Upcoming Events for week of December 26, 2019


Treasures of Sopris

COLORADO — If you want to have your family included in a special memorial book, “Treasures of Sopris” written for the last living residents of Sopris, send a short story about how your family came to Sopris, and a picture of your home, if you have one, to either: judymangino57@gmail.ccom or trishmartorano@comcast.net



Dinner theatre at The Timbers

CUCHARA — “Double Trouble at Twin Peaks”: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Timbers, will be performed Thursday-Friday, December 26-27, doors open at 5:45. This entertaining mystery is performed by the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets with menu options available on the FCPA Facebook page. Call 719-742-3838.


La Plaza Inn holiday schedule

WALSENBURG — La Plaza Inn, 119 W. 6th Street, will be closed December 24 and 25, but open Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28. The Inn is now taking reservations for New Years Eve, Tuesday, Jan. 31. Call for reservations: 719-738- 5700.


Last brunch of 2019 at The Timbers

CUCHARA — Come out for the “last chance” brunch Sunday, December 29, 9 am to 1 pm at the Timbers! $15 per person. Call 719-742-3838.


New Year’s Eve at La Plaza Inn

WALSENBURG — Be sure to join us Tuesday, December 31 for the New Year’s Eve Dinner at La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th Street. Reservations are required, so call Call 719-738-5700, today. Also a reminder, we will be closed from December 24- 26, reopening Dec 27 & 28. There are only a few days left to see the amazing Christmas decorations!


New Year’s Eve at The Timbers

CUCHARA — Tuesday, December 31 come out for the New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Timbers. Enjoy a 6 course meal, $75 per person. Reservations are required. More information available on their Facebook page. Call 719-742-3838.


First Day Hike at Lathrop

WALSENBURG — Start out the New Year in a healthy way by participating in the 2020 First Day Hike at Lathrop State Park Wednesday, January, 1. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center at 10 am, then hike the Hogback Trail (2.3 mile-natural surface), or the Cuerno Verde Trail (2.9 miles-paved). Refreshments will be served at the Visitor Center after the hike.


Somatic rejuvenation classes

LA VETA — La Veta Yoga Studio is offering their next 6 week series of Somatic Rejuvenation classes beginning Thursday, Jan 2. $50 for the entire series or $12 drop in per class. Those who have not tried a Somatic Rejuvenation class before may come one time at no charge to try it out. This practice uses slow, gentle sliding and gliding movements all done on the mat to balance and restore the body and calm the mind. It can relieve tension, stiffness and fatigue and foster healing. So long as you are able to get up and down from the floor by yourself (you may use a chair to push up on) you should be able to participate in this practice. It is recommended for all ages and can be of great benefit to seniors. Come join us on the 2nd and see whether it is a fit for you!


The Martin Gilmore Trio at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The Martin Gilmore Trio will perform Friday, January 10, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. The Martin Gilmore Trio (MG3) is a bluegrass and folk music group from Denver comprised of Martin Gilmore, Nick Amodeo, and Ian Haegele, their sound centers around acoustic bluegrass and folk music, but they stray into jazz, swing, country, and blues. They have toured all over the United States and Ireland. Their new record will be released in 2020. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 day of show. To buy tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/2538548726470922/


Lathrop State Park 2020 calendas now available

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


United Church community dinner set for January 25

WALSENBURG — The United Church of Walsenburg will not be having the monthly Community Dinner for December. It’s a busy time and time to be with family and friends. We will resume the dinners in the new year. The first dinner in 2020 will be January 25, 5 pm at the United Church of Walsenburg.


Diabetes prevention at SPRHC

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



Operation “Santa Paws”

TRINIDAD — Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association announced a collaboration with Santa “Paws” in hopes of help- ing shelter animals have a wonderful holiday season and the best of care for the years to come.

Operation Santa Paws is a kind-hearted, cheery, animal-loving supply and donation drive… a unique holiday give- back effort that will help Noah’s Ark in continuing to assist the 1,600 cats, dogs, kittens and puppies we help each year.”

There are many ways to contribute:
Giving Trees-Like shopping? Like giving? Shop for a cause and give from the heart to pets who have less. The NAAWA Giving Trees are decorated with ornaments listing much needed supplies for shelter pets. Simply visit a giving tree, pick an ornament, purchase the listed item, and place into the box near the tree. Giving Trees can be found at Big R, The Tail’s End Grooming Salon, and the Noah’s Ark Thrift Store.

You CAN Make a Difference Food Drive-Now thru Dec 31- Noah’s Ark’s shelter and their thrift store are collecting canned dog and cat food for shelter critters. Donations of pet food can be delivered to the thrift store or shelter.

Fill Santa’s Boot-This holiday season, you can help Noah’s Ark reach a goal of $50,000 to purchase new indoor dog kennels for the new animal shelter. Just look for official Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association representatives any day at the Noah’s Ark Thrift Store and fill Santa’s boot for homeless pets in need. Donations can also be made at the NAAWA animal shelter, thrift store, by mail or phone, or online at www.noahsarktrinidad.org. or on GoFundMe.


New Years Eve Bash at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Plan to join the fun at Spanish Peaks Inn, Tuesday, December 31, 8:30 pm to 12:30 am for our annual New Years Eve Bash! Turning Point will provide the music and the dance floor will be ready for your moves. $10 cover charge includes party favors and Pozole at midnight!

Spanish Peaks Inn also offers Tai Chi, QI Gong and mind- fulness every Monday at 2 pm; and line dancing every Wednesday, 2 to 4 pm. Dont forget Taco Tuesday and Friday night specials.


Winter Art Show

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


First Day Hike at Trinidad Lake Park

TRINIDAD — What better way to kick off the New Year than by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories in the great outdoors? On New Year’s Day, America’s State Parks have all 50 states offering free, guided First Day Hike Programs. These hikes provide a means for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. Head out to Trinidad Lake State Park and pick your favorite trail to start the New Year! January 1, 8 am to 5 pm.


TLAC Chamber of Commerce 2020 luncheon sponsorships available

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad & Las Animas Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly luncheon every third Wednesday of the month. Each month we give a local business or non profit the opportunity to come share with the attendees about their business.

The 2019 sponsors have been TSJC, Trinidad Correctional Facility, Sangre de Cristo Hospice, Mt. San Rafael, SoCo Quick Clean, Wilklow & Associates, Veterans Memorial Committee, TSD-1, Mountain Liquor, Historic Trinidad Main Street board, and the Trinidad Triggers.

A luncheon sponsorship includes: Company logo on Event Flyer, invitation to event, and on Social Media; Opportunity to distribute company’s marketing materials to all attendees; Two tickets to attend the luncheon; Company logo on event signage; 30-minutes to promote your company; Admission includes discussion and networking/social hour. Spaces are limited and filling up quickly. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of a 2020 luncheon please contact the office for more information. TLAC Chamber of Commerce, 719-846-9285.


Hometown Pride Photo Contest

TRINIDAD — The City of Trinidad Tourism Board announces the Hometown Pride Photo Contest open to the public Jan 1 through Feb 29. For more information visit: www.visittrinidadcolorado.com


Workplace Skills class at TSJC

TRINIDAD — This Workplace Skills class meets two hours a week over seven Fridays, January 17 to February 28. The skills class will meet 10 am to noon or 7:45 to 9:45 am in the Boyd Room 102 at Trinidad State.

The class will cover these topics:
• Workplace communication skills
• Organizational skills
• Time-management skills
• Conflict management
• Leadership and responsibility
• Motivation
• Creative problem solving
• Judgement and decision making
• Accountability and responsibility
The class counts as one college credit-hour for the tuition of $175.64. For more information or to register, contact Donna Haddow, 719- 846-5724 ext. 5724


Trinidad Women’s March 2020

TRINIDAD — Come join us as we rally to support issues important to all people: justice, healthcare, climate change, integrity in government, marriage equality, immigration re- form, education, and many more Saturday, January 18, 11am-1pm. We will meet at the intersection of Main St and Santa Fe Trail. Bring a sign, a friend, water, and your voice. Teresa Grunewald 719-846-2256, tkgrunewald@gmail.com


Dance conditioning class at TSJC

TRINIDAD — A dance conditioning class will begin Wednesday, January 22, 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Massage Therapy Lab- Banta Bld. The instructor is Emily Seymore. The class will continue through Feb 26. To register call 719-846-5724.


The Annual Chenoweth Awards Banquet

TRINIDAD — Trinidad/Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce presents the 2020 Chenoweth Awards Banquet Saturday, January 25, at the Mt. Carmel Event Center.

5:00 – 6:00 Social Time
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 – Awards Presentation & Silent Auction

Tickets are $35 per person and $400 Corporate Table. Contact the Chamber Office to buy tickets, 719-846-9285. (Tickets must be purchased in advance they will not be sold at the door)



Sugarite lakes closed due to bad ice

RATON — New Mexico State Parks officials have closed both Lake Maloya and Lake Alice at Sugarite Canyon State Park because of bad ice as of Dec. 20. “We want to keep everyone safe, including park staff who might have to take part in any rescue or recovery,” said Park Superintendent Robert McIvor.

Both lakes are popular fishing destinations for rainbow trout, including some trophy-sized trout at Lake Maloya. “When we determine that the ice is thick enough to allow activities, we will announce that,” McIvor added

Sugarite Canyon State Park encompasses 4,000 acres located six miles northeast of Raton via State Highways 526 and 72. The park includes 20 miles of hiking trails, two campgrounds, and the remains of a historic coal mining camp. For more information, call the park at 575-445-5607.


Raton Museum membership drive

RATON — Turn right into history! The Raton Museum located in the heart of Raton’s Historic District is just the place for you. Take a break from everyday life and explore the vast history of our amazing area and the people who made their place in it.

The museum is seeking new members to support this wonderful local treasure. A regular annual membership is $35; a Heritage membership is $75. Contact the Raton Museum, 108 South Second Street, 575-445-8979; or ratonmuseum@gmail.com or visit theratonmuseum.org or facebook, Raton Museum. Visit the museum during our winter hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10-4.


Raton Christmas Bird Count

RATON AREA — If you live in the greater Raton area, consider being a feeder watcher or bird counter for the second annual Raton Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, December 28. Contact the compiler to sign up, Scott Chalmers, 575-445-5607 or scott.chalmers@state.nm.us


Mandala Center worship service

DES MOINES — The monthly worship service at the Mandala Center led by the Rev. Tim Sexton will be Sunday, December 29. 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.


Raton Regional Aquatic Center New Years Eve party

RATON — Come swim in the New Year Tuesday, December 31 beginning 6 pm at Raton Regional Aquatic Center. The $5 admission fee applies to this event. This New Years Eve party is sponsored by the Parks department in partnership with Colfax County DWI. Once you leave, you will not be allowed to re-enter the facility.


Polar Bear Plunge

EAGLES NEST — The Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks invite the public to the Polar Bear Challenge Wednesday, January 1, 9 am at Eagle Nest Lake. All are welcome to participate!

The January meeting of Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks is scheduled for January 6 (the first Monday in January) 5:30 pm at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center. One of the main items on the Agenda will be to finalize plans for the Ice Fishing Tournament on January 25.

Participants are welcome for all events and, if you would like to volunteer to help with the events, just drop us an email letting us know that you are available to help. friendsenccparks@gmail.com


NA meetings in Raton

RATON — NA meetings are held every Monday from 7 pm to 8 pm at Mesa Church, 140 North 1st Street. Here’s what you can expect at your Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Opening discussion usually starts with a prayer and an introduction. During introduction, members will state their names and if comfortable, may also state a little something about themselves such as their addiction or the number of days they have in sobriety. Try to get to the meeting early so that you can meet with some of the members of the group early on. You might even find a sponsor during this time.

Make the most out of the meeting by asking as many questions as you have and being open and honest. If you can spend additional time to talk and mingle with other members of the group after the meeting, that will be good too. If you are an addict who is in recovery, you can attend closed sessions but if you are not an addict and simply want to take some time to experience a meeting, attending an open meeting is the best option.

For the best results and the greatest support, NA recommends that new members at- tend one meeting every day for the first 90 days—90 meetings in 90 days. Most meetings will have a single speaker and moderator and will focus on one of the twelve-steps of recovery, some include excerpts from the Bible too. Attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings regularly can help you to build bonds with other members of the group and you may progress through the twelve-steps with a better understanding of each. The end goal is to be in recovery and to become a sponsor who can help others who are in their early stages of the NA program.


Al anon meetings in Raton

RATON — Al anon meets every Thursday, 6 pm at Holy Trinity church, Rio Grand and Third Streets.


Start, Grow, & Revive Your Business final workshop of series

RATON — Ever dream of starting your own business? These hands-on workshops are for start-up entrepreneurs or business owners wanting to scale up. You’ll learn valuable skills and meet successful local business people. The final two workshops (and graduation!) will be held Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11 at Center for Community Innovation, 130 Park Avenue. The Friday workshops are from 6 to 9 pm, the Saturday time is 9 to 3 pm. The graduation celebration for the attendees will be held Saturday, January 11, 2:00 pm. Make plans to join us for a short presentation and cake! #GrowRaton.


Mental Health First Aid USA

RATON — A Mental Health First Aid work- shop will be held Tuesday, January 14, 8 am to 5 pm at Miners Colfax Medical Center Longterm Care Conference Room, 900 S 6th Street. This course will give you the tools to build a trusting relationship that will help you help others. Join us to learn about depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorder, and psychosis.

Mental health first aid aims to teach law enforcement, corrections, and first responders how to respond in a mental health emergency and offer support to someone who appears to be in emotional distress.

The workshop is presented by the Presbyterian Staff/ Nelson Simpson. To sign up call Gloria Neurauter, Miners Colfax Medical Center Education Coordinator, 575-445-4516. Limited space available call today!


Out of this World Lamar Elks Toy Show

LAMAR — Prowers County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the Lamar Elks Toy Show, to be held Saturday, January 11, 9 am to 3 pm at the Lamar Elks Lodge 28157 Hwy 287 South, Lamar CO 81052. Toys of all shapes and sizes, new in the box, hand built, 3D printed, collect- ables, antiques, children’s play toys and many other types of collectables will be available to buy, trade or just admire. A $2 admission fee will be charged, children under 10 get in free. Sales/Show tables available for $25 each. Everyone is invited to attend and view the toys on display. For more information contact Garrett Mauch at 719-688-9787, garrettmauch@hotmail.com.

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