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Upcoming Events for week of November 27, 2019


Colorado State Parks offer Fresh Air Friday

DENVER — Reclaim Friday, Nov. 29 by avoiding the shopping hysteria and getting outside for a breath of fresh air! On Fresh Air Friday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife welcomes visitors to any of our 41 state parks by providing free entry in what has become an annual tradition of encouraging Coloradans to get out and give thanks.

Where ever you decide to get outdoors this Fresh Air Friday, CPW has the tools to make it an easy, stress-free experience for the whole family. Discover your new favorite state park with our state park finder, plan a short stroll or thorough post-Thanksgiving workout with our free COTREX trails app, find a secluded fishing spot with our CPW Fishing App, or have fun with the kids with Generation Wild’s 100 Things to Do Before You’re 12 list.

To help conserve our natural spaces and keep them wild while recreating, please be sure to follow Leave No Trace Principles. Be Colo-Ready with common-sense practices such as sticking to the trails and pack ing out all trash (including peels and cores), visiting less-visited and off-peak destinations, and keeping wildlife at a safe distance (use your zoom for photos and never feed wildlife!).

Several Colorado state parks will also have hikes planned for the day for those looking to walk off that Thanksgiving dinner and to connect with others in nature. For more details on these activities, or to get more ideas on how to Live Life Outside, visit As you enjoy a day of outdoor adventures, make sure to share it with us by using the hashtag #FreshAirFriday on your social media posts.

Most importantly, no matter where you go, get out and turn Black Friday into a blue skies Friday, a great views Friday, a green trees Friday… a Fresh Air Friday!


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 loca- tions: 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 cal- endar for 2020 is “Remembering Our Neighborhood Grocery Stores.”


Seedling trees available for land-owners affected by fire, flood, insects or disease

SE COLORADO — The Colorado State Forest Service is selling affordable seedling trees, grown by its Seedling Tree Nursery, to residents of the southeast area of the state to support its Trees for Conservation program. The purpose of this program is to encourage connections between communities and forest health, so that individuals may enhance Colorado’s forests on their land, while helping the CSFS and other organizations across the state reach their conservation goals.

Seedling trees play a large part in the rehabilitation of burned areas of land by stabilizing soil, reducing erosion and re-creating habitat for wildlife. When communities come together to influence these factors, it helps to ensure the long- term health and resiliency of the state’s diverse forests.

Steve Rudolph, a forester in the Woodland Park Field Office and the lead for seedling tree sales in the southeast area of Colorado, says that he hopes that this program will continue to help landowners make personal commitments to their prop- erty, as well as instill a sense of pride in their state’s forests.

The CSFS will offer these seedling trees for purchase starting in late November, running through early spring. When considering which species to purchase, it is good to keep in mind factors such as elevation of the planting site, soil type and watering requirements of the plant to ensure successful seedling survival rates. The CSFS also sells seedling survival supplies, to allow customers to purchase all of the tools they may need to properly plant and grow their trees.

To purchase seedling trees, please visit and download the 2020 order form. Once you have filled out this form, you may mail it to the corresponding address for your pick-up location, or you can scan and e-mail it to csfs_wood- For more information about the seedling tree program, please call (719) 687-2951.



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.


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 reserve 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 Fri- day, 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 pub- lic 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, “A Christmas Story” sponsored by John Mall High School and the 21st Century grant. For more information call 719-695-2199.


Fox weekend movie times

WALSENBURG — Our weekend movie is “Harriet,” a drama film, rated PG13, with a run time of two hours five minutes! This movie is the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Movie showtimes: Friday, free special holiday feature “A Christmas Story”. Harriet will be shown: Saturday, 3 pm and 7 pm, Sunday, 3 pm.


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 support your local community!”

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


Forgiving Litter Pick-Ups

LA VETA — Saturday, November 30, 11 am meet outside the La Veta Library in the courtyard. Please bring a garbage bag, gloves to keep hands clean & warm, and water to stay hydrated. We will have extra garbage bags if needed. Enjoy fun community service and help save lives by trusting kind, up- lifting thoughts and awareness. Naturally radiate peace and wondrous vibes. With all the joy, happy trash forgiving litter pick-ups may catch on fast! For more info or to find us if you arrive after 11 am, give a ring or text Laura, 630-864-8992. to learn more.


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 sea- son), 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 la- test 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 Peterson, and Percy Sledge. Tickets are $18 in advance; $20 day of show.


Eagles Benefit Breakfast

WALSENBURG — Eagles Lodge #1187 will host a breakfast/brunch Sunday, December 1, 11 am to 1 pm (new hours!) at Eagle’s Hall, 614 Main Street. The breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and coffee or juice all for $5 adults or $2.50 for kids; children under 5 no charge. All proceeds go to John Mall High School scholarship fund. The breakfast will be cancelled if the weather is bad!


La Veta/Cuchara Chamber Christmas Party

LA VETA — You are warmly invited to the Annual La Veta/Cuchara Chamber Christmas Party Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Aly’s Restaurant. Free appetizers and cash bar will be available. Featured guest speaker is La Veta Public Schools Superintendent, Bree Lessar. This event is open and encouraged for all La Veta, Cuchara and Walsenburg LVCCC members and businesses. https://www.face- merce/


Communication Coalition

WALSENBURG — The next Huerfano County Communication Coalition meeting will be Thursday, December 5, 12 pm at the Spanish Peaks Ambulance building. Meetings are held September through May.


Native American and Hispanic cultural identity in Southern Colorado

LA VETA — Thursday December 5, 2 pm, the LaVeta Library is proud to present Anthropologist, Dr. Norberto Valdez as he explores questions about cultural identity and historic information about Native American and His- panic family origins. He will also discuss his fascinating study of the relations among the Native, Spanish and Euromamericans that led to a mixed race identity unique to this region. Brought to you by the Friends of La Veta Li- brary with free refreshments.


‘Tis the Season for Music!

LA VETA — Come out for a program featuring elementary and preschool musicians, jun- ior high pianists, dancers, and drumline Thursday, December 5, 6 pm at Roger Brunelli Gym, 126 E Garland Street. For more information call 719-742-6417


Christmas Tree lighting at Charlie Park

LA VETA — La Veta Public Library will be hosting the Christmas Tree Lighting at Charlie Park, 126 E. Grand St, La Veta on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5-5:30 pm. Come sing and light up the trees to welcome in the season. Please bring a flashlight.


Sweets & Craft Fair at United Church of Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — The United Church of Walsenburg is having their “Sweets and Craft Sale” on Saturday Dec 7 from 9 am to 3 pm, located across from Loaf and Jug. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the day, but you must be present to win. There will also be a delicious lunch available for purchase. Watch the Huerfano Bulletin Board for a list of the wide variety of vendors and what they will be bringing to the sale. We will also be providing information about who the vendors are and post pictures via the Huerfano Bulletin Board. Proceeds will go to fund a free candy class Dec 14, but you must sign up ahead to reserve your spot. Space is limited and sign up will begin at the craft fair, so don’t miss out. Come and sign up, do a little shopping and have a wonderful lunch. We have a couple of tables left. If interested please leave a message for Marilyn Buckles at 575-201-8387.


Traditions Arts and Craft event at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Huajatolla Heritage Foundation and La Veta Mercantile have partnered in bringing an opportunity to shop local and find unique gifts on Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 am to 4 pm at 300 S. Main. A great group of artists and craftspeople will be sharing their talents to fulfill your gift giving needs. There will be a special area for kids to shop and La Veta Village will offer gift wrapping. Mrs. Santa will be there helping and Smokey the Pig will make a guest appearance in the afternoon.


One Nation Walking Together donation booth

LA VETA — Also at the Traditions event, Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 am to 4 pm, One Nation Walking Together (ONWT), a non-profit from Colorado Springs, will have a booth set up for donations. Want to make a Native American child or elder have a brighter, warmer holiday? This is the 11th year Huerfano County citizens have supported ONWT’s worthy

cause. Please consider bringing an un- wrapped toy, non-perishable food items, or any new (or gently used) item that will pro- vide warmth. Although not seasonal, personal hygiene items, especially for women or diapers for little ones are always needed. ONWT delivers items directly to deserving Natives in the Rocky Mountain area, including the largely invisible urban Indian population that resides in Colorado.

Cash donations are always appreciated. In recognition of the valuable work done by ONWT, they are part of the IndyGives pro- gram and any cash donation will be matched by their matching grantors—your gift will go twice as far! The holidays are always made brighter by sharing! Your donation will help make the holidays brighter, not only for the recipients, but for you and yours!


Holiday open house at Lathrop State Park

WALSENBURG — Everyone is invited to the Lathrop State Park open house Saturday, December 7, 10 am to 2 pm. Special activities and sale prices scheduled in the visitor center! Kids can handcraft their own Christmas orna- ments. Shoppers can get some great Christ- mas presents and support your wonderful local State Park! Sales include: buy one 2020 Lathrop State Park calendar, and get one for 1⁄2 price; other nature and history themed holiday gifts are 20% off, and CPW gift certificates are always available. Refreshments!


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 artworks, 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, estimated value $100. There are a limited number of tickets available, so please purchase your tickets early. The FCPA Show Choir will pro- vide Christmas caroling during the event.


The Rifters at LV Mercantile

LA VETA — The Rifters will perform Saturday, December 7, 7:30 pm at La Veta Mercantile. The band formed in 2002 in the fertile and creative music scene of Taos, New Mexico from members of two popular bands already active in the area. Jim Bradley and Don Rich- mond of Hired Hands, and Rod Taylor of the Rounders, who had all known one another for years playing in the acoustic dance-oriented Americana music scene of northern New Mexico, decided to join forces to form The Rifters. Putting out more music than it seems should be right for three guys on stage, the Rifters employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, combined with soaring three-part harmonies, to provide a mesmerizing variety of music from driving blue-grama-grass to ethereal desert beauty. Tickets $18 in advance; $20 day of show.


Reflections Ceremony

WALSENBURG — Sangre de Cristo Hospice warmly invites you and your family to join us for “Reflection”, a ceremony remembering and celebrating the ones we have loved and lost over the years Sunday, December 8, 2pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Your loved one’s name will be read and you will place a candle light on the tree in their memory. Please call (719) 846-3060 in advance or come early to have your loved one’s name included. Re- freshments will be served afterwards. Donations for Hospice are welcome.


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 invited with special emphasis on former attenders, friends, and neighbors of New Hope.


Community meeting for the new school

LA VETA — The next community presentation for the new school is Monday, December 9, 5:30 in the Roger Brunelli Gymnasium. There’s a lot going on with the Bond approval and BEST grant. They have approved the owner’s representative and construction manager/general contractor GE Johnson. The initial building concept has been approved but is subject to change. As soon as the schematic design has been finalized it will be posted. In the meantime, you can to the District’s website at


December Care ‘n Share

WALSENBURG — The December Care ‘n Share food distribution for Huerfano County will be Tuesday, December 10, 10 to about 11:30 am at Delaney Hall on E 7th. Bring proper ID and bags or a box for food. Food passed out on first come first serve basis. “This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”


SPBA’s Second Annual Holiday Giving Celebration

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance is hosting the Second Annual Holiday Giving Celebration on Wednesday, 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@HUER- FANO.US

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


Plant-A-Book at LV 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 is underway now until all the books are sold. All books cost $15. Contact us at 742-3572 or email for more information.


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 en- roll 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 program 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



Calendar sales are 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


Gift tree at 1st National

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


Holiday opportunities in Trinidad

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


2019 Trinidad Home Lighting Contest deadline 11/29

TRINIDAD — Join your friends and family for our neighborhood lighting competition. The deadline to enter your home is Friday, November 29 and is open to City of Trinidad residents inside city limits only. 1st place winner gets a $300 credit to City of Trinidad utility bill, 2nd place gets $200 credit and 3rd place receives a $100 credit. To enter your house please call 719-422-8395 or email by Friday!


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 Trinidad Choral led by Garrett Watson. Hot cider and hot cocoa provided by Rotary. Come out to help kick off the Holidays!


Pottery show/ sale at the Champions building Friday

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!


Small Business Saturday at Trinidad History Museum

TRINIDAD — Come out to Trinidad History Museum, 312 E Main St., for a special holiday sale celebrating Small Business Saturday, November 30, 10 am to 4 pm. Come by to check out great Colorado hand-made crafts, an amazing selection of books, and entirely unique gifts. Plus save 10% in the store all day! Members of Trinidad History Museum and History Colorado can save up to 20%!


“Story-Time Puppet Club” is back!

AGUILAR — Bring the family for Story Time Puppet Club Saturday, November 30, 11:30 am to the Aguilar Public Library, 146 West Main. This program is sponsored by TCF. Beverages and snacks after the show! For more information call 719-941- 4426


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.


Gus Meza performs Saturday, Nov 30

TRINIDAD — Gus Meza will perform Saturday, Nov. 30, 5 to 8 pm at Trinidad Middle School, 614 Park. Meza is known for singing signature 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.


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.


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 looking 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 journalism 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 with- out 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.


Oldest high school basketball tournament returns to Trinidad State

TRINIDAD — The longest running high school basketball tournament in Colorado returns to venerable Scott Gym at Trinidad State Junior College Wednesday through Saturday, December 4, 5, 6, and 7. Twenty four games will be played over those four days. “Trinidad State is the first community college in Colorado, so it is fitting that we support southern Colorado traditions, “said Trinidad State President Dr. Rhonda Epper. “This tournament is one of those traditions that we hope to continue for a very long time.”

This will be the 84th time high school boys’ teams have gathered at Trinidad State. Girls’ teams were invited beginning in 2012. “We’re looking forward to a jam-packed week- end with an amazing 24 boys’ and girls’ basketball games on one court,” said Athletic Director Mike Salbato. High schools from Raton, Maxwell and Springer, New Mexico to Primero Walsenburg and La Junta will be represented, making this a truly southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico tournament.

For the first time the tournament will be played over four days. Games will start Wednesday afternoon on December 4 and run until about 10:30 on Saturday night, December 7 when trophies will be awarded.

Twelve all-tournament players (six young men and six young women) will be selected by a committee made up of Trinidad State coaches and players. One coach will also be honored. Awards will also be given to team champions, runners-up, third place and consolation finishes for each divi- sion. One team will also be selected for the John M. O’Conner Sportsmanship award.

Tickets are $5 (children under six get in free). One ticket covers the entire day, or up to eight games. Tickets will be sold at the door.


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 Kintsukuroi, 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.


Czech Marionettes perform

TRINIDAD — The City of Trinidad’s Arts and Cultural Af- fairs Advisory Commission is bringing a community wide FREE performance by Internationally known Czechoslovakian puppeteer/storyteller/author, Vit Horejs, and his troupe of century old marionettes Thursday, December 5, 7 pm at the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art- 150 E Main St,


Gift wrapping fundraiser for ROAR

TRINIDAD — ROAR Relay for Life fundraiser, get your Christmas presents wrapped beautifully at Corradino Auto Body, 124 N. Maple on these dates and times:
Thursday, Dec 5th, 6-9 pm

Friday, Dec 6th, 6-9 pm Saturday, Dec 7th, 2-9 pm Thursday, Dec 19th, 6-9 pm Friday, Dec 20th, 6-9 pm Saturday, Dec 21st, 2-9pm.

Prices range from $3-10. For more information contact: Sharon Vallejos- 719-680-0693, Lesley Abeyta-Hertzing- 719- 859-2065, Kendra Doherty- 719-946-5510 or 719-680-0693


First Friday Art Walk

TRINIDAD — Come down to downtown Trinidad Friday, December 6, 5 to 7 pm for the First Friday Art Walk. Galleries participating are: Trinidad Photography Gallery 319 W. Main • Corazon Gallery- 149 E Main St Ste 1, •Marketplace Gallery, 149 E. Main Street. Raggio, Commercial St. • Sawa Art Gal- lery114 E. Main • Raggio, Commercial St. • The Gallery at Bachman and Associates Real Estate, 132 E Main Street, • A. R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art- 150 E. Main St, •Tours of Fox Theater


Homelighting Trolley Tours

TRINIDAD — The Homelighting Trolley Tours will begin at the Coal Miner’s Memorial Park beginning Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 22. and will run Wednesday through Sunday nights each week beginning at 6 pm and 7 pm. Volunteers will be serving hot cocoa and apple cider and handing out treats for the kiddos. Riders will have the opportunity to vote on the decorated downtown business windows as well as the Homelighting contestants located throughout the city.


Reflections Ceremony

TRINIDAD — Sangre de Cristo Hospice warmly invites you and your family to join us for “Reflection”, a ceremony remembering and celebrating the ones we have loved and lost over the years Friday, December 6, 6 pm at First Christian Church, 200 S. Walnut. Your loved one’s name will be read and you will place a candlelight on the tree in their memory. Please call or email Sangre de Cristo Hospice, Brandi Fowler 719-542-0032 in advance or come early to have your loved one’s name included. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Donations for Hospice are welcome.


SCRT presents a “Twisted Christmas Carol”

TRINIDAD — Southern Colorado Repertory Theater, 131 W. Main, presents a feel-good holiday comedy, suitable for all ages, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 6, 7 and 8. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7pm; Sunday show at 2pm. For more information, contact the theater at:, (719) 846-4765, or


Pearl Harbor Veterans Gun Show

TRINIDAD — Come out for the Inaugural Annual Pearl Harbor Veterans Gun Show Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, 8 am to 5 pm at Fort Wootton Memorial Square, 204 S Chestnut Street. Featured at the show: Knives, crafts, militaria, and more. Concessions will be available.

Vendor tables are $50 each. Contact Jess (719-680-1836) and Bill (719-338-4821) to register. Admission is $8 per person, $7 for seniors & vets, and free for those age 14 and under. Raffle tickets available for $20 each or 3 for $50. Prizes are Vortex Fury Binocular/Range Finder and Ruger 10-22.

All proceeds to support the Rehabilitation and Operation of Fort Wootton Memorial Square.


Annual Christmas Bazaar

TRINIDAD — The Holy Trinity Academy annual Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday, December 7, 9 am-3 pm at Sebastiani Gym. Free admission and we are still, accepting Vendors! For more info: (719) 846-4522 offi


Fireman’s Toy Drive Fundraiser at Bombshells

TRINIDAD — Get a free haircut with a new toy donation Saturday, December 7, 9 am to 4 pm at Bombshells Salon and Boutique, 1115 E Main Street. Pictures with Santa from 10 am to 2pm by Lock in Time Photography, $20 for 2-5×6’s.


Fireman’s Toy Drive Wrapping Day

TRINIDAD — Help support the Trinidad Fireman’s annual toy drive. Volunteers for wrapping are needed Saturday, December 7, 10 am at the Corazon Gallery (downstairs), 149 E Main Street. Drop off new toys at either Fire Station, 1605 Santa Fe Trail Dr or 1102 Nevada. Monetary donations can be mailed to: Trinidad Fireman’s Toy Drive, PO Box 900, Trinidad, CO 81082. Info: Capt. Drew Gatlin, 719-846-8664 or 719-989- 4863.


Santa at the Grateful Dog

TRINIDAD — Santa is coming to The Grateful Dog, 1133 N Linden Ave., Saturday, December 7, 11 am-2 pm. Dogs get free nail trims. Visitors can get a picture with Santa and their furbaby for $5. Also there will be hot cocoa, cookies and much more to enjoy! Call (719) 846-1100


TMA Holiday Swing Christmas Concert

TRINIDAD — Come out for Trinidad Music Association’s free Holiday Concert, Saturday, December 7, 7 pm and Sunday, December 8, 4 pm at Massari Theater, Broom & State Streets. Enjoy an evening of jazzy & rhythmic renditions of popular Christmas music! For more information call 719-846-3062 or (719) 220-4584.


TLAC Luncheon-RSVP by 12/4

TRINIDAD — The December luncheon, Wednesday, December 11, 12 to 1 pm will be at the Golf Course Clubhouse. The Chamber is sponsoring the luncheon this month to celebrate our membership and 138 years of serving our community. Holiday music provided by Trinidad Music Association.

The luncheon is $12, please register in advance by email- ing or calling:; 719-846-9285,


Nine Lessons & Carols

TRINIDAD — Nine Lessons and Carols will be performed Thursday, December 12, 7 to 8:30 pm, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 135 Church Street. This reflective, candlelight service tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus in nine short Bible readings with the singing of carols interspersed. The program is hosted by Trinidad Music Association and features the Trinidad Chamber Singers. For more information call 719-846- 3062.


Classical Christmas Concert

TRINIDAD — Enjoy your favorite Christmas hymns Friday, December 13, 6 to 8:30 pm at Mt. Carmel, 911 Robinson. This Christmas concert is performed by a four piece quartet. with cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres at 6 pm, concert from 7-8:30, 30 minute intermission. Tickets are $10. Call for more information and buy tickets at 719-845-4894.


Japanese Art Forms – Gift Wrapping

TRINIDAD — Learn Japanese Gift Wrapping Thursday, December 12, 5:30-7 pm at the Carnegie Public Library. Teacher Marilyn Leuszler will lead the class on the art of Japanese Gift Wrapping!


Santa Paws 2019

TRINIDAD — Come join Noah’s Ark for our annual Santa Paws event at Big R, 2208 Freedom Rd., Saturday, December 14, 10 am to 2 pm. We will have a delicious bake sale, pictures with Santa- don’t forget your pets, adoption fair with loveable fur-babies looking for their forever homes, and enter our drawings to have chance at winning prizes!



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.


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.


New Mexico State Parks celebrates #OptOutside

RATON — Sugarite Canyon State Park joins REI’s #OptOut- side for Black Friday. Day-Use fees are waived on Friday, November 29. The State Parks Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department proudly joins other states by participating in the nationwide #OptOutside campaign. On “Black Friday”, State Parks will join a growing movement to encourage more people to spend time outdoors. State Parks will be waiving the $5 day-use entrance fees for all 34 state parks on Friday, November 29,

While at a State Park, share your photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram by using the hashtag #OptOutside and tagging our social media channels. REI’s #OptOutside campaign Go outside and find a park near you.


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 POSOLE 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 Max- well Street. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. For more information contact the Springer Chamber of Commerce, 575-643-6401.


Silver Spurs annual Christmas bazaar & bake sale

SPRINGER — Come out to the Silver Spurs Annual Christmas Bazaar, Rummage and Bake Sale Tuesday, December 3, 8:30 am – 2 pm at Springer United Methodist Church., 305 Prospect Avenue. We welcome you once again, join us for a fun filled day of shopping eating and visiting with friends and new acquaintances. Munch on: frito pies – cinnamon rolls- coffee- tea- hot cocoa- cookies – jellies – candy – homemade bread – and other items! Shop lots of nice rummage items. For more in- formation contact: 575-376-2304 or 575-643-6801.


Blood Drive

SPRINGER — Springer Municipal Schools in collaboration with Vitalant Blood Services is holding a community blood drive Wednesday, December 4, 10:30 am to 2 pm at Springer High School, 1401 8th Street. Anyone over 110 pounds and over the age of 16 can donate. For more information call 505- 483-2682


NM 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.


United Methodist Women’s Bazaar

RATON — Come out Saturday, December 7, 9 am – 2 pm to the First United Methodist Church, 1501 S 4th Street for the annual Christmas Bazaar. Shop for Christmas cookies, crafts, confections, cakes, and plants! A baked potato lunch will be served from 11 am to 1 pm. Come ready to shop and be hungry! The bazaar is held in the fellowship hall behind United Methodist Church located at 4th street and Tiger Drive.


Springer Christmas Bazaar

SPRINGER — Don’t miss all the wonderful gifts, baked goods, and surprizes at this annual shopping event held Saturday, December 7, 9 am to 2 pm at St. Joseph’s Hall, 605 5th Street. For more information call Springer Chamber of Commerce, 575-643-6401.


Digital education workshop for tourism

RATON — The New Mexico Tourism Dept is happy to announce a digital education workshop for the tourism and hospitality industry on how businesses can expand exposure with Google’s products and improve conversion of digital audiences to actual customers. The Raton Workshop will be Wednesday, December 11, 8:30 to 10:30 am at Raton Convention Center. Join one of the FREE workshops to maximize exposure on Google. Visit to learn more. ness-education-workshop


Christmas on the Chicorica

RATON — The Friends of Sugarite Canyon invite you to the annual Christmas on the Chicorica Saturday, December 14, 5– 8 pm at Sugarite Visitor Center. Come enjoy the:
 1,000 luminarias

 hot drinks and treats
 star gazing by telescope & laser  Santa!
For more info: 575-445-5607.

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