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Upcoming Events for week of September 19, 2019


Stuffed animal sleepover at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Woman’s Club (GFWC) is hosting its 2nd annual stuffed animal sleepover the Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Ave, Thursday, September 19, sleeping over to the 20th.

Children in Preschool through 2nd grade, wear your pajamas and bring your stuffed animal to the library for story time. The animals will spend the night in the library enjoy- ing reading. Parents please stay and enjoy the stories with your children. Library policy requires that small children are accompanied by an adult. Return the next morning to find your animal, have a light breakfast, and hear some more stories. Sponsored by G.F.W.C. Walsenburg Woman’s Club. For more information, call Sherry Pierson 719-738-2774.


Huerfano County Democrat Party meeting tonight

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the central committee of the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be held tonight, Thursday, September 19, 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!


SCCOG Early Learning Center preschool openings

WALSENBURG — The SCCOG Early Learn- ing Center just received four more slots for the Colorado Preschool Program which means we have four new openings for children that may qualify for CPP funds. Children must three years of age or older by November 1st and have the CPP’s qualifying factors to be eligible. If eligible, children may attend the center

free of charge from 9 am to 12 pm. Child care services are available before 9 am and after 12 pm if desired. The Early Learning Center is a Colorado Shines Four-Star rated program with licensed staff teaching the Creative Cur- riculum and evaluating children with the TSGold program. Interested parents should drop by the Center at 100 West Spruce Street in the mornings Monday-Thursdays and see if this program fits their needs.


Dorcas Circle Thrift Shop seeks volunteers

WALSENBURG — Dorcas Circle Thrift Shop, 911 South Main, needs volunteers to sort clothes. Volunteer for 2+ hour shifts, on their open days, Tuesday & Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm. Dorcas Circle Food Pantry and Clothing Shop serves Huerfano area folks in need of thrift clothing and free food and is 100% volunteers. We also take clothing and small items donations. For more information call 738-2291.


Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble rehearsals begin

LA VETA — The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble, the best little community choir in Southern Colorado, invites you to come sing with us! We’re leaving our Summer Song Fest fun and jumping into our annual Christmas Cantata – this year we’ll perform a Celtic Christmas Cantata. Rehearsals began this week at La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street. Rehearsals will be held each Tuesday, 6 pm at the church. It’s not too late to join the fun.

We welcome sopranos, altos, tenors, baritones, and basses in all shapes and sizes and ages – that includes a special invitation to high school students in the area as well! If you have an open heart and a love of music, you’ll find a spot with us. See you on the 17th of September! Call Kalima at 742-5333 if you would like more information.


Celtic Festival at the Fox, so music, no movie

WALSENBURG — The Fox Theater will not have a movie this weekend due to hosting the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival on Friday and Saturday nights. Come out and enjoy the fantastic music


Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival

HUERFANO — Now in its 15th year, the festival is a favorite destination for world-class artists throughout the Celtic world, and is an opportunity for the artists and attendees to interact very closely in workshop and perform- ance formats. This year’s festival takes place between Thursday September 19 through Sunday September 22, with things happening all day and into the evening on each day. There are events for both non-musicians as well as musicians of all levels. Story-telling, concerts, workshops, demonstrations, dancing, singing, and more fill the schedule. Free concerts, classes, and workshops are avail- able. Major concerts will take place on each of the four days, in Gardner, Walsenburg, and La Veta.

• Thursday, Sept. 19, the festival kicks off with a welcome gathering and a few free classes at Uptop, from 11 am – 2 pm. Bring a picnic lunch and a chair! The afternoon sees the start of classes and workshops in La Veta, as well as a concert at the Dog Bar in Cuchara from 4:30-6 pm and favorite ‘Taste of Things to Come’ concert , featuring all festival artists, in Gardner at the community center from 7:30-9:30 pm. You can buy tickets at the door as long as space is allowed, but the room fills up fast, so you may want to buy online in ad- vance.

• Friday, Sept. 20, classes, demos, talks, and workshops start at 9 am in La Veta. The festival’s free afternoon concert, the 6th St Hooley, starts in Walsenburg at 5 pm in the park across from La Plaza Inn at 6th and Main. The even- ing’s concert at Walsenburg’s historic Fox Theatre begins at 7:30 pm and features The Conifers, Patsy O’Brien, Kevin Crawford, Kevin Burke, Cillian Vallely, and friends. Tickets are $30. Late night sessions will kick off at 10 pm in La Veta at the La Veta Mercantile and Deerprint Wine and Bistro, and in

Walsenburg at the Crafty Canary Brewery.
• Saturday, Sept. 21, sees more classes, demos, and workshops all day in La Veta, be- fore the evening concert, again at the Fox Theatre in Walsenburg, at 7:30 pm featuring HighTime and the Old Blind Dogs. Late night sessions in both communities will again begin at 10 pm.
• Sunday sees the end of the festival, with a free breakfast of tea and scones, hosted by The Conifers at the La Veta Inn, kicks off at 8:30 am. Demos and classes fill the rest of the morning before a final double concert featur- ing Take Down The Door, Ed Miller, and all remaining festival artists. The final concert begins at 2 pm at the La Veta Mercantile and is $25. While that concert technically closes out the festival, returning favorites Adam Agee and Jon Sousa have once again volunteered to play an evening concert on Sun- day at the Mercantile, with proceeds being donated to the SPICMF. That concert begins at 6:30 pm, and is donation-only. Last year’s concert by the two of them was a big hit.

Tickets and more information can be found at Queries can be addressed to the Festival phone, 719- 742-3722, or by stopping in at the Festival office, located in the La Veta School of the Arts, 105 West Ryus in La Veta. The festival is a 501(c3) non-profit which relies on volunteer and donor support.


Join the JMHS homecoming parade Friday, Sept 20

WALSENBURG — The 2019 John Mall High School homecoming parade, to be held on Friday, September 20, welcomes community en- tries. Vehicles will be allowed to participate in the parade only if they have returned the necessary registration form to Ms. Lisa Lane at John Mall High School by Thursday, September 12. All decorated parade floats and vehicles are to be parked by 12:50 pm on Friday, September 20. To get involved, contact Ms. Lane at


Opening reception at La Veta Gallery

LA VETA — The next show at La Veta Gallery on Main is “Smith Silversmith” Jewelry by Val Smith. The opening reception will be held Saturday, September 21, 5 to 7 pm with refreshments by Alys. The show will run through October. For more information call 719-742-3666 or visit


K of C Pancake breakfast

WALSENBURG — Knights of Columbus #2139 are having a pancake/waffle breakfast Sunday, September 22, 11:30 to 1 pm at Delaney Hall on E 7th. Tickets are $7, kids under 10 eat free. Breakfast includes pancake or waf- fle, sausage, eggs, fruit cup, coffee, and juice will be served. Everyone is welcome!


Gardner Potluck

GARDNER — The Gardner Community Pot- lucks are continuing with Alex Mace and Myra Trujillo at the Gardner Community Center every other Tuesday at 6 pm. In this time of fractious political discourse, this com- munity can come together for good food, good times, and good feelings! The next meal is Tuesday, September 24, 6 pm.


Open Mic at the LV 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, September 26, 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: 719-742-3387


La Veta Homecoming week

LA VETA — Be prepared for the upcoming Redskins Homecoming Week Monday, September 23 through Friday, sept 27!


Help La Veta become a Creative District

HUERFANO COUNTY — Follow the instructions on the link listed below to help La Veta become a “Creative District” and known for “The Arts”. Every Survey Counts! Please fill out by Wednesday, September 25. Thanks for helping us by filling it out and submitting it digitally.

Complete Survey Here – survey


HCHS annual dinner and program features “Mountain Mafia”

WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Historical Society will host a presentation by the authors of “Mountain Mafia, Organized Crime in the Rocky Mountains”, Betty Alt and Sandra Will at their annual meeting Wednesday, October 2. The deadline to reserve dinner is Friday, September 27.

We are pleased that the authors have graciously accepted our invitation to speak at our annual meeting. It should be to be an intesesting evening! Included in the $15 fee is a meal provided by Walsenburg Golf Club. Ap- petizer, spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and drinks are included. If you wish to attend only the presentation the cost is $15 as well. We hope you’ll join us for dinner.

Arrival and registration begin at 5 pm with the authors scheduled for 5:30. Dinner will follow. Please call Huerfano Heritage Center 719-738-2346 to reserve your meal. Please leave a message for John Van Keuren if no one is available to take your call.


Ordinary Elephant at Deerprint Wine

LA VETA — Ordinary Elephant will perform Friday, September 27, 6 to 8 pm at Deerprint Wine, 106 E Francisco Street. This duo captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. The collaboration of husband and wife Pete and Crystal Damore, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. “Two become one, in song…hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused in- tensity and musical mastery,” says Mary Gauthier. The Associated Press is calling their latest album, Honest, “one of the best Americana albums of the year.” For more information call 719-650-2079.


Public Lands Celebration Day with La Veta Trails

LA VETA —La Veta Trails is sponsoring a trail project and celebration Saturday, September 28, 10 am to 3 pm. This trail project will be on the Wahatoya Trail. Following the trail work, there will be a Public Lands Appreciation Picnic at a private 18-hole disk golf course hosted by Ken Bacon, a Spanish Peaks Wilderness Steward. To sign up, contact La Veta Trails at


Tri-City Trio at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The world class blues musicians, Tri-City Trio, will perform Saturday, September 28, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main Street. The band members hail from three cities: Washington D.C., New York City, and Chicago.

Originally from Washington D.C., harmonica player/vocalist Al Chesis has been a perennial presence on the Denver and Colorado blues scene since the 1980s.

A New York City native, guitarist/vocalist Bob Pellegrino has been a mainstay in Colorado blues for over twenty years.

Ken Saydak, who moved to La Veta from Chicago, Illinois, has enjoyed a more than forty-year career as a musician, writer, vocalist, and producer. Ken is the pianist, organist, and accordionist on over sixty albums by na- tional and international artists. T i c k e t s are $18 in advance; $20 day of show. For more information call 719-742-3387


Afternoon of poetry

LA VETA — An”Afternoon of Poetry” in honor of Rumi’s birthday (13th century Sufi poet with many current admirers) will be held Sunday, September 29, 4-6pm, at Tom Doerk’s home, 120 W. Grand. Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!). For more information contact Tom (742-3776) or Robin (742-3398).


Spanish Peaks Harp Concert

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat features world class teachers and workshops for beginner through expert players. Located in southern Colorado every September. This year the end of the retreat concert will be held Saturday, September 28, 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the Fox Theatre, 715 Main.

The concert features:

Sue Richards – Scottish Harp

Sue Richards is an internationally known per- former, teacher, composer and author. Sue has recorded dozens of CDs, and has entertained audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe. Chris Newman – Guitar & Harp Duos Besides recording with Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Chris is a respected record-producer and ar- ranger in the field of traditional and folk music and a composer. Among others, his composition “Fretwork” (from his solo album of that name) has been used as the signature tune for BBC Radio Wales’s weekly “Celtic Heartbeat” program for a number of years, and was used for an advertisement on Sky TV

for four years. Chris has just been named “Male Musician of the Year” in the 2019 Live Ireland Awards.
Máire Ní Chathasaigh – Irish Harp

Máire Ní Chathasaigh (pronounced Moira Nee Ha-ha-sig) is “the doyenne of Irish harp players” (The Scotsman), “the great innovator of modern Irish harping, a player of outstanding technique and imagination” (The Rough Guide to Irish Music) and one of Ireland’s most important and influential traditional musicians. She was described by the late Derek Bell as “the most interesting and original player of the Irish harp today” and is the sole harper recipient to date of Irish music’s most prestigious award, Gradam Ceoil TG4 – Irish Traditional Musician of the Year.


The River Arkansas at Deerprint Wine

LA VETA — The River Arkansas will be on stage Sunday, September 29, 6 to 8 pm at Deer- print Wine, 106 E Francisco Street. Don’t miss this lively performance by musicians from all over the front range bringing elements of rock & roll, americana, soul, and gypsy folk to our Courtyard. Get your tickets soon as this performance is likely to sell out fast. For more in- formation call 719-650-2079


Health Fair blood draw time

HUERFANO COUNTY — Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is pleased to announce the upcoming 2019 Health Fair Blood Draws. This year’s theme is “Stay Strong, Live Long”.

Blood draws will be held Tuesday, October 1, 7 to 10 am at Gardner School; Wednesday, October 9, 7 to 10 am at La Veta Clinic; Friday, October 11, 7 to 10 am at Spanish Peaks Ambulance Garage. The afford- able costs for the tests are: Chemistry Screen – $30; PSA – $25; Vitamin D – $25; Hemoglobin A1C – $15.

Participants can pick up results on Saturday, October 19 between 9 and noon at the Walsenburg Community Center. For More in- formation call 719-738-5200.


Senior Stretching

HUERFANO COUNTY — Time to play Gumby and stretch those muscles! Learn proper stretching through gradual simple stretches that target muscles most frequently used during the normal day-to-day activities. Offset accumulated mental and physical tension and regain range of motion, elasticity, flexibility, and strength. Oh, to feel young and flexible again! In addition, learn some wonderful healing techniques each week. Class size is limited, so please register through Bonnie.

When: Tuesdays, beginning October 1, 2019 Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Where: Washington Underground (WU) Cost: Yourtimeandefforts! (Adonationto WU would be appreciated.)

What to bring: Wear comfortable clothing; water bottle for hydration; thin towel or exercise band; and a yoga mat or cushioned pad. We will be on the floor some of the time and then helping each other up! Oh, and re- member to bring an adventurous attitude. We CAN do this as we cheer each other on! About the instructor: Bonnie jw Riley worked with senior adults in various capacities from 1978-2009 in Colorado Springs. She moved to Walsenburg in the summer of 2015. Among many other creative endeavors, she continues to write, garden, explore healing arts, and work on improving her humble abode. She has been a licensed massage therapist and Reiki Practitioner since 1994. To register: Contact Bonnie at (719)290-7074 or


Oktoberfest Half-Marathon

HUERFANO COUNTY — REGISTER NOW for the Oktoberfest Half-Marathon Saturday, October 5. The run includes a 1,800’ net elevation drop on Hwy 12 with a gradual descent from Cuchara to La Veta. Register now at or on the day of the race beginning at 7 am. For more information, call 719-742-3555

Oktoberfest 5K fun run

LA VETA — Not ready for a half marathon? Enter the 2019 Oktoberfest 5K fun run which will be held Saturday, October 5, 8:30 am.

Please register in advance at or


Oktoberfest 2019!

LA VETA — If you haven’t had a chance to attend La Veta’s Oktoberfest, what are you waiting for? Held on the first Saturday of every October, this incredible day includes a car show, German band, dancing in the street all day long, over 60 arts, crafts, and food vendors, a Veteran’s tribute, and a German Biergarten. This year Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 5!

Festivities begin at 10 am after the 5K fun run, which be- gins and ends in La Veta Town Park and takes runners through the Cuchara Valley, under the majestic Spanish Peaks.


Oktoberfest at Francisco Fort

LA VETA — Colonel John Mays Francisco and family invite you to stop by The Fort, 306 S. Main St., on Oktoberfest for the following:

Crooked Hook Blacksmith: demonstrating from 11 am to 3 pm. (Free with museum admission)

PRISM Paranormal: presents evidence gathered in the museum from 3to 4:30 pm in the La Veta Public Library. (By donation).

PRISM Paranormal Museum Team: hosts various stations displaying their equipment and evidence throughout the museum campus. Small groups will be guided to stations every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30 pm up to 7:30 pm. YOU MUST PREPAY AND PREREGISTER FOR THIS EVENT AT THE MUSEUM BY 3 pm, October 5th! (Admission $10 per person.)For more information call or visit 719-742-5501 or

Fall hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 am. to 4 pm. through October 5, last day of the season.


FCPA Show Choir fall rehearsals beginning soon

LA VETA — Warming up those vocal chords??? Get ready, be- cause the FCPA Show Choir needs YOU!!! Rehearsals with a cadre of eclectic music awaits your talents. Rehearsals start Thursday, OCTOBER 10, 5-6:30 pm at MOUNTAIN VIEW BAPTIST CHURCH (707 South Main, La Veta) (this temporary venue change is due to a scheduling conflict at the theater due to rehearsals for the upcoming Carol Burnett Show, opening October 25). Questions? Call Di Sortore at 303-882-7764.


Art Welding at LVSA

LA VETA — Instructor, Doug Anderson will teach Art Weld- ing at The La Veta School of the Arts Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13. The cost is $150 payable to LVSA and a Lab Fee of $60 payable to the instructor on the first day of class for welding supplies. This intensive two-day class will give students a hands-on introduction to gas and mig welding techniques, with an emphasis on welding safety. Common methods for cutting steel will be demonstrated along with often implemented art metal techniques used for creating found object and mild steel sculpture. On Day Two, the in- structor will assist you in creating a sculpture from found objects. Doug Anderson studied art and illustration through high school and college before he was drafted and trained as a welder/metal fabricator. In 1985, he established an art weld- ing/fabrication shop called the Iron Horse in Evergreen, CO where he created art pieces designed around Indian artifacts and ornamental railings using flat bar steel. In 2001, Doug brought his Iron Horse business to Huerfano County. He collaborated with artist Laura Audrey on a large outdoor sculpture in front of the music building at UC Boulder called “Stop & Rest.” All classes take place at LVSA, across from town park in La Veta. For more information and to register for this week- end class, visit, call 719-742-5193 or email Individual attention is insured; class size is limited to 7.


Waste tire collection for 81055 residents

LA VETA — There will be a free waste tire disposal event in La Veta Saturday, October 12, 8 am to 2 pm at the LV Fire Department, 100 Birch Street. This event is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Health & Environment and sponsored locally by NGO Huerfano Organic Waste Services (HOW).

Bring your old used passenger and light truck tires. The limit per household is 9. Tires with rims will not be accepted. An ID with a La Veta zip, 81055, is required, if we don’t know you! This program is for households only, not for commercial businesses such as tire shops. A similar tire disposal will be held in Walsenburg for residents of the 81089 zip code area next fall. Any questions leave a message at 303-449-6483.



Aguilar Block Party/Parent’s Night

AGUILAR — Aguilar teachers and staff will be hosting a block party and parent’s night to touch base with parents and roll out our health and wellness plan. Come join us in the Aguilar Commons tonight, September 19 from 5-9 pm. Dinner will be supplied while the food lasts. There will be door prizes, family gifts and games throughout the evening.


TSJC President’s Office Art Show: Mescalero Sands

TRINIDAD — Trinidad State will host an art show of historic photos from the Mescalero Sands of eastern New Mexico in the President’s Office on the Trinidad Campus. The show will open with a reception on Thursday, September 19 from 4 to 5 pm. The artist, Calvin Smith will be there to answer questions and light refreshments will be served. Then from 5 to 6 pm in the Pioneer Room, Smith will do a presentation on the months he spent over a period of years studying the area. Those who miss the reception can view the show during normal office hours until Thanksgiving in the Berg Building, Room 218.


Third Thursday Heritage Nights- Sunflower Harvest:

TRINIDAD — What can you do with sunflowers and which ones are native? Sunflower Harvest is the next topic for Heritage Night Thursday, September 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Trini- dad History Museum, 120 S. Chestnut. Kirby and Abigail will be serving up 15-20 minute history lessons, and then they will all create a hands on experience. For more information call 719- 846-2361.


Reboot Your Health

TRINIDAD — A 4 week course focusing on nutrition, fitness, mindfulness clean eating, and gentle cleansing will begin Friday, September 20, 7:45 am or 5:15 pm. Tuition is $25 per week- includes small group setting. The course is presented by Dr. Ivory. Contact information: 719-201-5589, or


Aguilar Public Library movie Friday

AGUILAR — Aguilar Public Library will present free movies every 3rd Friday of the month starting September 20 through December 20, 12 to 2 pm. Friday, September 20 the movie is”Green Book” inspired by a true story. Popcorn is always free just bring your favorite non-alcoholic beverage with you and enjoy.


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 December 20. These Fridays are sponsored by the Trinidad Community Foundation and in partnership 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, September 20 learn about and make a straw weav- ing! Contact Abigail to enroll: 719-846-7217 or .


Borderlands Speaker Series: Eliseo “Cheo” Torres

TRINIDAD — Trinidad History Museum’s free speaker series continues Friday, September 20, 6 to 8 pm when Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, will speak about the ancient art of curanderismo, or Mexican folk healing. Since he was a boy growing up on the border of Texas and Mexico, Eliseo Torres, known to everyone as “Cheo,” has been fascinated by the folk traditions and folkways of Mexico and of his Mexican American roots. Both of his parents were versed in aspects of herbal lore and healing, and as he matured he learned from them a love and respect for the history and folk knowledge of the ancient art of curanderismo, or Mexican folk healing.

He received his three degrees from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and served in a number of job positions. Now an administrator at the University of New Mexico, where he is Vice President for Student Affairs and a member of the faculty of the College of Education, Cheo teaches three classes on traditional medicine and regularly lectures and gives presentations on the history and lore of curanderismo to audiences ranging from scholars and students of Latin American culture to people hoping to become knowledgeable about alternative and traditional medicine, including lay people and medical professionals alike. He has published four books on his life and his research in traditional medicine emphasizing medicinal plant and rituals and published by the University of New Mexico Press and Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. For more information call 719-846-2361.


The Branson Hi-Lo Gravel Grinder

BRANSON — Sign up now for the best gravel ride in Las Animas County to be held Saturday, Sept 21, 9 am, in Branson, Colorado. There will be 28 and 50 mile routes.

Register at:, Branson Hi-Lo Country Gravel Grinder. Find out more at Facebook: Branson Hi Lo Gravel Grinder.


Purgatoire Little Britches Rodeo

TRINIDAD — The annual Purgatoire Little Britches Rodeo will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 21, 10 am and 22, 9 am at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds, 2200 N Linden Avenue. For more information call 719-850-0570, or visit . Close date for entries is September 16.


Trinidad’s Got Talent, Vol. 2

TRINIDAD — Returning for a second glorious evening of fun, “Trinidad’s Got Talent” hits the stage at the SCRT, 131 W Main St. to showcase some of Southern Colorado’s undiscovered tal- ent Saturday, September 21, 7 pm. Presented by Linda Velasquez, in partnership with SCRT and the Trinidad Community Theatre, this one night only event looks to provide a starting point for aspiring musicians, singers, comedians, and possibly magicians alike. Come take part in a breakout performance!

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers. All interested contestants will need to contact Linda Velasquez at 719-680-8887 to sign up and complete the registry process.

Tickets are available from either the SCRT Box Office (131 W. Main, 719-846-4765 or Linda Velasquez 719-680-8887. Ticket prices are: Adults-$5, Children 10 and under-$3, or Families of 4 – $15. Seating for this event is general admission, be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes early to secure your seat. This event traditionally sells out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP.


Wind River Band at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — This Saturday, September 21, 8 pm to 12 am treat yourself to the sounds of Wind River Band at Spanish Peaks Inn. There is a $5 cover charge. Spanish Peaks Inn also has Taco Tuesday and dinner specials on Thursday and Friday nights. Want to learn line dancing? Come out Tuesdays at 3:30 pm and join our line dancing group, we are doing country and hip hop!

For more information contact: 719-941-4288 or email


Tai Chi at Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — Classes will take place every Monday and Wednesday beginning September 23 and concluding on October 30 at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue. Tai Chi is a terrific exercise for everyone. It is gentle and can quickly improve balance, core strength, circulation, flexibility at the same time decrease stress levels and increase life vibrancy and joy.

Advanced class begins at 9:30 am. Novice class begins at 10:30 am. The cost for the classes is $40 per person. For those over 60, the registration fee is paid by Mt. Carmel.
For more information call 719-845-4877.


Free Day/Night Fair at Trinidad HS

TRINIDAD — There will be a Day/Night Fair at Trinidad HS, hosted by Colorado Council on High School & College Relations, Monday, September 23, 1 to 2 pm. FREE for parents, students, and educators. Organized by the Colorado Council on High School & College Relations, these fairs are held every fall at area high schools or colleges. These programs are geared toward high school students and their parents and attract thousands of participants who are eager to learn about college curricula, admission requirements, financial aid and more. Attendance at our college fairs is free for parents, students, and educators. For more information visit: https://www.colorado-


Becoming an IEP parent program

TRINIDAD — Come join us to learn about being an IEP par- ent Tuesday, September 24, 1 to 3 pm at Alta Vista Alternatives, 415 S Indiana Avenue. Topics covered will be: how to be the best advocate for your child, how to present concerns or problems, preparing for an IEP, handling conflict with the school, focus on solutions, and achieving an APPROPRIATE education for your child.

Materials, childcare and snacks provided. For more information contact Laura 719-680-3399 or Elizabeth 719-220-4558.


Corazon Critter Show

TRINIDAD — The Corazon Gallery in Trinidad, Colorado will be accepting entries for The Critter Show on Wednesday, September 25 from 10 to 5. Critters for this art show may be real or imaginative. The fee for entering is $10 per piece. The reception for The Critter Show will be Friday, September 27 from 5 to 7:30 at the Corazon Gallery, 149 E. Main, Trinidad, Colorado. For more information call 846-0207.


THS remembers Sopris at annual dinner

TRINIDAD — At its annual Fall Dinner, Friday, October 4, the Trinidad Historical Society will host an entertaining slide show and program, “Remembering Sopris”, which will be presented by former residents and members of the Sopris Reunion Committee, Trish Martorano Gagnon, LoRetta Archuletta and Judy Martorano Mangino. Everyone is welcome to attend the dinner and the Remembering Sopris program which will be held Friday, October 4, 6:30 pm at the Holiday Inn. Reservations are required. The deadline is Wednesday, September 25, please call Judy Mangino at 719 846-4323, or Carol Schleich at 719 846-3456.

Sopris, Colorado was vacated nearly fifty years ago. By 1971 the town, an early settlement and later an important mining town, had been dismantled and the residents forced to leave homes and businesses when the dam and body of water that is now Trinidad Lake State Park was constructed. Al- though many years have passed, the families who lived there are committed to keeping memories of their hometown alive.


Bar NI Ranch Community Service Grant applications available now

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund is accepting grant proposals from previous and new applicants, in the areas of education, youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services and civic or public benefit. Grant awards will be made to 501c3, non-profit organizations in the Purgatory Valley with projects that serve to inspire awareness, expand horizons, create independence, and foster personal growth.

We strongly encourage projects focusing on youth and environmental education, exploring creative ways to ignite the spirit, facilitate dreams and address root causes of problems rather than just treat affected conditions. Creative collaboration is strongly encouraged.

For a proposal packet, please contact Tom Perry at to- The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, September 27, 2019.


Face Painting & Bake Sale

TRINIDAD — A benefit face painting and bake sale event for Operation Christmas Child will be held Saturday, September 28, 8 am to 12 pm at Trinidad Community Farmers Market, Cimino Park, Modica & Convent. All donations are used to pack Shoebox gifts from the Trinidad area. For more information contact Bonnie Groubert 719-859-4252.


2nd Annual Boncarbo Poker Run

BONCARBO — The 2nd Annual Boncarbo Poker Run, hosted by Boncarbo VFD Auxiliary and firefighters, will take place on Saturday, September 28, from 9 am to 6 pm. There will be two runs- the first by motorcycle or car, driving the Highway of Legends. The second run is off-road, through Spanish Peaks Country, to Ludlow and Gulnare Inn. ATVs must have a spark arrester.

Registration is from 9-11 am, runs leave 10-11:30. The event begins and ends at the Boncarbo VFD 14589 CR 57.7. Last hand starts at 4 pm. Riders are $25, additional hands are $15 each. Cash prizes available. Proceeds benefit the Boncarbo VFD. Contact Mike Lambert at or find the Boncarbo Poker Run on Facebook for more info.


Rapunzel – A One-Woman Puppet Show

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Community Theatre, a division of SCRT presents Rapunzel
Saturday, September 28, 2 pm, and 7 pm at the theater, 131 W Main Street.

One woman. Two hands. Six puppets. 45 minutes of mad cap comedy chaos! Puppetmaster, and Trinidad native, Liz Dapo brings her one-woman show fresh from Las Vegas to Trinidad!n In this “bewitching” one-woman version of Grimm’s fairy tale, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. This Puppet Co. production uses “coloring-book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets to delight all.


Oktoberfest at Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — Enjoy Oktoberfest Saturday, September 28, 12 to 9 pm at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson. There will be food, cold beer, vendors, and live music. No admission charge! For more information call 719-845-4800


Historic Window Workshop

TRINIDAD — Saturday, September 28, 10 am to 12:30 pm enjoy a day with the Director of the Rocky Mountain Preservation Center at Trinidad History Museum, 120 S Chestnut Street. Participants will have hands on time with glazing putty and tools used to apply glazing, glass and how to measure/in- stall, as well as a run through about how to remove/re-install windows. We’ll do a quick bit about window terminology, so they understand more about the parts of a win- dow. Participants will also get two hours of the director’s time to pick his brain about windows. For more information call 719-846-2361


2019 Purgatoire River Fall Cleanup

TRINIDAD — Come learn about your river, walk the River Walk trail, and help clean up your river! Saturday, October 5, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. All ages welcome! All for free!
9:30 am- Meet near Noah’s Ark Shelter Parking Lot (behind Toyota Dealership) 224 N. Chestnut

10 am- Educational River Speakers
10:30 am to 12:30 pm- River Cleanup
12:30-Free lunch for registered volunteers
• Free snacks, drinks, wearable river goodies, and lunch!
• Bring gloves if you have them – otherwise we’ll have extras • We supply all the other cleanup gear
• Learn about your river & ask questions to local experts!
• Safety first! We’ll only pick up trash that is safe to get to!
• Wear your water shoes if you want to get in the river!

Project Sponsors & Partners: Purgatoire Watershed Part- nership, Trinidad Community Foundation, Trout Unlimited, City of Trinidad, Twin Enviro, Creek Week Campaign, Purga- toire Watershed Weed Management Collaborative, Spanish Peaks-Purgatoire River Conservation District, Purgatoire River Water Conservancy District, NRCS and CWCB

For more information contact: Julie Knudson, Purgatoire Watershed Partnership (PWP), 970-420-1915,


Kiwanis Demolition Derby

TRINIDAD — The fifth annual derby will be held Saturday, October 5, 2 to 5 pm at Las Animas County Fairgrounds. For more information visit


Meet the candidates

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Las Animas Chamber of Commerce will host a meet the candidates forum on Tuesday, October 8, 5 pm- 10 pm at the Massari Performing Arts Center, Broom St, Trinidad, CO 81082.


TLAC 2019 Business Expo

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad-Las Animas Chamber is excited to announce they are now taking applications for participants for the 2019 Business Expo. Come join us this year on Friday, October 18 from 9 am-4 pm at the TSJC Pioneer & Leone Rooms! Businesses throughout Las Animas County need to sign up soon. Booths are free to TLAC members and $50 for non-chamber members. (If you choose to become a Chamber Member we will credit the $50 toward your member- ship) Lunch is $15 per person. Please RSVP by October 4. Call 719-846-9285 for more information.

The expo is open to the public with no entry fee. Come visit our local businesses and see what they have to offer! Door prizes drawn every hour!



Hummingbird Banding

CAPULIN — Are you curious about hummingbirds or love these amazing animals? Weather permitting, will be catching and banding hummingbirds to monitor the populations in the Park Friday, September 20, at 6 am at Capulin Volcano National Monument, 46 Volcano Road. Come out to see them up close and personal on Friday morning!


Capulin Volcano Dark Sky Festival

CAPULIN — Come experience the dark skies of Capulin Volcano Friday and Saturday September 20 and 21. We will have solar telescopes from 10 am to 1 pm in front of the Visitor Center Friday and Saturday, followed by giant telescopes and dark sky viewing in the Outdoor Classroom (follow the red lights) from 8pm to 10:30pm both nights. FREE! Please leave pets at home, wear warm clothing, and bring your questions and enthusiasm! For more information call 575-278-2201.


27th Annual Fish Fest and 1st Annual Pike Round Up

EAGLE NEST — We are excited! The 27th Annual Fish Fest and 1st Annual Pike Round Up will be held Saturday, Sep- tember 21 through Sunday, September 29 at Eagle Nest Lake State Park, 42 Marina Way. It is only $20 for the entire tournament for both the Fish Fest and Pike Round Up. Catch a tagged fish and be eligible for the FOUR jackpot drawings. Each tagged fish caught wins a prize worth at least $50. The largest pike caught each day will win a prize worth at least $50.


NMAER State Convention features concert by Peter Simon

RATON — The NM Association of Educational Retirees (NMAER) is having their 2019 State Convention in Raton and the local chapter is inviting the public to come and hear Peter Simon play the Shuler Grand Piano on Monday, September 23, 7 pm. General Admission tickets are $15 and available at the door, the night of the show.

Peter Simon has established himself as one of America’s finest musicians and most distinctive and versatile musical personalities. In reaching the heights of his profession, he has accomplished the rare artistic feat of generating both critical acclaim and widespread audience enthusiasm.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Mr. Simon has had a multi- faceted career. Besides being a concert pianist performing in concert halls, embassies, and cruise ships, he has been a university professor, artistic director of a music festival, an actor, truck driver, banker and professional drummer.


Fall Festival—Fiesta Otoño

SPRINGER — Come out for the Springer Fall Festival, 3rd Street, Saturday, September 28, 9 am to 10 pm. There will be lots of free fun for the entire family including live music, karaoke, pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, food, beer garden, vendors, cow train, chili cook off, and the famous Los Diablos Car Show. The festival is hosted by the Springer Chamber of Commerce.

Live music featuring Reyes Montoya, Jonathan Castilo y Profundo, Christian Sanchez, and Jerry Dean. Food, beer gar- den, games, and vendors. For more info call 575-643-6401.


Car Seat inspection at Fiesta Otono

SPRINGER — Come and have your child’s car seat or booster seat inspected for recalls, broken parts, improper installation, and appropriateness for your child for free at the 3rd Annual Fiesta Otono, 3rd Street and Cimarron Ave. in Springer. The event runs Saturday, September 28, from 10 am to noon. Car seat replacement will also be available. The child and car seat must be present to be considered for a seat replacement. There is no charge for this service, however a $25 car seat replacement fee may apply. For appointments, please call Kateri Tafoya at (505) 506-6595.


Mesa Church one year anniversary celebration

RATON — Can you believe it?! We launched Mesa Church ONE YEAR ago in the heart of Raton in the hopes of sparking revival and restoring this city and it’s people! #ComeToThe- Table on Sunday, September 29, 10:30 am to 1 pm as we will be celebrating our One Year Anniversary with a message from Pastor Joshua Duran and a baptism service for those who want to publicly declare their faith in Jesus Christ. Afterwards, we will have finger foods, fellowship, and unveil our first official Mesa Church t-shirt! Woot woot!


Early childhood development partnership

RATON — The public is welcome for coffee and a community conversation about early childhood in Raton. Thursday, October 3, 10 to 11:30 am at High Plains Regional Health Cooperative, 101 N 2nd Street.

We need you for New Mexico’s kids! Help shape the state- wide needs assessment and strategic plan for early childhood in 2019. The ideas, issues, and information gathered during this session will help shape the strategic plan, and prioritize actions, for our new cabinet-level Early Childhood Education and Care Department. RSVP:


5th Annual Petfest

RATON — The annual petfest, presented by the Raton Humane Society, will be held Saturday, October 5, 10 am to 4 pm at Ripley Park, Savage Avenue. Activities include music by the Rasal Tappers, food and craft vendors, games for kids, obstacle course for dogs, frozen t-shirt contest, horseshoes for adults, ring toss for children, corn hole for adults, bean bag toss for children, free children’s horse rides, and blessing of the animals. For more information call 575-445-8640


Mesa Vista Veterinary Hospital Calendar Photo Contest

RATON — We will have both a small and large animal calendar for our 2020 calendar contest. Small Animal Calendar Photos should be of any domestic pet. Large Animal Calendar Photos should be of any equine, bovine or other large animal.

You may submit your digital entries to Photos can also be dropped off at the office on a flash drive.

Entry Requirements: Photos must be high resolution (300dpi – 600dpi) digital files in jpg format. Photos must be landscape (horizontal) to properly fit the calendar. Each participant can submit as many original photos as they choose. Submissions must include: Photographers name, photo title, phone number, and address. The deadline for entries is November 1. For more information call 575-445-3912.


EQIP program applications

COLFAX COUNTY — USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service is currently taking applications for 2020 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a program that provides technical and financial assistance to address natural resource concerns for soil, water, air, plants and animals. Some examples of natural resource concerns addressed under EQIP are soil erosion, irrigation efficiency, water availability for live- stock and wildlife, plant health on grazing lands and crop lands and forest health.

Financial assistance is available for livestock water development, cross fencing, brush management, irrigation improvements, erosion control, forest thinning and more

Application deadline to be considered for 2020 funding is Friday,November 15. For more information, contact the NRCS Raton Field Office, 575-445-9571 x3,