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Upcoming Events for week of April 18, 2019


Robin Richards at La Veta Library today

LA VETA — Join us as we welcome Robin Richards and her “Art and Biography” as she interviews and explores the wood sculpture and crafts of artist Michael Hoffer Thursday, April 18, 2 pm. Michael is new to our community, after spending 26 years in overseeing the fine woodworking department at Santa Fe Community College and running his own business, he has relocated here and plans to open his own woodwork gallery at the Parkside this Spring. Come and welcome Michael and see some of his beautiful creations! Brought to you by the Friends of LaVeta Library.


Huerfano County Democratic Party meeting tonight

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the central committee of the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be held tonight, Thursday, April 18, 5:30 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell Avenue. All Democrats are invited to attend! We will be going over final preparations for the Mother Jones Dinner. This is a very important election year, please get involved!


Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble Easter concert

WALSENBURG/LA VETA — The Sangre De Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble announces its Spring/Easter presentation, featuring a unique, powerful, and compelling Tenebrae Service, a reverential service recalling the events of Holy Week from Palm Sunday through the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. We will be presenting “It Is Finished” by Mary McDonald, at La Veta United Methodist Church on Maundy Thursday, April 18, at 6 pm. Please join us.


Easter Week in the Spanish Peaks Catholic Community

WALSENBURG, LA VETA, GARDNER, AGUILAR — The Spanish Peaks Catholic Community invites you to join them for Holy Week services:
April 18 -Holy Thursday Masses

Aguilar, 4:30 pm; Walsenburg, 6:30 pm
April 19 -Good Friday Stations of the Cross Walsenburg, 12 noon;
Lord’s Passion/Veneration of the Cross
Walsenburg, 6 pm; Gardner, 12 noon; La Veta, 3 pm
April 20-Holy Saturday Mass (Easter Vigil)
Walsenburg, 8 pm
April 21 Easter Sunday

Aguilar, 8:30 am; Walsenburg, 10:30 am; La Veta, 12:30 pm; Gardner, 4 pm


High Kings (on DVD) at the Mercantile tonight

LA VETA — The high energy Celtic musical group from Ire- land, the High Kings, will be “giving” a virtual performance on Thursday, April 18, 7 pm at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 S. Main Street. The film, “The High Kings – Four Friends Live.” was filmed and recorded live at The Millennium Forum, Derry in May 2014, just after completing their world tour the year before. The High Kings has just now completed a 2019 tour of America and appeared at the Soiled Dove in Denver on March 21 and 22 to sold out audiences. In 2016 they performed in Huerfano County as part of the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival and generated great excitement because audiences can sing and dance along or simply listen. This screen- ing is part of the Mercantile’s free movie night series so there is no admission. Donations to support this coming September’s Celtic MusicFestival will be enthusiastically accepted. For more information call the Mercantile at 719-742-3387.


Good Friday Community Services

LA VETA — Cuchara Valley Christian Community Services will be having a Good Friday community service on Friday, April 19, 6 pm at Christ the King Catholic Church. All welcome.


Lathrop Park Earth Day Spring Clean

WALSENBURG — Observe Earth Day at Lathrop State Park by taking part in the 4th Annual Jon Sudar Memorial Spring Clean Saturday, April 20, 10 am. We will meet at the Visitor Center and will work for approximately 2 hours. Please bring your own work gloves.

We honor Jon, who had done so much for Lathrop as a Campground Program presenter and trail designer. Additionally, Jon would frequently hike around the Park, always picking up trash as he went. Help us to follow Jon’s example and volunteer your time by observing Earth Day at Lathrop State Park. We will be cleaning up the paths and shorelines around Martin and Horseshoe Lakes.


4-H Easter Egg Hunt

LA VETA — The Snowy Range 4-H Club of La Veta would like to invite everyone to come on out on Saturday, April 20, 10 am to the La Veta Town Park for their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Bake Sale.


Sunrise service at Lathrop State Park

WALSENBURG — Join us at 6 am, Sunday, April 21 for an Ecumenical Easter Morning Sunrise Service at Lathrop State Park Amphitheater. This service is hosted by La Veta United Methodist Church and United Church of Walsenburg. A potluck breakfast will follow the service at the United Church of Walsenburg, 108 Kansas Avenue. If you do not have a State Park Pass meet us at the entrance and we will have park passes for you or we can carpool in together. All are welcome. For more information call 719-742-3241.


Easter at New Hope

WALSENBURG — New Hope Community Church, 801 Pennsylvania, invites everyone to a sunrise service Easter morning, April 21, 6 am. A brief outdoor service with a special musical guest artist will be followed by a free breakfast inside.


Cuchara Chapel service

CUCHARA — Services are held at 10 am every Sunday at the Cuchara Chapel, located just south of Cuchara Village on Hwy 12. Rev. Eileen Ramsey presides. All welcome, come as you are. ADA accessible. This week’s special message: Easter Sun- day – Rising in Love, guest musician Tom Munch.


La Plaza Inn Easter buffet

WALSENBURG — La Plaza Inn will have their Easter buffet on Sunday, April 21, from 10 am to 3 pm at 118 W. 6th St. in Walsenburg. There will be over 20 items to choose from, including a dessert station and chocolate fountain. Call 719-738- 5700 to make reservations.


Easter at Lighthouse Worship Center

WALSENBURG — Everyone is invited to the Easter service, Sunday, April 21, 10:30 am at Lighthouse Worship Center, 311 W 4th Street. Join us as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Pastor Albert Lopez presents an illustrated sermon “KNOT a PEEP”. Join us for a baked ham dinner after the service.


Easter dinner at Alys’

LA VETA — Alys’ Restaurant is taking reservations for Easter dinner so be sure to make your reservations right now. Sunday, April 21 from 2-5 pm, Alys will be serving her amazing Easter dinner. And remember, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, (May 12) so make your reservations, now, to assure there will be room for you and your family.


Free legal clinic at SP Library

WALSENBURG — There will be a free legal clinic Monday, April 22, 1:30-3 pm at the Spanish Peaks Library. The clinic is hosted by the 3rd Judicial District Access to Justice Committee, Southern Colorado Legal Services, and the Spanish Peaks Library District each month. CLS will provide free 15-20 minute consultations for eligible parties based on CLS income and asset criteria. For more information regarding eligibility, please call the 3rd Judicial District Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator, Kate Johnson, at (719) 695-6555.


CDOT to begin pedestrian and bicycle improvements

WALSENBURG — CDOT will begin the long planned pedestrian and bicycle access improvements for Walsenburg Monday, April 22. The project provides right of way and infrastructure improvements to the City of Walsenburg which will include upgrades to curb ramps, add and upgrade sidewalks for improved access, installation of flashing beacons for safer crossings at the water park and library. Construction will occur Monday through Friday 7 am to 7 pm. Please be aware of workers in these areas.


Desi Aguirre Memorial Softball Tournament: sign up by 4/24

WALSENBURG — This fun weekend, Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 at Fiesta Park will feature Coed (6M/4F) teams competing; Homerun derby for men and women; and concessions. The entry fee is $150 per team, proceeds to assist in paying medical bills. Contact Jared Lessar at 719-989-8525 or Cal Aguirre at 719-989-8742 to sign up by Wednesday, April 24. T-shirts awarded to Champions.


La Veta/Cuchara Chamber meeting

LA VETA — La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce will have their monthly board meeting, Thursday, April 25, 8 am at the La Veta Schools Library, 126 East Garland Street.


Art and culture of Southwest Native Americans

LA VETA — Join us at the La Veta Public Library Thursday, April 25, 2 pm as we welcome educator, artist and archaeologist Rebecca Myers as she presents a program exploring the arts and cultures of Southwest Native Americans, with an emphasis on weaving and pottery. Topics covered will include the process in creating their amazing works as well as archaeological and socio/economic information. She will also share some personal anecdotes of previous experiences that enhanced her appreciation of Southwest Art. This fascinating program is sponsored by the Friends of LaVeta Library and, as always, free with refreshments. For info call 719-742-3572.


“The Grunch” a new children’s musical

LA VETA — The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts and The La Veta Schools present “The Grunch”, a new children’s musical. There will be four performances: Thursday, April 25, 7 pm; Friday, April 26, 7 pm; Saturday, April 27, 7 pm; and Sunday, April 28, 2 pm. The book, music, and lyrics are by Denver Casado and Betina Hrshey. Additional material by Brian Daw- son. Tickets are $5. Member discounts do not apply. Advance tickets: La Veta: 719-742-5496 Cuchara: 719-742-3092 Or tickets available at the door. Francisco Center for the Performing Arts, 127 W Francisco St


“Neither Wolf Nor Dog” at the Fox

WALSENBURG — If you missed the first screening of “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” earlier this month, there is a second chance to see this record breaking film, Thursday, April 25, 7:30 pm at the Fox Theatre. The Fox has teamed up with the distributors of the record-breaking independent film, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”, based on the award-winning novel by Kent Nerburn.


Arbor Day program at Lathrop Park

WALSENBURG — Friday, April 26, in observance of Arbor Day, Park Naturalist Tom Macedo will conduct a Junior Ranger Activity about trees. Kids will learn about trees, make their own tree-disc medallion, fill out a simple worksheet about trees and earn a Junior Ranger badge. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center at 9 am. As always any vehicle in the State Park must display a park pass. If you would like to attend but don’t have a park pass, remember you may check one out of either Spanish Peaks Library or La Veta Library for up to one week.


Eagles Ladies Auxiliary meeting

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #1187 is having a meeting Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm. At this meeting, nomination of officers will take place. Please plan on attending this important meeting.


Spanish Peaks Job Fair

LA VETA – This year’s Spanish Peaks Community Job Fair, sponsored by the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce and Huerfano County Economic Development, will be held Saturday, April 27, 12 to 3 pm at the La Veta School Gymnasium, 126 E Garland. You will have the opportunity to apply for jobs, talk with lock job resource centers, and learn the best ways to optimize your resume. Open to all experience levels.

Meet with employers including the U.S. Army, Walsenburg Work Force, local restaurants, Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, vacation rentals, and local businesses. Resume assistance from 12-2:30 pm.

Tables are available at no charge to employers. For more information, please contact Aubrey Fassiatto at (630) 271-7908.


Spring herb and wildflower walk

LA VETA — Join local naturalist and ethnobotanist Bob Kennemer on Sunday, April 28, 12 to 3 pm on a gentle guided walk in and around La Veta. We will identify early season flowers along with edible, useful, medicinal, and poisonous wild plants. This is the first in a series of forays and lectures focus- ing on historical uses of wild plants, mushrooms, and the natural history of the Cuchara Valley and Spanish Peaks region. For more information and to register, email Bob at:


EARTH exhibition at MOF

WALSENBURG — EARTH an exhibition with over 50 Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) members will open at the Museum of Friends on Saturday, April 27. Please join us to celebrate Earth Day with a unique opportunity to see the work of artists from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and other locales as these artists share their love of painting outdoor. Walsenburg will have a makeover as PAAC does a “paint out” of our town.

The museum opens at noon with Plein Air Painting demonstrations commencing at 1 until 3 pm. Join us at the Fox at 3:30 to see Loving Vincent, an animation of the incredible Plein Air Paintings of Vincent van Gogh. The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of its 65,000 frames is an oil-painting hand-painted by professional oil-painters (including a PAAC member) who traveled from all across Europe to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. After the film we are back at MOF for an opening celebration with light refreshments and music.

The school tour program is available for kindergarten through high school with pre and post visit materials available for teachers interested in visiting with their students.

Please visit: or stop in for more information or a card.


Huerfano County Democratic Party Mother Jones Dinner

WALSENBURG — The annual Mother Jones Dinner fundraiser for the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be April 27, 5:30 to 9 pm at The Eagle Hall, 614 Main Street. Tickets for the dinner are now available

Show your support of the Huerfano County Democratic Party by buying tickets. The Keynote speaker is newly elected Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.

The upcoming 2020 election may be the most important election of our lives. Many offices are up for re-election including: President, Senate, and House of Representatives, and 2 county commissioners. We need to prepare for the 2020 election cycle!

Unite, participate, persist! Tickets available from Huerfano County Democratic Party central committee members or available on line at or call 719-859-5085


SPACe “Found Objects Morphed” show reception

LA VETA — There will be a reception at SPACe for the new show “Found Objects Morphed” Saturday, April 27, 5 to 7 pm. Enjoy delicious snacks, drinks and good company. The show will be on display until May 18


Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market meeting

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market Meet- ing for the 2019 season will be Sunday, April 28, 12 pm at Daily Perks, 110 E. 5th Street. All interested vendors/participants are welcome.


La Veta school calendar listings available

LA VETA — Attention folks displaced by the Spring Fire and those with cell phone numbers and no land lines. The 2020 La Veta School Calendar is now being put together, and we have lost touch with some of you. Please call Bobbie Andreatta at 719-742-3564 to get your address and listings updated so we can finish producing the calendar. Anyone else who would like to purchase a calendar and birthday/anniversary listing, please contact Bobbie as well. The calendar is in its 68th year of publication. Deadline is Wednesday, May 15 for inclusion in next year’s calendar. Note the calendar runs on the school year schedule, August through the summer. Mailing address is 1370 CR 358, La Veta, CO 81055. Thanks so much.



All things adobe at THM tonight

TRINIDAD — Each month on the third Thursday, the Trini- dad History Museum, 120 S Chestnut St., hosts a heritage night focusing on different aspects of Colorado life. This month, Thursday, April 18, 5 to 7 pm learn all about “All Things Adobe”. Enjoy sweets, treats, and hands-on activities! These programs are geared towards adults, but all ages are welcome.


Schubert Mass in G tonight

TRINIDAD — Experience the master of melody Thursday, April 18, 7 to 8:30 pm at United Methodist Church, Trinidad, 216 Broom Street performed by Trinidad Chamber Singers. Franz Schubert was and is still a composer most known for his beautiful melodies and flowing vocal writing. This is a wonderful concert for the classical music lover as well as those who may be new to classical music listening. For more information write to:


Easter get together/egg hunt at Trinidad Inn Nursing Home

TRINIDAD — You’re invited join us for a special Easter Get- Together Friday, April 19, 1 pm at Trinidad Inn Nursing Home, 409 Benedicta Ave. We’ll have an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!


Trinidad State Art Show opening

TRINIDAD — The opening reception for TSJC art show will be Friday, April 19, 4 to 6 pm at Artcartopia Museum, 2702 Freedom Road. For more information, contact Ily S. Reiling: 303-359-2579


Trinidad Community Theatre presents The Scarlet Letter

TRINIDAD — A collaboration with Trinidad High School and Trinidad State Junior College presents The Scarlet Letter by Phyliss Nagy, adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, 131 W Main Street.

Set in 17th century Boston, a Puritan settlement at the time, young Hester Prynne is led from the town prison with her infant daughter, Pearl, in her arms and the scarlet letter “A” on her breast. Rumors in the crowd mutter that Hester is being punished for adultery.

This masterpiece examines the timeless truth that compassion and understanding are more powerful and enduring than vengeance and cruelty.

Trinidad High School students comprise the Scarlet Letter Creative Team that is working with director Harriet Vaugeois to make this timeless piece relevant, entertaining, and thought- provoking for high school and college students, as well as other mature youth and all adults.

SHOWTIMES: Friday, April 19, 7 pm; Saturday, April 20, 7pm; Sunday, April 21, 2 pm; Friday, April 26, 7 pm; Saturday, April 27, 7 pm; Sunday, April 28, 2 pm. TICKETS: 719-846-4765


Apishapa Run Adventure Ride

TRINIDAD — This ride is part of the Explore Las Animas Dirt Series and will be held Saturday, April 20, 7 am to 5 pm. Adventure rides are not races. They’re about having fun hanging with like minded people who want to explore and ride hard. Rides are timed, but not for competitive purposes. Again, all roads are open and you must obey traffic laws.

This is another ride back in time. The Apishapa culture, or Apishapa Phase, was a prehistoric culture from 1000-1400, based upon an archaeological site in the Lower Apishapa canyon of southeastern Colorado. It was formed by the Apishapa River, a tributary of the Arkansas River. This ride will take you into one of the most remote parts of Las Animas County. Truly a route for the explorer in all of us. A significant portion of the ride takes place on dirt, with pavement mostly confined to the front and back of end of the ride. You’ll ride through an area that will test your fortitude and take you back to the days of early hunter and gathers of the canyon and plains region. $75 registration; 7 am, registration; 8:30 am warm up, 9 am start. Finish at Elm Street Train Depot (apx 3 pm, followed by dinner (apx 4:00 PM). For more information:  303-775-8486;


4/20 specials at Cannaco

TRINIDAD — Cannaco, 3019 Toupal Drive is celebrating 4:20 by having several great specials throughout the 4/20 week- end! Check out the ad on page 23 for more information!


Annual Easter egg hunt in Aguilar

AGUILAR — American Legion Post 42 and the Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 20, 12 pm at the Town Park. There will be prize eggs and the fun of pinatas before free hot dogs & drinks for the kids. The Ladies Auxiliary will have a bake sale from 10 to 12. Bring the kids and take your favorite Easter dessert home. For more in- formation call 680-1393.


Fire Line and Easter dinner at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE —Saturday, April 20, 7:30 to 11:30 pm Fire Line will provide the live music and dancing at Spanish Peaks Inn, $5 cover charge.

The Inn will also have Easter Dinner featuring ham, mashed potatos/gravy, veggie and roll for only $10. For more information call 719-941-4288.


Volunteer Firefighter fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Our volunteer firefighters in Hoehne, Spanish Peaks, Stonewall, and Fishers Peak areas put their lives on the line during fire season and throughout the year. Smokers Friendly, 401 N. Commercial Street, is currently holding a fundraiser through April 30. You can purchase essential supplies or contribute a cash donation and be entered to win a prize package at our Trinidad Smoker Friendly location, 401 N. Commercial Street. For more information call 719-846-7512


Fort Wootton Easter Pancake Brunch

TRINIDAD — Come join our local veterans for a hot brunch on Easter Sunday, April 21, 8:30 am at Fort Wootton, 204 S Chestnut Street. The brunch is sponsored by the First National Bank In Trinidad. After the meal there will Easter egg hunts in the courtyard for children 12 and under. Cost for the brunch/egg hunt is $6 plate pancakes, sausage and eggs. You can pre-purchase tickets at the following sponsor locations: State Farm Laura Debella 535 E Main, the ambassadors of the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber Of Commerce, Walking Y Ranch, Peak Cinemas, First National Bank In Trinidad. For more information contact: or visit:


“The Blue Zones Solution” book club

TRINIDAD — A new book club based on the book “The Blue Zones Solution” will meet every Monday from 1-2pm beginning April 22 and ending May 27 at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue. The first fifteen people to call will receive a free book or bring your own “The Blue Zones Solution” book. The book club is free to all who would like to attend. For more information call 719-845-4894.


Homemade Laundry Detergent Workshop

TRINIDAD — This workshop on Monday April 22, 7 to 8 pm at Hearth of the Goddess, 149 E Main St #4 will demonstrate two methods of creating a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly powdered laundry detergent at home. The $10 ad- mission fee will cover the lecture and materials to make a small trial batch of detergent that can be taken home and used on your clothes. Cash and Credit are both accepted. For more in- formation call 719-680-3663


Getting a Better Night’s Sleep program

TRINIDAD — Health Solutions is hosting
a free program on how to get a better night’s sleep from registered yoga teacher, Jennifer Allen Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 to 6:45 pm at TSJC, Banta Building, 600 Prospect Street. This class will focus on techniques on how to develop good sleeping habits and how to attain a more restful sleep. For more information call 719-846-4416.


Kindergarten pre-registration for Eckhart Elementary School

TRINIDAD — Attention: Parents of incoming Kindergarten Students for the 2019-2020 School Year

Pre-registration and pre-screening will take place at Eckhart Elementary School on Thursday, April 25, 8:30 am to 1 pm. Your child will be pre-screened by a kindergarten teacher. This process should take approximately 30 minutes. You must bring the following items with you: your child, completed registration packet, immunization record, and official birth certificate. If your child attends COG or Headstart, teachers will give parents the pre-registration packet by Monday, April 15. Registration packets will be available for children who do not attend COG or Headstart. Parents are welcome to come in to pick up a registration packet at Eckhart Elementary School.

We are excited to have your child join us. Eckhart Elementary School is a “Leader in Me Lighthouse School”. Each day students learn and practice the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students as staff work to develop the leader in each child.

At the start of the new school year, parents still need to at- tend registration to receive their child’s teacher assignment and new school year information. Parents and children will be able to tour the building, keeping in mind that school is still in session.


Second Annual Corazon de Trinidad Poetry Festival

TRINIDAD — The second annual Corazon de Trinidad Poetry Festival will be held Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27. Events include Open Mic, Poetry Out Loud, Readings and Book Signing, Writing Workshops, Adult and Youth Sessions, and more.

The festival features: Alan Ainsworth, Molina Speaks, Juan Morales, and Maria Melendez Kelson. The festival will be held at: The Bloom Mansion at the Trinidad History Museum, 312 E Main St and Berg Little Theater at Trinidad State Junior College. Search: Corazon de Trinidad Poetry for more information.


Growing Readers Together- WRITE!

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas St., series of 5 events for caregivers and kiddos ages 6 and under continues Friday, April 26, 2 to 4 pm. This series is geared to help caregivers (babysitters, grandparents, and other non-licensed providers) and kiddos ages 6 and under, to come learn and play with us! Each participant will leave with a goodies bag of books and toys .


Primero Spring Dance

TRINIDAD — Our Primero Elementary students will be host- ing a spring dance for the entire Primero Community Friday, April 26, 5 to 8pm at Skateland, 424 W Main Street. We will utilize our partnership with Skateland and use this venue for students to demonstrate their motor skills and movement pat- tern development. We anticipate family members and community members attending. Admission is free. Participation is encouraged, and skating after will be free. For more information call 719-868-2715.


Small acreage landowner workshop at TSJC

TRINIDAD — The Colorado State University extension office in Las Animas County is offering a small acreage workshop Saturday April 27, 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Leone Lounge on the campus of Trinidad State Junior College.

There will be experts from agencies and organizations from across Southeast Colorado covering key ways to get the most from your slice of paradise. The morning workshop will look at wildfire mitigation to common health issues for horses to livestock.

Following lunch will be a field visit where there will be an overview presented concerning your property, native and weedy plants, the establishment of pollinator plants, and a look at soil erosion mitigation.

Register at For more information call Lori Brown at 719-846-3681 extension 3122 or Kim Smart at 719-846-6881.


Coal Miners Museum annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser

TRINIDAD — The Southern Colorado Coal Miners Museum will be hosting their annual fundraiser spaghetti dinner Friday, April 26, 5:30 to 7 pm at 217 W. Main Street. Adult plates are $7; children under 12 are $4.. Come and dine in with the staff of the museum or takeout is available. Please join us for a good cause and good food!


“Los Remedios: Health and Wellness in Southern Colorado” at THM

TRINIDAD — Trinidad History Museum, 312 E Main St., is hosting a speaker series in 2019 to accompany the opening of our new exhibit “Los Remedios: Health and Wellness in Southern Colorado.” The next program is: Minette Church, “Roadside History and the Archaeology of the Santa Fe Trail” on Friday, April 26, 6 pm at the museum. All events are free and open to the public.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines cultural heritage tourism as “traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present.” Learn more about the Santa Fe Trail in this program. For more information call 719- 846-7217.


An evening with cowboy poet, Floyd Beard

TRINIDAD — “Light is a journey, not a destination and best viewed from atop a good horse.” Enjoy cowboy poetry with Floyd Beard Friday, April 26, 7 pm at A.R. Mitchell Museum, 150 E Main Street. Refreshments available; $5 per person, children under 12 free.


Kitten & Puppy Shower

TRINIDAD — Saturday, April 27, 1 pm at Noah’s Ark Thrift Store in Trinidad, come out for an afternoon of fun for animal lovers of all ages! Please join us for our 4th annual Noah’s Ark Kitten & Puppy Shower. There will be snacks, games, prizes, and toy making for shelter pets.


Spanish Peaks Striders Bulldog Run 5k/10k/Half

TRINIDAD/RATON BASIN — The 2019 RaBa Cinco series of runs take place in the Raton Basin counties of Colfax (Raton) in New Mexico, Las Animas (Trinidad) and Huerfano. The first run will be Saturday, April 27 in Trinidad.

Sign up for the series by e-mailing or Provide your name according to the way you will register for the individual events, indicate male or female and your city & state residence. Request confirmation of receipt. For more information call 303-746-3092.


Trinidad Trivia Night at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Think you know a thing or two? Get a team together and come out to the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N Animas St., Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 to 8 pm. Trivia night is co-hosted with Lew Lerner and the Chronicle News. Topics are general trivia with four person (or fewer) teams. Open to the public. Sign up by April 30. For more information call 719- 846-6841.


Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit coming to Trinidad

TRINIDAD — The iconic Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibition that opened almost one year ago at the El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo and contributed to its most successful year ever, will expand to the Trinidad History Museum with Borderlands of Southern Colorado: Remedios, Medicine and Health opening on Friday, May 3. The new Borderlands exhibit was created with input from community members who participated in its nearly three-year planning process and shared their stories about traditional and home-based health practices. From childbirth to spirituality, religion, nature and coal mining, themes include relationships with the land, as well as relationships with doctors, grandmothers, nature and the community.

An opening reception will be held on May 3 from 4 to 8 pm. A community celebration and family day will take place on May 4, with free admission, lawn games, live music, food trucks and programs for the entire family. In addition, for the first year of the exhibit, any resident of Las Animas County will receive free admission to the museum as a thank you for their contributions to making the exhibit happen.


Vendors, start planning for Santa Fe Trail Days Festival

TRINIDAD — The rumors are true! The Santa Fe Trail Festival is returning to downtown Trinidad on June 28th and 29th.

Applications for Food and Non-Food Vendors are now available on the Chamber website. In addition to the applications, there is a Sponsorship Form for anyone wanting to help sponsor this year’s event.

The Chamber website has the forms for downloading. Vendors make sure to download the Vendor Information with your Food or Non-Food Application. Completed applications may be mailed to or dropped off at the Chamber office, 136 W Main St., Trinidad CO 81082. If you have any questions please call Linda Barron 719.680.4498, or email Thank you for continuing to support our community and local vendors.

This is probably a VERY good time for Chamber Business members to check business listings on the Chamber website There many businesses that have not provided us with logo’s, company de- tailed information, website, or social media info.


Cinco de Mayo vendor opportunity

TRINIDAD — Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites you to support and promote Saturday May 4, 1 to 7 pm. Join us at the LAC Fairgrounds for Mexican food deliciousness, adult beverages in the beer garden, pet parade and costume contest, horseshoe tournament, salsa and chili cookoff, performances by the Illusions Dance Studio, Grupo Azteca, D3 Caesar and so much more! Support this family friendly event while promoting your business. All proceeds will go to our annual scholarship fund which is awarded to our local students. For sponsorship and vendor opportunities please contact Erminia at 505-382-2007


Vacation Bible School registration

TRINIDAD — Mark your Calendar- VBS, June 10-14, Fisher’s Peak Community Church, 10377 Santa Fe Trail, 9am-noon. There is no charge for kids kindergarten – 6th grade. Pre-registration is recommended. Contact info: 846-6018 or



Medical account donations sought

RATON — A medical account has been opened for Tracy Hall, Sr. at International Bank in Raton. Tracy Hall, St. was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency in 1999. This is a genetic (inherited) condition which is passed from parents to their children through their genes. Alpha-1 may result in serious lung disease and/or liver disease. The disease has caused severe damage to Tracy’s lungs and he is now in need of a double lung transplant. Tracy is currently on the lung transplant list and is awaiting the call for a transplant.

Tracy is currently on the lung transplant list and is await- ing the call for a transplant. He and his wife, Cindy, will have to travel to Aurora, Colorado for the surgery and then will be required to live in Aurora for 3-10 months after the surgery. The account has been set up to help with the expenses of living in Colorado as well as paying high insurance deductibles and medical expenses.

The account number is 317752 and under Tracy Hall Medical Account. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.


Colfax Assessors Outreach today

SPRINGER — Assessor’s Office Personnel will be available to answer your questions pertaining to Head of Family, Veteran’s, and Disabled Veteran’s Exemptions, 65 & Older/Disabled at any Age Valuation Freeze, Property Valuation Protest, Prop-rty Owner Account Information, and more Thursday, April 18, 10 am to 12 pm at Springer Senior Center, 504 Maxwell Ave.


UMC Holy Week

RATON — Maundy Thursday Service at First United Methodist Church, 1501 S 4th St, in Raton April 18, 7 pm.

Good Friday Service at Grace United Methodist Church, 7 Moody Ave, in Des Moines, April 19, 7 pm. Easter Service including the choir preforming an Easter Cantata at First United Methodist Church in Raton, April 21, 11 am. Easter Service at Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines, April 21, 8 am with a breakfast potluck to follow.


Good Friday Processional Walk Raton

RATON — The Processional Walk will be held Friday, April 19, 6 to 8 am. We will start out at Fairmont Cemetery 6 to 6:30 am, pray for the departed and share a nice early morning walk to Mount Calvary Cemetery sharing fellowship and prayer of the rosary on this Good Friday.


2019 Aqua Egg Hunt

RATON — The annual Aqua Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 20, 11:30 am to 6 pm at the Raton Regional Aquatic Center. Admission is $5 per child regardless of age. Parents admission is FREE! Open Swim 11:30 Am – 6 PM. Pictures with Easter Bunny. Come dunk, dive, swim, splash for over 1000 eggs in the pool! This event is sponsored by Raton Elks Club. Contact Raton Parks and Rec by calling 575-445-4271.


Springer K of C Easter Egg Hunt

SPRINGER — The Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, April 20, 10 am at Horseshoe Park. The hunt is for kids ages 2 to 10. Prizes will be awarded!


Easter Egg Hunt at First Baptist Church

RATON — The First Baptist Church of Raton, 225 S. 3rd St. will hold an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 20, 2 pm.


Easter Egg Hunt at Ripley Park

RATON — There will be an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 20, 1 pm at Ripley Park, 313 N 2nd Street, sponsored by Raton Elk’s Lodge #865 Youth Committee. For more information call 575-445-9291.


Easter Sunday at Mesa Church

RATON — There’s a reason for resurrection. Join us on Easter Sunday, April 21, 10:30 am at Mesa Church, 140 N. 1st St., to celebrate the resurrection power of Jesus Christ! #StillHasThe- Power

After the service, we will have a BBQ and an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos.


Easter at FWC

RATON — Easter Sunday, April 21, Family Worship Center will have a full morning of activity to celebrate. We are planning two powerful services and an 10,000 Egg Easter Egg Hunt after the 2nd service! We look forward to seeing you there!

-9AM Service

-11AM Service
-12:45 10,000 Easter Egg Hunt


100th anniversary for Raton Public Service Co.

RATON — Come and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Raton Public Service company. A reception will be held on Monday, April 22, 1 to 4 pm at Raton Convention Center. Refreshments will be served. Come register in person for a chance to win one of RVE $100 electric bill credits. Winning entries must have an active electric account listed on the entry form. Register for door prizes, sign up for power plant tours, and just come out and experience 100 years of electrical history.


Social Security – your questions answered

RATON — Join us for our presentation “Social Security-Your Questions Answered” hosted by EJ Johnson: Edward Jones Office Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 to 6:30 pm at KBobs Steakhouse.

We will discuss how social security fits into your retirement income plan, when you should start taking benefits, and tax considerations. Dinner will be served please RSVP by calling Kristine at 575-445-2345 by Monday, April 22.


Arthur Johnson Memorial Library FOL membership drive

RATON — The Friends of the Library are holding a member- ship drive! People interested in community involvement can support the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library by becoming a Friend. The Friends of the Library is an independent organization that raises funds to help support the library through programming, collection development, occasional temporary staff, computer needs, and pro- motional materials.

Those interested can sign a membership form at the library and receive a membership card good for the year April 2019 through March 2020. Member- ship dues are $10.


Classic Night at the Movies: American Graffiti

RATON — The Independent Riders of Raton is sponsoring Classic Night at the Movies this month on Wednesday, April 24, 7 pm at El Raton Theater, 113 N. 2nd Street. The movie is American Graffiti. In conjunction with the movie they will be hosting a 50’s-60’s costume contest! There will be prizes for the Best Couple, Best Male, Best Female and all funds go to support Run for the Wall.


28th Annual Colfax Family Health Fair

RATON — The annual Colfax County Health Fair will be Thursday, April 25, 9 am to 3 pm at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd. The health fair will include vendors, free and reduced-fee screenings, interactive exhibits, educational materials and resources, giveaways, and more! A special frozen treat will be given out in honor of Colfax County’s 150th anniversary!

If you are interested in volunteering, would like more information on the event, or have a special needs request, please contact the Colfax County Extension Office at 575-445-8071 or


Old Pass Gallery call for artists: “May Flowers”

RATON — We are looking for all kinds of “May Flowers” for the show to be hung on April 29. Old Pass Gallery will accept up to 5 pieces of artwork on Thursday, April 25 & Friday, April 26. All entries must be original works (painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, jewelry and textile). There is a $10 entry fee per piece or $5 per piece if you are a current Artist member. For additional information or questions, director@ra- or call (575) 445-2052. Please join us in celebrating Raton’s Summer of Color!


Certified Food Manager Class

RATON — Do you need a Food Manager Certification to work in your restaurant or food business? Sign up for this LOCAL class to be held Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26 at The Center for Sustainable Community. The class is conducted by Florence Higgins, R.S. Certified Food Service Instructor, the training consists of lecture, chapter quizzes, hands on demonstrations and group problem solving. Each student receives a copy of the Certified Food Manager Text book (developed by the National Environmental Health Association, NEHA)

Certification awarded when exam is successfully passed and is renewable every 5 years. The total cost of the class is $195. To sign up call the Center 575-245-9000 or call Florence 575-447-6474.


Blood Drive Des Moines

DES MOINES — Be a part of something bigger than yourself during the Des Moines Community Blood Drive Friday, April 26, 9 am to 12 pm at the high school gym. Call Tami Stogsdill at 575-278-2101 to sign up. Sponsor code: dmc at


Cimarron PeeWee Basketball Tournament

CIMARRON — PeeWee Basketball is in full swing! Cimarron will be hosting their tournament April 26 (after school) and all day April 27 and 28 at Cimarron Elementary/Middle Schools, 132 N. Collison. Come on out to cheer on our little Rams! If you would like to help with the tournament, either refereeing, running the clock, doing the score book, or helping in concessions contact the school.


Cimarron Annual Cleanup Day

CIMARRON — The Village of Cimarron will have their annual clean up day on Saturday, April 27, 8 to 4 pm or until the rolloffs are full. Two rolloffs will be on the north side of the International Bank.


Cash MOB! Bruno’s Pizza & Wings

RATON — A Raton cash mob, in collaboration with the Raton Chamber of Commerce, will have a Cash MOB on Saturday, April 27, 11 am to 1 pm at Bruno’s Pizza & Wings, 133 Cook Avenue.

Come and spend $10! Here are the deals from Bruno’s: 12″ pepperoni and soda/tea/coffee, or a three ingredient cal- zone and soda/tea/coffee, or an order of pepperoni rolls soda/tea/coffee. Call Bruno’s 575-445-9512; it’s always a good day for pizza!


Spring for Hops & Vine

RATON — Join Us for our annual fundraising event, Saturday, April 27, 5 to 8 pm at Raton Museum. This fundraiser is brought to you by Raton MainStreet and the admission is $15. The event includes beer and wine tasting featuring Noisy Water Winery, Blu Dragonfly Brewing, and Colfax Ale Cellar. There will be paired Hors d’ oeuvres and a silent auction. For additional information or questions, contact or call (575) 445-2052.


Raton Cycling group ride

RATON — The April group ride will be Saturday, April 27, 12 pm. The plan is to start on top of Johnson Mesa, Hwy 72, mile-post 12, and go all the way across the mesa and back. The ride should be about 25 miles. This is a great ride as long as the weather cooperates. I’d bring a light wind breaker, pullover and thermal tights just in case. As always the ride is open to road cyclist of all levels


Mandala Center worship service

DES MOINES — The monthly worship service at the Mandala Center led by the Rev. Tim Sexton will be Sunday, April 28. The service begins at 3 pm followed by a pot luck dinner. TMC is located at 96 Mandala Rd. 3 miles west of Des Moines, New Mexico. For more information call (575) 278-3002.


CCC Spring performance

SPRINGER — The Christian Community Choir will be hold- ing their Spring performance Sunday, April 28, 3 pm at the Jubilee Fellowship. The event is free. The CCC Kids choir will also be performing. Everyone is welcomed to attend.

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