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Upcoming Events for week of September 26, 2019


Open Mic at the LV Mercantile tonight

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


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 interesting 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.


Let’s Paint Sunflowers

LA VEtA — Learn basic watercolor painting techniques while completing your own masterpiece Friday, September 27, 10 am to 12:30 pm. The class is a step-by-step format. and the $20 fee includes all materials. Taught by Kathy Hill at her studio, 133 E. Virginia. Ad- vance reservations required. Call 719-742-5756 to reserve a place or email


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 Pic- nic 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


Inner Idea Artist and a Fall Show

LA VEtA — The public is invited to the open- ing reception for two new art shows presented by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta. The reception is Saturday, September 28, 5 – 7 pm at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus, the Gallery in the Park. “Beauty Follows Truth” is the theme for a collection of works by the Inner Idea Artists, Peggy Zehring. Lana Thomas, Mary Sewell Cooper, Maggie MacIndoe, Marta Moore, Rena Kaplowitz, and David Zehring.

The Fall Show is a collection of original art by 10 area artists. Many small and larger paintings depicting autumn scenes are included. Russel Austin will provide his quiet and soothing music between 5 – 6 pm. There will be refreshments and there is no admission fee. The shows will be on display until November 9. The SPACe Gallery is open daily except Mondays. Visit for more information or call 719 742- 3074.


United Church homemade pizza dinner

WALSENBURG — The community dinners begin again this Saturday, Sept. 28, at the United Church with homemade pizza dished up while local musicians perform. Included in the dinner will be salad, drinks, and a variety of homemade candies. Try out the candies and if you like them, there will be an opportunity to take a candy-making class later this fall.

The church dinners are not for fund raising but are for building community spirit and all are welcome. A donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the food. A colorful red, white, and green theme (the colors of Italy) will decorate the tables.

Dinner starts at 6 pm. The entrance is ac- ross the street from Loaf ‘n Jug at the red brick church on Main and Kansas.


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, 4-6 pm, at Tom Doerk’s home, 120 W. Grand. Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!). For more in- formation contact Tom (742-3776) or Robin (742-3398).


Guitar workshop with Chris Newman

WALSENBURG — Chris will cover flatpicking in traditional Irish and Scottish music, swing guitar, and creating open and closed chord methods to create interesting song and tune accompaniments during this workshop Saturday, September 28, 9 am to 3 pm. For more information visit .


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 arranger 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 outstand- ing 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.


Catholic religious education classes at St. Mary

WALSENBURG — It’s not too late to sign up for the Catholic Religious education classes which started Sunday, September 22, 9 am to 10:15 am, at the St. Mary, O.L.S. parish office. Call for more information: (719) 738-1204”.


The River Arkansas at Deerprint Wine

LA VEtA — The River Arkansas will be on stage Sunday, September 29, 6 to 8 pm at Deerprint 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 information call 719-650-2079


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 Curriculum 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.


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.


Families First Presentation

WALSENBURG — Join us at the Huerfano School District RE-1 Auditorium, 201 E. 5th Street, to learn about The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Tuesday, October 1, 12 to 1pm. Family First Prevention Services Act Presentation is by Tiffany Sewell, Collaborative Management Program Administrator, CDHS.


LVCCC Fun Fall Mixer

CUCHARA — Come to the La Veta Cuchara Chamber of Commerce Fun Fall Mixer on October 1, 2019 5:30pm-7:30pm the the Dog Bar & Grill. Speakers Susan Hanneman and Kenny Schneider will talk about the potential of the Creative District designation for La Veta. Free munchies, cash bar. Open and encouraged for all businesses in the La Veta-Cuchara community to attend. Add’l info: Jess 720-401-8545


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 Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Where: Washington Underground (WU) Cost: Your time and efforts! (A donation to 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: Con- tact Bonnie at (719)290-7074 or


Join the Fun on Walk or Wheel Wednesday

LA VEtA — The La Veta Elementary and Middle Schools will join schools around the country to celebrate National Walk to School Day on October 2nd. Approximately 100 students from the schools will be walking or biking to school.

Parents will need to drop off their children at the La Veta Town Hall (at the park) be- tween 7:00-7:15 a.m. Community volunteers will escort the walking students in “Walking School Buses” and the biking students in “Bi- cycle Trains” along Main St. Parents are welcome. Walkers and bicyclists will arrive at the school by 7:30 a.m. All students and escorts on wheels must wear a bike helmet.

Walk or Wheel Wednesday raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for walk- ing and bicycling and emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events help build more connections between families, schools and the broader community.

For more information, please contact: Marilyn Russell at or (719) 890-4071.


HCCC meets October 3

WALSENBURG — Come to the Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) meeting, Thursday, October 3, 12 pm at the Huerfano County Ambulance building, 326 Main Street. Lunch will be served and many members of the community will be on hand to share their upcoming activities. If you would like to be on the agenda, please either call Debbie Channel at 719-250-9367 or email: dchannel@sprhc


The Home Fires at Deerprint Wine & Bistro

LA VEtA — Americana duo, The Home Fires, will take the stage Friday, October 4, 6 pm at Deerprint. The Home Fires, based in Minneapolis is comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they unearthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah’s clear, melodic voice and Vicky’s warm, weathered harmony. The duo tour na- tionally, have opened for Emmylou Harris and were nominated for Americana Artist of the Year by the Midwest Country Music Association in 2018. Tickets available on the deer- print website .


Eagles Auxillary officer election

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Eagles Lodge #1187, are having an officer election at their next meeting Friday, October 4, 7:30 pm at Eagles Hall. Candidates for Vice president and conductor are needed. Please join us for the next meeting and support your Walsenburg FOE!


Dana Cooper at La Veta Mercantile

LA VEtA — Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, “powerhouse” troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. Cooper will perform Friday, October 4, 7 pm at the La Veta Mercantile. He is the recipient of the 2014 Heritage Musician award from Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO. He was also named the 2015 Spirit of Folk award winner by Folk Alliance International. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by top-notch artists such as blue- grass star Claire Lynch; Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell; and luminary songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. Cooper’s mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer his voice is age- less evoking a rich lifetime of experience. Tickets are $15 advance or $18 day of show. Please visit: 85442775/ for more info.


La Veta Village garage sale

LA VEtA — Start Oktoberfest by stopping by the HUGE GARAGE SALE Saturday Only, October 5, 8 am to 3 pm at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco. New items available for your early Christmas shopping. Breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, coffee and juice available while you shop. See you there!


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, Vitalant (formerly Bonfils) Blood Drive in La Veta

LA VEtA — The La Veta Fire Protection District will host the Oktoberfest Bonfils/Vitalant Mobile Blood Drive on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 100 Block of

East Ryus Ave. by the A.T.M. Interested donors wishing to donate a unit of life-saving blood are invited to call Sue Pezze at 719-742-3239 (cell 719-989-7931) to schedule an appointment. ‘Walk-ins’ are also welcomed but appointments are recommended.


Oktoberfest 2019!

LA VEtA — Fall is in the air and that means that La Veta Oktoberfest is right around the corner. 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!

The year makes the 33rd year that the celebration that began as last hurrah to say goodbye to summer has been happening. It has grown to wonderful event where people come from far and wide to meet up with old friends and make new ones. La Veta is cool and colorful this time of year and it is a prefect time to have some fun in the Budweiser sponsored bier garden and do a little dancing in the streets! This year we are proud to have back with us the Alan Polivka German Band to start off the day and the highly acclaimed Slope Side band out of Denver playing rock and roll and oldies in the afternoon. There will be a live DJ all day to keep things moving and to present prizes from the raffle drawings. The morning will start off with the Color Guards and a moving Veteran’s celebration and a 1:00 a new Oktoberfest King and Queen will be crowned. You can also enjoy the high stepping el Fandango Dancers. You won’t want to miss the largest car how in Southern Colorado hosted by the Twin Peaks Rodders with an amazing assortment of vintage and hot rod cars. All day long there will be amazing food and crafts from over 80 vendors offering a wonderful variety of tasty treats and exciting arts and craft items. This is a free event and all of the proceeds go to provide scholarships to Huerfano County students and to help the less fortunate in our communities. Come out and enjoy the day ……you will be glad that you did!


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.


MUGFEST at La Veta Gallery

LA VEtA — The Gallery on Main, 210 S. Main, will join in the Oktoberfest fun with a special showing of MANY MUGS of all kinds Saturday, October 5, 10 am to 6 pm. Visit: for more information.


Benefit brunch at Eagles Hall

WALSENBURG — The Eagles Lodge #1187 will host a community breakfast/brunch Sunday, October 6, 11 am to 2 pm at 614 Main Street. The proceeds for the breakfast will go into the John Mall Scholarship fund. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids. The meal includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, and coffee or juice.


Eric Bachman memorial at Pétanque Tournament

LA VEtA — We continue to honor our friend and seminal pétanque champion Eric Bachman at our annual tournament, Sunday, October 6, 2 pm. ALL are invited to join us for our annual, informal and friendly, pétanque tournament. Everyone is welcome to play or watch. It is Free. This easy to learn game is similar to bocci ball but it is FRENCH! Light food and beverages will be provided but bring what you like and also a chair and hat.

The tournament is held at Brad and Nicole’s house, 402 South Main Street. The schedule is: 2-3 pm-Sign-up, learn rules, and practice; 3:15pm-Tournament Starts! For more information email: .


Tom Munch & Close n Counter at La Veta Mercantile

LA VEtA — Tom Munch has brought a blend of Southwest- Folk-Jazz to Southern Colorado’s music scene for over 3 decades. Munch will return to the La Veta Mercantile stage Sunday, October 6, 7 pm. His versatility also is seen in an impressive repertoire of some 3000 songs. Tom’s styles include jazz standards, western, folk, classic rock, R&B, children’s and rare historic songs, plus originals. Tom finds the heart of each song and performs with a love of music and respect for his audience, whether it be in a concert setting or for his weekly work with Alzheimer’s patients. Ticket prices to follow. Facebook Event Link:


Creative District Meeting at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VEtA — The La Veta community is working hard towards becoming a designated Creative District! The experts who will be helping us walk through the 10 readiness steps towards be- coming a Creative District will be at the La Veta Mercantile Monday, October 7, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Light food and a cash bar will be available.

Becoming a Creative District will allow the La Veta community to promote the area’s unique identity and market it as an appealing place to live, conduct business, and attract visitors. The creative district designation will also afford the community with opportunities for community funding, mentorship, and statewide advertising.


SPBA hosts “Upgrade Your Building”

CUCHARA — Do you have a building? Spanish Peaks Busi- ness Alliance (SPBA) will host a workshop Tuesday, October 8, 6 to 8 pm at Cuchara Mountain Mercantile which will help building owners learn about resources to help improve and renovate their buildings. Presentations will cover History Colorado’s State Historical Fund, the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, and USDA Rural Development Programs for Businesses.


2019 Public Square Rosary Crusade

WALSENBURG — Our nation is in great need of public prayer, repentance, and conversion. We ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Most Holy Mother.

Please join us in praying for our nation on October 12, 2019 at 12:00 noon, The local Public Square Rosary Rally will take place in two locations: 1) between the St. Mary Church and rectory, and 2) at the VA nursing home west of Walsenburg.

Please contact John at 719-225-6969 or Oress at 719-738- 5735 for more information.


Vendors invited to November Quilt and Craft show

WALSENBURG — We would like to invite vendors to participate in our 2nd annual Quilt and Craft Show November 2, 2019! The show will be held in Delaney Hall, behind St. Mary Catholic Church, 121 E. 7th Street.

We are asking $25 for a 6 foot table, or $30 for an 8 foot table, which could be shared by 2 vendors. Please indicate if you need extra floor space.

We hope to have more vendors than we had last year, so plan to get your registration in as soon as you can. The Scrappy Ladies Quilt Club has generously offered the use of their quilt stands, so our quilt display will be much better, and will take up less room. Please attach a story about your quilt, pattern, etc.

The show will last from 9 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 2. The hall will open at 7 am that morning for set up. If you feel you need more time than that, please indicate that on your registration form.

Please contact me at beckyandgary42@gmail for any questions, or if you, or someone you know, needs a registration form. You can also call the church rectory at 719-738-1204 and leave a message for me to call you. We are so excited to see you! Bring your friends!



THS remembers Sopris at annual dinner-RSVP now!

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 Friday, September 27, please call Judy Mangino at 719 846-4323, or Carol Schleich at 719 846-3456


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 27 – principles of drawing! Contact Abigail to enroll: 719-846-7217 or .


Critter Show reception

tRINIDAD — The reception for the Critter Show will be held Friday, September 27, 5 to 7:30 pm at the Corazon Gallery, 149 E. Main Street. The Critter Show is an art show featuring animals of all sorts, both real and imaginary. The reception will feature a delicious array of chocolates and cheeses. Don’t miss it!


CappTon Reid at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — CappTon Reid is the featured band at Spanish Peaks Inn this Friday, September 27, 8 to 11:30 pm. There is a $5 cover charge. Food & drink available. 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


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.


Meet the local Trinidad Candidates at Moose’s

tRINIDAD — There will be a series of informal “meet & greet” style candidate coffee talks with complimentary coffee and donuts each Saturday, 9 to 11 am through November 2 at Moose’s, 308 W Main Street. Each candidate will introduce themselves and present their agenda followed by a question and answer session from the audience.

September 28: Robert Scidmore, Mayoral Candidate October 12: Erin Ogletree, Council Candidate October 19: Terrence Brown, Council Candidate October 26: Aaron Williamson, Council Candidate November 2: Jay Gonzalez, Council Candidate

For more information call 719-216-3517.


Rapunzel – 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 bar- gaining 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.


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 window. Participants will also get two hours of the director’s time to pick his brain about windows. For more information call 719-846-2361


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


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.


Mt. Carmel Youth Choir rehearsals begin

tRINIDAD — The Mt. Carmel Youth Choir begins on Tuesday, October 1, 4 to 5:15 pm at Mt Carmel Community Center, 911 Robinson. The choir is open to all children in grades 4-6 and is free of charge. Rehearsals will take place every Tuesday afternoon in Mt. Carmel’s Garden Room from 4-5:15 pm. Instructed is by Connie Pallone, Toni Mangino, and Geneva Villegas. For more information call 719-845-4894.


Babies Love Boxes

tRINIDAD — Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation will be distributing free Colorado Best Start Program boxes Wednesday, October 2, 3 to 5 pm at Carnegie Public Library, 202 N Animas Street. The boxes will be distributed to those who complete the online video syllabus to learn about safe sleep, human milk as baby’s first food, and brain development. For more information visit .


Network Council meeting

tRINIDAD — Come share what’s going on with your organization and hear what everyone else is doing at the next Net- work Council meeting, Thursday, October 3, 8 am at the 2nd floor Community Room of the First National Bank Galleria building. Network Council meetings are where we discuss up- coming ideas, activities and community excitement. Come be part of the network!


Trinidad Town Hall with Ike McCorkle

tRINIDAD — Come meet your next Congressmen, retired Marine Officer, proud father of three, and progressive Veteran, Ike McCorkle Thursday, October 3, 7 to 8 pm at Sita’s Kitchen, 107 E Main Street. Check out our job creation plan at, have a great meal at Sita’s Kitchen and talk with your next Congressmen IKE about how we make government serve us! For more information call 719-859-5574 or visit


Benefit Bake Sale

tRINIDAD — There will be a benefit bake sale to benefit ABC Disability Support Group Saturday, October 5, 9 am to 1 pm at Hometown Pharmacy, 824 E Main Street. For more information call 719-220-4558.


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 Partnership, Trinidad Community Foundation, Trout Unlimited, City of Trinidad, Twin Enviro, Creek Week Campaign, Purgatoire 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


Medicare Options in 2020

tRINIDAD — Learn more about Medicare on Monday, October 7, 1 to 3 pm at Mt. Carmel Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue. During this seminar, you will learn about different parts of Medicare and explore exciting new options coming in 2020.

Open to the public. For more information / RSVP call 719- 339-1935.



RIS Open House Event

RAtON — Raton Intermediate School is hosting an Open House to celebrate the newly remodeled cafeteria. We have done quite a few upgrades to the space and we want the community to know how awesome our Food Service Program is. Thursday, Sept 26th at 5:30 pm-6:30pm.Hope you can plan to attend!


Colfax Rapid Response open house

RAtON — Colfax County Rapid Response would like to invite the public to join them Saturday, September 28, 11 am to 4 pm for an open house to show off their new station, 9 South Pond Lane, take HWY 72 east toward Lake Maloya we are on the left hand side, if you make it to Potato Mountain Road turn around you have gone too far.

At the open house you can climb on our new equipment and meet the members in person who volunteer to respond to the emergencies of our community. For those who would like to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter, you can participate in some drills in full turn out gear. They will have door prices, food vendors, local vendors and games for the kids. Door prizes provided by various donations from local businesses. You must be present to win. If there is enough interest they will have a 50/50 horseshoe tournament. The buy in per team will be $20.

Colfax County Rapid Response would also like to challenge other agencies whether you’re law enforcement, fire fighter, corrections officer, or dispatcher to a Battle Of The Badges Horseshoe Tournament. This will be for bragging rights and no entry fee will be collected.

If you would like to be a vendor for this event please contact Chief Nate Sandoval at 719-232-5555, Captain Danielle Martinez at 719-321-4607 or talk with any department member.


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 Otoño

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.


Capulin Astronomy Nights

CApULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights, Saturday, September 28, 7:30 pm. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. Times vary by month, but all observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the Visitor Center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes.


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 statewide needs assessment and strategic plan for early child- hood 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


GrowRaton! Workshops for entrepreneurs

RAtON — 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.

The first workshops are Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12. The Friday workshop is 6 to 9 pm; the Saturday work- shop runs 9 am to 3 pm. All workshops will be held at The Center for Community Innovation, 130 Park Avenue.

Register for the SGR series today! Contact Patricia Duran to register: 575-224-6718 or

Dates of the upcoming workshops are November 8-9; December 6-7; and January 10-11.