Saturday, Dec. 7, 5 to 7:30 pm. Come stroll among eight La Veta art galleries and enjoy a variety of delicious foods and beverages, as well as an exceptional variety of art- works, while contributing to local art programs and scholarships for both adults and children. Tickets are $25 each and are available for purchase at the participating venues. The 8 participating venues are: La Veta Gallery on Main, Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe), Painted Horse Gallery, Shalawalla Gallery & Gift Shop, La Veta School of the Arts, and Silvershoe as well as the two new venues this year: Crafted in Colorado and the Parkside Gallery of Wood Art. Tickets available at:

Each venue will provide some type of food and refreshment to ticket holders. The La Veta Gallery on Main, in keeping with longstanding tradition, will provide a selection of desserts. The other locations will pro- vide taster or small plate offerings along with beverages. Each venue will also be holding a drawing for a prize of their choosing. All ticket holders will be entered in the master drawing for an adult art scholarship with an estimated value of $100. There are a limited number of tickets available, so please purchase your tickets early. The FCPA Show Choir will provide Christmas caroling during this year’s event.


Holy Guacamole!

WALSENBURG — New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, located at 801 Pennsylvania in Walsenburg, will be hosting a guacamole fellowship Sunday evening, Dec. 8, beginning at 6 pm. Guacamole will be made fresh, in sight at each table! Everyone is in- vited with special emphasis on former at- tenders, friends, and neighbors of New Hope.


SPBA’s Second Annual Holiday Giving Celebration

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance is hosting the Second Annual Holiday Giving Celebration on Dec. 11, 6 to 9 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center.

The centerpiece of this event is an auction, where nonprofits give a 60-second speech that includes an overview of the organization and its needs for the year. Donations for the presenting non-profit will then be auctioned off to local businesses. There is no amount too small or too large, if you need in- kind donations, such as board members, volunteers, items, or services, please include them in the pitch. Ask for what you need.

Each nonprofit will have about 4 feet of table space to set up an information booth. At the end of the auction, bidders will be instructed to go to the information tables to sign letters of commitment and for nonprofits to collect contact information. It is generally expected that businesses will receive an invoice from the nonprofit for their financial commitment, though some businesses may prefer to pay that evening. We encourage nonprofits to bring a festive donation jar for their table.

Each nonprofit will also be included in an event guide. We request each participating nonprofit submit a statement of no more than 300 words that compliments your 60-second speech. This statement should include your requests and an overview of your organization. We also need a point of contact to list in the guide.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HOLIDAY AUCTION, you MUST be a member of the Alliance. Please email join requests, or if you are already a member, your statement and the name, phone number and/or email address of your point of contact to: EKSANDER@HUERFANO.US

Deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 6. Thank you in advance for your participation in the Second Annual SPBA Holiday Giving Celebration. Feel free to share this invitation with any nonprofits that are seeking funding in 2020. Together we can make a difference!


Diabetes prevention at SPRHC

WALSENBURG — Have you been told by a health care professional that you are at risk for getting diabetes or have prediabetes? You can prevent type 2 diabetes! Find out how to enroll in a diabetes prevention program at Spa- nish Peaks Regional Health Center by contacting Ellen White, Lifestyle Coach at 719- 738-5200 x407 or . This pro- gram is a CDC National Diabetes Prevention program can help you make a change for life.


St. Mary Cemetery Association notice

WALSENBURG — Please be advised that any and all decorations placed on the grave sites and mausoleum sites must be in the vases only. All decorations in the vases will be allowed to stay until March 2020. If any marker is missing a vase please call Dr. Fred Menghini at 738-2111.

Please note that any and all decorations placed outside of the vases will be removed immediately regardless of the season.


Lathrop State Park 2020 calendar sale

WALSENBURG — Lathrop State Park 2020 Calendars are now available. Proceeds from the calendar sales will be used in an ongoing Lathrop Visitor Center garden beautification program. Calendars can be purchased at the visitor center for $10 each. Calendar sales are cash only.



Learn to crochet at Aguilar Public Library today

AGUILAR — The Aguilar Public Library proudly presents a free program on crochet- ing, Thursday, Nov. 21, 12 to 2 pm. Learn the basics of crocheting taught by a local pro, Phyllis Donovon! Supplies are included for free! You must sign up at the library, or call 719-941-4426 ASAP in order to know how many supplies will be needed. The Library wants to acknowledge and thank the “Trinidad Community Foundation” for sponsoring this event.


Blood drive at Mt. San Rafael Hospital today

TRINIDAD — There will be a Blood Drive hosted by Mt. San Rafael Hospital in the Bloodmobile parked in front of the hospital Thursday, Nov. 21, 10 am – 2 pm. Contact Stacey Duncan, Laboratory Director, at (719) 845- 4299, with any questions or to set up a specific appointment time.


Watch battery replacement day today

TRINIDAD — Need a replacement batter? Come out Thursday, Nov. 21, 10 am – 4pm for Watch Battery Replacement Day, Mt. San Rafael Hospital- 410 Benedicta Avenue. Items can be serviced while you wait or dropped off and picked up before 4pm. Fashion watches will also be available for sale. Cash and credit card accepted. Call or email (719) 846-9213 for more information.


Operation Christmas Child

TRINIDAD — Shoe Box Drop-Off dates for the 2019 Operation Christmas Child will be held Nov. 18 to 25 at Fishers Peak Community Church- 10377 Santa Fe Trail. For any questions please call Mary Beach at 719-846- 8684 or Bonnie Groubert at 719-859-4252

Collection Week Hours:

Thursday 11/21 – 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Friday 11/22 – 2pm to 4pm

Saturday 11/23 – 10pm to 12pm

Sunday 11/24 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Monday 11/25 – 7:30am to 9:30am


Japanese art forms – SUMI-E

TRINIDAD — The next Japanese Art Forms class will be Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Carnegie Public Library of Trinidad, 202 N. Animas. SUMI-E is the Japanese word for Black Ink Painting. East Asian Painting and writing developed together in ancient China using the same materials —brush and ink on paper. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush.


Third Thursday Heritage Nights

TRINIDAD — Each third Thursday of the month Trinidad History Museum’s Kirby and Abigail will be serving up 15-20 minute history lessons, and then we will all create a hands on experience. This month, Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30 to 7:30 pm learn about wool spinning. We will bring over our wooden wool spinner and let everyone have a go! For more information call 719-846-2361.


Holiday opportunities in Trinidad

TRINIDAD — There are many opportunities to give this Holiday season in the Trinidad area.

The Trinidad Fireman’s Toy Drive has delivered the toy drive applications to all local schools, utility department at city hall, department of social services, and Trinidad Housing Authority. If you know of anyone needing as- sistance with Christmas, please fill out an application or contact Captain Drew Gatlin.

Shop with a Cop, is taking donations to assist underprivileged kids an opportunity to spend time with a local law enforcement officer and provided funds for Christmas shop- ping. Contact Community Service Officers Temple Young or Courtney Festi at 719-846- 2993 x 214 or 203

Holiday Food Drive benefiting Fisher’s Peak Soup Kitchen, now to Dec. 18 at the drop off location at Phil Long Toyota, 105 E. Cedar Street, donate a non-perishable food item and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to be used at Phil Long.


Trinidad Business Holiday Spirit Decorating Contest

TRINIDAD — The Corazon de Trinidad Historic Main Street Board and the City of Trinidad Tourism Board Presents “DECK THE HALLS” Business Spirit Decorating Competition. The application period ends Friday, Nov. 22.

The judging period will be Nov. 23 through Dec. 25, and on-site judging by panel is Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. Eligibility re- quires the decorations to be up no later than Nov. 22. Lights must stay on daily from dusk to 9 pm, and they must be dis- played Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

There will be three different voting opportunities. 1. will take place on FACEBOOK at VISIT TRINIDAD COLORADO and at TRINIDAD HISTORIC MAIN STREET. 2. Ballot voting on the Trinidad Trolley. 3. Panel of Judges.

1st Prize: 3 months of rent/mortgage paid*;
2nd Prize: 2 months of rent/mortgage paid*;
3rd Prize: 1 month of rent/mortgage paid*.
*Not to exceed 100% of rent/mortgage or $1,000 per month.
Rules and application forms are available at City Hall –

Call Kim Lopez @ 719-846-9843 or email . Advertising and prizes are underwritten by the City of Trinidad


Food drive at 1st Natl. Bank in Walmart

TRINIDAD — The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive at 1st National Bank- Walmart Location ends Friday, Nov. 22. Non perishable food and cash donations accepted. Help out those in need this holiday season.


Food drive at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Carnegie Public Library is accepting donations of non-perishable food, cash or check, or hats and gloves now until Friday, Nov. 22 for their annual food basket drive.


HOH Creator Fridays!

TRINIDAD — We are proud to announce that this fall’s Hands on History Fridays will focus on the arts! HOH is for kids in 1 through 8 grades and runs each Friday, 1 to 4 pm. The cost for the class is $9 per week. (Scholarships available for free/reduced lunch, or multiple sibling enrollment. HOH will be held each Friday through Dec. 20. These Fridays are sponsored by the Trinidad Community Foundation and in partner- ship with the Arts Council of Trinidad, whose members will be joining us to teach about different types of art techniques!

Each Friday will include a brief history lesson to introduce the topic and its significance, followed by hands on activities. This Friday, Nov. 22 – collage. Contact Abigail to enroll: 719- 846-7217 or .


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, Nov. 22, 3 to 4 pm. We’re seeking donations of new socks, soft food (like applesauce cups,) toothpaste, tooth- brushes, 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! Call for more info: 719-846-6841


Mt. Carmel Christmas Bazaar

TRINIDAD — Get your holiday shopping out of the way Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 am to 3 pm. Come shop local vendors at the Mt. Carmel, 911 Robinson Avenue, Christmas Bazaar and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.

These vendors will be there:
• Long Canyon Pottery • Bear Hugs and Cookies from Cherie’s Den • G & P Original Creations (Electrified Wood Art) • Sassy Chic (Jewelry & Home Decor Crosses) • Wire Wrap Stone Jewelry • Tamara Rose Vintage Indian Dupattas • Mesa Grande Jewelry • John Gifford Home Jewelry • Turkey Creek Creations • 4QI LLC Jewelry and Wellness Products • Bluemesa Creations • Made with These Hands • Lavender Farm Girl (Sachets, Candles, Pilllows, Cookies) • Argon Professional Management Systems LLC • DBA Lonely Tree De- sign Company • Debbie Armstrong Mary Kay • The Natural Choice Apothecary • Crafts by B&T • Herbal Persuasions, LLC • Simply Smitten Crochet • Early Intervention + Family Support Services SCDDS • One Free Bird Accessories • Whimsy Artisan Soap • Twisted Imagination


Bulldog Run

TRINIDAD — Saturday, Nov. 23, 8 am support the Primero High School 10th grade class by joining in either a 5k, 10k, half marathon run or 5k walk. The race starts and ends at 135 N. Animas at the Old Steam Engine. The route goes west on the Riverwalk, to County Road 20.8, to County Road 18.3, south to County Road 69.1 to the end of the road in Starkville. There will be water stations at the turnarounds, and Sophomores directing you along with Large Yellow Arrows. This is an out and back run.

Registration begins at 7am at the Trinidad Steam Engine (by Safeway), 135 N Animas Street. For more Information:


A Senior Thanksgiving

TRINIDAD — Somebody Care’s Project will be putting together boxes for seniors Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 am to 5 pm at 521 E. North Avenue. We will be having a short meeting and then putting together Thanksgiving Boxes for seniors in the Trinidad area. We will be accepting food donation’s for the box’s at the same address from 10- 5, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12 -22.

We are hoping to put enough food for a few meals. We will need a couple of volunteer’s to deliver boxes on Saturday Nov. 23rd and Sunday, Nov. 24th. We are putting Chicken in the box’s as these boxes are for one and two person house- holds. Contact Elaine for more info @ 719-846-2075 or PM our group on Facebook. Personal items and puzzle books as well as checks or cash also accepted. Made out checks to Somebody Cares Project. Please NO clothing at this time.


Black Water Draw at Spanish Peaks Inn in Gulnare

GULNARE — This Saturday, Nov. 23, 8 pm to 12 am dance to the music of Black Water Draw at Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6. There is a $5 cover charge. Food and drink available for purchase.

Spanish Peaks Inn has Taco Tuesdays and dinner specials on Thursday and Friday nights. Want to learn line dancing? Come out Wednesdays at 2:30 pm and join our line dancing group. Live music and dancing most weekends!


Abraham Lincoln program at UMC

TRINIDAD — Come out Sunday, Nov. 24, 10 am for a special presentation, “A Spiritual Anthology of Abraham Lincoln”, performed by David Lamb, noted historian and actor at United Methodist Church, 216 Broom.


Santa’s Gift Tree at 1st National Bank

TRINIDAD — Santa’s Gift Tree annual program for seniors will run from Monday, Nov. 25 through Monday, Dec. 16. at 1st National Bank. Choose a letter from the tree to fill a wish for a local senior citizen


Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

TRINIDAD — The 27th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, will be held Thursday, Nov. 28, 11am-2pm at Zion Lutheran Church, 510 Pine Street on the corner of Prospect and Pine.

 Volunteers needed. Beginning at 8 am volunteers will gather to put together meals to be delivered.
 The night before, we always could use help to pack up the non-perishables probably around 5 pm.

You don’t have to volunteer for the whole event, any time is appreciated


Spanish Peaks Inn Thanksgiving potluck

GULNARE — Join us for Thanksgiving Potluck, Thursday, Nov. 28, 4-8 pm. Bring a dish and beverage to share. For more information contact: 719-941-4288 or email


Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

TRINIDAD — Come join the community Thursday, Nov. 28, 11 am to 2 pm for the 27th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church, 510 Pine Street on the corner of Prospect and Pine.


Annual Tree Lighting

TRINIDAD — The Annual Tree Lighting, hosted by Trinidad Hometown Holidays, will be held Friday, Nov. 29, 5:15 at the lawn by the Courthouse. Entertainment will be by the Trini- dad Choral led by Garrett Watson. Hot cider and Hot Cocoa provided by Rotary. Come out to help kick off the Holidays!


Pottery show and sale at the Champions Building

TRINIDAD — There will be a Pottery sale/show opening hosted by The Trinidad Area Potters Syndicate Friday, Nov. 29, 4 through 7 pm at the Champions Building, 133 North Commercial. The show and sale will run through the weekend Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday the hours will be 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Stop by and see the work and say hello. Please stop by to meet the artists and look around!


Hometown Holidays bench dedication

TRINIDAD — Local artisan, Barbara Avis, has fabricated a bench in honor of our veterans. She has donated the bench to the City of Trinidad. The City has chosen to install the bench at the veterans’ memorial located on the corner of Convent and Modica across from Cimino Park. Hometown Holidays is organizing a dedication of the Veterans’ Memorial Bench to be held Saturday, Nov. 30, 3 pm.


Parade of Lights

TRINIDAD — The Annual Parade of Lights, hosted by Trini- dad Hometown Holidays, will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, 6 pm on Mainstreet. Entry forms at


Winter Art Show

TRINIDAD — The Mitchell Museum of Art, 150 E. Main will feature the Winter Art Show from Nov. 30 until January.


Gus Meza performs

TRINIDAD — Gus Meza will perform Saturday, Nov. 30, 5 to 8 pm at Trinidad Middle School, 614 Park. Meza is known for singing signatures songs of Ol’ Blue Eyes (Frank Sinatra) as well as a variety of music that easily fits for all occasions.

Tickets are $10 at the door, proceeds benefit Partners for a Drug Free Community and the Veterans Council. For more information visit or call 719-680-0619.


Aguilar church name change

AGUILAR — The little white church on Romero Street has a new name. The congregation has chosen Apishapa Valley Chapel in an attempt to attract new worshipers who are look- ing for a place to worship in a friendly casual atmosphere. A different visiting Presbyterian Pastor each Sunday makes for a diverse interpretation of the Scriptures at 10:40 am every Sunday. This new name better represents our location and a desire to reach out and bring in new friends, not just those who share our denominational roots. The church was built in 1906 and is on the Town of Aguilar Register of Historic Places. In earlier years it was known as the Community Church and served as a hub of many community social functions and it is our goal to bring it back to its former importance to the community.


Canvas & Conversation

TRINIDAD —The monthly Canvas and Conversation at Mt Carmel Wellness Center, 911 Robinson Ave. will be Monday, Dec. 2, 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


John Weyrr book signing at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Come out to meet local writer, John Weyrr Monday, Dec. 2, 5:30 to 7 pm. John was a regular member of the Writer’s Group. From the front desk, we would see him quietly come to meetings, manuscripts in hand, and later, quietly depart. Then, early this year, Weyrr published nine big novels in rapid succession. The complex plots are full of insightful humor, and require careful reading. John will bring copies of his novels for sale, and maybe we can coax him into reading some passages.


Media ethics in the age of President Trump

TRINIDAD — The next Food for Thought presentation Wednesday, Dec. 4, 12 to 1 pm is all about media ethics presented by Lee Ann Peck. Peck recently moved to Weston, Colorado. She teaches online graduate and undergraduate classes in media ethics at Colorado State University. She holds a journal- ism ethics doctoral degree and has master’s degrees in philosophy, mass communications, and English. She has also co-edited a media ethics textbook, Media Ethics at Work: True Stories from Young Professionals. President Trump has consistently labeled the media in general, “fake news.” Peck will discuss the difficulties of reporting in that kind of environment. The presentation is free and designed to foster education and discussion.

The presentation is free and designed to foster education and discussion during the lunch hour. Visitors may bring their lunch or pick up something from the college
cafeteria down the hall.

For more information: Contact Donna Haddow 719-846- 5724 or


Cooking for one

TRINIDAD — Join us for an evening of grief support combined with a special cooking class designed for those cooking for just themselves Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4 to 6 pm in the Garden Room at Mt. Carmel, 911 Robinson Ave.

You’ve lost your best friend and feel a bit confused without them. Things you took for granted now seem much more difficult. You used to cook for a large family or your spouse did most of the cooking, come learn with us. Each participant will leave each class with enough groceries to recreate the same meal at home. Call 719-845-4894 to register.


Winter Wonderland Party

TRINIDAD — The Winter Wonderland Party, hosted by A.B.C Disability Support Group, will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 to 8 pm at the Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Drive. The party will be a fun filled, sensory friendly Holiday party. We will have games, snacks and prizes for every child. This event is free for the disabled, their friends and family!


Japanese Art Forms – Kintsugi

TRINIDAD — The next class on Japanese Art Forms will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:30 pm at the Carnegie Public Library. Poetically translated to “golden joinery,” Kintsugi, or Kintsu-kuroi, is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery. Rather than rejoin ceramic pieces with a camouflaged adhesive, the Kintsugi technique employs a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.



Raton Lions Club Toy Land contest

RATON — The Raton Lions Club is having their third annual Toy Land Character Contest. We invite contestants to use their talent to create new characters that will be displayed on Apache Avenue on the way to City of Bethlehem. Everyone is welcome to participate in this contest; individuals, groups, businesses, clubs, etc. First place – $150 • Second Place – $100 • Third Place – $75 • Fourth Place – $50

Judging of the characters will be on Nov. 23 at 2pm at Climax Canyon. All characters made and donated will be accepted and displayed every year during the Christmas holiday. We ask that you put your name and date on the back of the character.

Call 575-447-1242 with questions and to register your name and character. We will let you know if the character you have chosen to make is available to avoid duplication.


Raton City Band welcomes new members

RATON — All are welcome to join and play with the Raton City Band! Currently, rehearsals are every Thursday, 6:30 pm at the Raton High School band room. Find us on Facebook (Raton City Band) or call Clint at 505-652-6637.


Umpteenth Craft Fair

RATON — The “Umpteenth Craft Fair” will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 am to 4 pm at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd. All tables are full and accounted for this event! 42 vendors will be in attendance. Concessions available! Home- made goods, jewelry, gift cards, quilting, wreaths, tote bags, glass blocks, and so much more are all on display and for sale! Come meet crafters from Trinidad to Springer and in between!


Mandala Center worship service

DES MOINES — The monthly worship service at the Mandala Center led by the Rev. Tim Sexton will be Sunday, Nov. 24. The service begins at 3 pm followed by a pot luck dinner. TMC is located at 96 Mandala Rd. 3 miles west of Des Moines, New Mexico. For more info call (575) 278-3002.


St Vincent de Paul Society Thanksgiving Dinner

RATON — The annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 28 at St Vincent, 104 Buena Vista Street. We will be serving 250-300 meals at St Patrick/St Joseph Parish Hall. There will be no delivery this year. Help donate to the cause with some holiday meal type foods, condiments, etc. Looking for holiday help? Call Sally at Parish Hall, 575-445- 9763 or Jaime at Serazio’s for more information.


Light the Night with luminarias at the Festival of Lights Friday. Nov 29

RATON — Raton Relay for Life invites you to honor those loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer, who are currently battling cancer, and those who have overcome it, by purchasing and decorating a luminaria for the Friday, Nov. 29 Festival of lights parade .

Luminarias are $4 each, or three or $10, and are available at Wells Fargo Bank, Professional Home Health Care, La Fam- ilia Laboratory, Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy and Raton High School. Please decorate and return by Nov. 25.


Festival of Lights ~ Raton MainStreet

RATON — Join us Friday, Nov. 29 for an evening of Christmas fun! Line up at 5:15 pm with Float lights on at 6 pm. Businesses, Organizations, Churches, and families or individuals welcome to enter floats. Entry Forms available at The Old Pass Gallery, 145 S 1st Street. Everyone welcome to join the fun!!!


Reindeer Dash 2019

RATON — Join us for the annual 5k Fun Run/Walk Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 am to 1 pm at Raton Regional Aquatic Center. The registration fee is $25 in advance/$30 day of the race. Runners and walkers welcome! All proceeds go to Raton Police Department’s “SHOP WITH A COP” program. Awards and PO- SOLE at the Raton Regional Aquatic Center after the race!

Make checks payable to Reindeer Dash. T-shirts for the first 50 Registrants
*Race runs regardless of weather conditions


Humane Society-Photos with Santa

RATON — Raton Humane Society’s 22nd Annual Photos with Santa at the Shuler Theater will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 am to 3 pm at the Shuler Theater, 131 N. 2nd Street.

Photos with Santa is a fundraiser for the Raton Humane Society. Bring your pet on a leash or in a carrier and under control. $35 cash or money order gets you a spay neuter certificate cash only no checks please


Santa is coming to town!

RATON — Raton Lions Club is hosting Santa Saturday, Nov. 30, 1 pm at the Convention Center (NOT Ripley Park!). Come out and have some fun, eat some goodies and play some games! There will be a cupcake walk, fish pond, bean bag throw, ring toss, jumping castle and much more!


Springer Christmas Tree Lighting

SPRINGER — The annual Christmas Tree Lighting event will be held Sunday, Dec. 1, 6 to 6:30 pm at Museum Park, 516 Maxwell Street. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. For more information contact the Springer Chamber of Commerce, 575-643-6401.


New Mexico State Outdoor Recreation Division open house-rescheduled!

RATON — The director of the newly created New Mexico State Outdoor Recreation Division, Axie Navas, will still be hosting an Open House in Raton, but because of legislative concerns it has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 5, 10 am in the Commission Chambers of the Raton Municipal Building, 224 Savage Avenue. Ms. Navas will be here to learn as much as she can about the recreation opportunities in our region and to explain the mission and goals of the new Outdoor Recreation Division. This will be a great opportunity to let Santa Fe know about all the great outdoor recreation opportunities that abound in our part of the state and the importance of outdoor recreation to our economy.

Please save the date. We would love to have you or a representative(s) from your organization there. If you know of any business, government agency, or municipal officials in the region that should participate in this open house please feel free to invite them. For more information contact: City of Raton Department of Parks and Recreation at 575-445-2413 or or visit website


Start, Grow, & Revive Your Business Workshop Series

RATON — The next business workshop is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7 at Center for Community In- novation, 130 Park Avenue. The Friday workshop runs from 6 to 9 pm and the Saturday workshop runs from 9 am to 3 pm.

Ever dream of starting your own business? These hands- on workshops are for start-up entrepreneurs or business owners wanting to scale up. We begin with a series of FREE two-day workshops over four months. You’ll learn valuable skills and meet successful local business people.

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