Upcoming Events for week of December 5, 2019

THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD

1st National Bank calendar distribution

RATON/TRINIDAD/WALSENBURG — Come join us for the annual holiday open house and 2020 Calendar distribution, Friday, Dec. 6, 9 am to 3 pm be at these 1st National Bank locations: Loan Production Office, 1247 S. Second Street, Raton; The Main Bank, 100 E. Main Street, Trinidad; and Huerfano County Branch, 135 W. 6th Street. The title of our beautiful calendar for 2020 is “Remembering Our Neighborhood Grocery Stores.”

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nominate a special nurse for Colorado’s highest honor

SE COLORADO — Nominate a special Registered Nurse (RN) for the 2020 Southeastern Colorado Regional Nightingale Nurse Recognition Event. Think about a nurse who has touched you or your family. Nurses make an incredible difference in people’s lives every day!

The Colorado Nurses Foundation and Southeastern Colorado AHEC are accepting nominations for the annual South- eastern Colorado Regional Nightingale Nurse Recognition Event. The regional event will be held at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Occhiato Student Center Ballroom on Friday,

March 27, 2020. Nominations are encouraged by community members and other health care professionals. The regional event will recognize exceptional working or retired nurses in southeastern Colorado.

Submit applications on-line at www.coloradonursesfoundation.com. Deadline for nominations and all supporting documents is January 15, 2020. For information call (719)544-7833.

Southeastern Colorado AHEC seeks to improve health- care in southeastern Colorado by providing educational services to students, healthcare professionals, and the community in the counties of Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Lake, Las Animas, Otero, Park, Prowers, Pueblo and Teller.

 

HUERFANO

Communication Coalition

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

 

Native American and Hispanic cultural identity in Southern Colorado

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

 

‘Tis the Season for Music!

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

 

“White Christmas” at LV Mercantile

LA VETA — All are welcome to enjoy the classic holiday film “White Christmas” on the big screen Thursday, December 5, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile, 300 S. Main. No admission charge, free popcorn. For more information call 719-742-3387

 

Huerfano Youth Sports Leagues seeks volunteers

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness in La Veta has recently formed a basketball league for our youth. We are currently seeking volunteer coaches and team sponsors for our quickly approaching basketball season in December! Other youth leagues to follow. Please contact Nicole Sudderth at (303)-944- 7319 for further information for your child and coaching!

 

Christmas Tree lighting at Charlie Park

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

 

Sweets & Craft Fair at United Church of Walsenburg

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

 

Traditions Arts and Craft fair at La Veta Mercantile

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

 

One Nation Walking Together donation booth

LA VETA — Also at the Traditions event, Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 am to 4 pm, One Nation Walking Together (ONWT), a non- profit from Colorado Springs, will have a booth set up for do- nations. Want to make a Native American child or elder have a brighter, warmer holiday? This is the 11th year Huerfano County citizens have supported ONWT’s worthy cause. Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy, non-perishable food items, or any new (or gently used) item that will provide warmth. Although not seasonal, personal hygiene items, especially for women or diapers for little ones are al- ways needed. ONWT delivers items directly to deserving Natives in the Rocky Mountain area, including the largely in- visible urban Indian population that resides in Colorado.

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

 

Holiday open house at Lathrop State Park

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

 

La Veta Annual Culinary Celebration Arts Fundraiser

LA VETA — Each Dec. since 2008 the La Veta arts community has held an end of year culinary fund raising event. The event this year is on Saturday, Dec. 7, 5 to 7:30 pm. Come stroll among eight La Veta art galleries and enjoy a variety of delicious foods and beverages, as well as an exceptional variety of art- works, while contributing to local art programs and scholarships for both adults and children. Tickets are $25 each and are avail- able for purchase at the participating venues. The 8 participating venues are: La Veta Gallery on Main, Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe), Painted Horse Gallery, Shalawalla Gallery & Gift Shop, La Veta School of the Arts, and Silvershoe as well as the two new venues this year: Crafted in Colorado and the Parkside Gallery of Wood Art. Tickets avail- able at: www.lavetagalleryonmain.com

Each venue will provide some type of food and refreshment to ticket holders. The La Veta Gallery on Main, in keeping with long- standing tradition, will provide a selection of desserts. The other locations will provide taster or small plate offerings along with beverages. Each venue will also be holding a drawing for a prize of their choosing. All ticket holders will be entered in the master drawing for an adult art scholarship, estimated value $100. There are a limited number of tickets available, so please purchase your tickets early. The FCPA Show Choir will pro- vide Christmas caroling during the event.

 

The Rifters at LV Mercantile

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

 

Reflections Ceremony

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

 

Holy Guacamole!

WALSENBURG — New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, located at 801 Pennsylvania in Walsenburg, will be hosting a guacamole fellowship Sunday evening, Dec. 8, beginning at 6 pm. Guacamole will be made fresh, in sight at each table! Everyone is invited with special emphasis on former at- tenders, friends, and neighbors of New Hope.

 

TuTu’s Washateria opens

LA VETA — TuTu’s Washateria opening on Monday, December 9 at 903 South Oak Street in La Veta! Come check out the revamped laundry mat! Special thanks to Jett and Cheryl for their years of hard work, enjoy your retire- ment. Open 7 days a week!

 

Community meeting for the new school

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

 

Free Family Holiday Movie

WALSENBURG — HuLAECC (Huerfano-Las Animas Counties Early Childhood Advisory Council) is proud to present these free family- friendly movies to our community Monday, December 9, 7:30 to 9 pm at the Fox Theatre, 715 Main Street. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Merry Madagascar,” and “Frosty the Snowman” will be shown; watch all or come and go as needed. Snack packs will be avail- able for all children! For more information call 719-845-0463.

 

December Care ‘n Share

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

 

Free legal clinic at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 4 to 5 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue. The next clinic will be Tuesday, December 10. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

SPBA’s Second Annual Holiday Giving Celebration

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Busi- ness Alliance is hosting the Second Annual Holiday Giving Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6 to 9 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell St in Walsen-

burg on Wednesday, December 11 at 6 pm. You will also be able to sample treats from local eateries. The centerpiece of this event is an auction, where nonprofits give a 60-second elevator pitch about their organization to a crowd of business owners and individuals who will then have the opportunity to donate to their cause. It is a great opportunity for the business community to better understand the organizations and the impact of the contributions to these non-profits.

Because of the number of businesses who attended last year and their generosity, a total of $32,320 was donated to the various non- profits who presented.

There is no amount too small or too large, if you need in-kind donations, such as board members, volunteers, items, or services, please include them in the pitch. Ask for what you need.

Each nonprofit will have about 4 feet of table space to set up an information booth. At the end of the auction, bidders will be instructed to go to the information tables to sign letters of commitment and for nonprofits to collect contact information. It is generally expected that businesses will receive an invoice from the nonprofit for their financial commitment, though some businesses may prefer to pay that evening. We encourage nonprofits to bring a festive donation jar for their table.

Each nonprofit will also be included in an event guide. We request each participating nonprofit submit a statement of no more than 300 words that compliments your 60-second speech. This statement should include your requests and an overview of your organization. We also need a point of contact to list in the guide.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HOLIDAY AUCTION, you MUST be a member of the Alliance. Please email join requests, or if you are already a member, your statement and the name, phone number and/or email address of your point of contact to: EKSANDER@HUERFANO.US

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

 

Sailing the Atlantic

LA VETA — Ever wonder what it would be like to take to the sea? Join us at the La Veta Library Thursday,December 12, 2:30 pm to welcome someone who did just that. Veronica Marino packed her bags and set out to sea as a crew member on an 1860’s style gaff rigged schooner. She will share her photos, artwork, poetry and tales of adventure. This program brought to you by the Friends of La Veta Library with free refreshments! 719-742-3572.

 

Ecstatic Dance at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Make your move, not your mind! Come and quiet your inner and outer dialogue and enjoy your own personal exploration of body movement, while listening to some fun rhythms for an awesome experience Thursday, December 12, 7 pm. Whether you feel moved to have a big dance workout, or an inward journey, there is no judgment, low lights, and no talking, so you have absolute permission to be danced as the music moves you individually. Wear comfortable clothing, leave your inner critic at the door, and consider a donation of $5 to help the La Veta Mercantile pay for our own brand new dance floor! All ages welcome! Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/4555991 38601673/

 

2019 Navajo Ranch HOA Christmas Party

LA VETA — The 2019 Navajo Ranch HOA Christmas Party will be held Saturday, December 14, at the La Veta Community Center, 131 East Ryus Avenue. Doors will open at 5:30 pm; dinner at 6 pm. All Navajo Ranch prop-

erty owners and residents are invited to attend. Feel free to bring a guest or guests. The HOA will provide turkey, ham, and beverages. Attendees are asked to provide potluck dishes (salads, bread/rolls, vegetable dishes, desserts, etc.) As a repeat from last year, there will be a DJ and dancing, as well as door prizes.

Again this year, the HOA membership voted to support the Huerfano County Sheriff Department’s toy drive. If you would like to participate, please bring an unwrapped gift for a child in a gift bag. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, we will accept cash or check – this will enable the HCSD to purchase additional gifts and help to ensure they can provide toys for more children in the community. The donated gifts and cash will be delivered to the Sheriff’s Department following the dinner.”

 

Hunter Education Class

WALSENBURG — There will be a two day Hunter Education Class Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, at Lathrop State Park. Students who pass the written test and live-fire exercise will receive their Colorado Hunter Education Safety Cards. All materials will be provided and there is no cost. There is no minimum age.

Visit cpw.state.co.us to register. For more information call 719-989-1027.

 

Gardner Holiday Art and Craft Fair

GARDNER — Stop by the Gardner Community Center Saturday, December 14, 9 to 3 pm for the Gardner Holiday Craft Fair. Come support artists and bakers! Admission is free. There will be pottery, baked goodies, jewelry, ornaments, cards, leather, soaps, knit hats and scarves, so much more! Do your holiday shopping here! Breakfast burritos and chili lunch will be served. For questions and vendor information call 719-746-3050

 

Christmas program at Spanish Peaks Church

LA VETA — Spanish Peaks Church, 311 S. Main Street, will be presenting a Christmas Program to include a children’s musical play and comedy skits on two days. Saturday, December 14, 6 pm there will be the program with dinner $7 for adult; $5 for children 6 to 12 years old. Sunday, December 15, 3 pm there will be the program with refreshment with tickets of $5 for 6 and older and children 5 and under free. All proceeds go to the youth programs. Please RSVP (719)742-3476.

 

Christmas & Celtic Music at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Enjoy an afternoon of Christmas and Celtic music and stories with La Veta’s very own Celtic Orphans Sunday, December 15, 2 pm. The concert is free! Visit the Face- book event link for more information:https://www.facebook.com/events/449687185792621/

 

“Have You Heard?” a Celtic Christmas Cantata

WALSENBURG/LA VETA/GARDNER— Come hear the Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble, Southern Colorado’s biggest little county-wide community choir, present “Have You Heard?”, a Celtic Christmas Cantata. Three concert dates for you to choose from: Sunday, December 15, 3 pm at St. Mary’s Church in Walsenburg; Friday, December 20, 6 pm at La Veta United Methodist Church; and Sunday, December 22, 2 pm at Gardner Methodist Church. Refreshments served after each concert. Enjoy the Christmas Story told in song and scripture, with a lovely, lilting Celtic twist to your favorite Christmas songs. Bring the whole family, free of charge.

 

RE-1 calls for public input on future facility needs

WALSENBURG — Huerfano Re-1 School District will hold a community meeting on Monday, December 16, 5:30 pm at the John Mall High School gym. The School District would like to share information about facility needs with the community and ask for input from community on what is important to con- sider for potential future facility investments. This is open to everyone in the community, please come to share your thoughts.

 

Bill Hearne, Michael Hearne, Don Richmond, and Zeke Severson at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Bill Hearne, Michael Hearne, along with special guests Don Richmond and bassist-vocalist Zeke Severson will perform a concert and dance at the La Veta Mercantile Wednesday, December 18, 7 pm! From Bill: “This is the rarest of rarest opportunities to spend an entire evening listening to Michael and his ugly uncle Bill pick and sing together. Don Richmond will also do a few tunes from the Rifters new CD, and we might even talk Zeke into doing a tune, as he does in my group.” Hope to see you there, to listen, or to scoot a boot. Tickets are $20 in advance or $23 day of show.

Discounted rooms available at the La Veta Inn: $89 Queen and must book directly by calling 719 742-5566.
Facebook Event Link: https://www.face- book.com/events/2766967569991971/

 

Plant-A-Book at LV Library

LA VETA — This holiday season do some- thing special for someone who is close to you and help grow the La Veta Library children’s book collection. Planting a book in the Library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative. Choose from the pre-selected books on display at La Veta Library. A dedication bookplate will be placed inside the book of your choice and we will give you a personalized card for your special person. Plant-A-Book is underway now until all the books are sold. All books cost $15. Contact us at 742-3572 or email stephanie@lvpl.org for more information.

 

Diabetes prevention at SPRHC

WALSENBURG — Have you been told by a health care professional that you are at risk for getting diabetes or have prediabetes? You can prevent type 2 diabetes! Find out how to 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.

 

St. Mary Cemetery Association notice

WALSENBURG — Please be advised that any and all decorations placed on the grave sites and mausoleum sites must be in the vases only. All decorations in the vases will be allowed to stay until March 2020. If any marker is missing a vase please call Dr. Fred Menghini at 738-2111.

Please note that any and all decorations placed outside of the vases will be removed immediately regardless of the season.

 

Lathrop State Park 2020 calendar sale

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

 

Film screening “The Need To Grow”

LA VETA — There will be a presentation Thursday, December 19, 5 pm at the La Veta Library meeting room of the award winning documentary “The Need to Grow” created by Rob Herring and Ryan Wirick. With only 60 years of farmable soil left on the Earth, this documentary offers an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement who have created possible solutions. Can we feed the world without destroying the Earth? For more information about this fascinating program please call Joel Matthews 575-740-1709. Refreshments will be provided.

 

Huerfano Democrats Winter Holiday Dinner

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Democratic Party invites all to come out for an end of the year celebration Thursday, December 19, 5:30 pm at Walsenburg Golf Course, 1399 Co Rd 502. The cost of the dinner is $15 and is either steak, potato, salad, roll or spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread sticks. Both menus include tea, coffee, lemonade, and dessert. A cash bar is available.

Please RSVP with menu choice by Sun- day, December 15 to 719-742-0244 or jayjen- kins020@gmail.com

We are encouraging folks to bring a sample of their favorite recipe for us to taste and the written recipe to share!

 

Open Mic Night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The next comedy, poetry, sing- ing, acting, or getting on your soapbox for a few minutes open mic will be Thursday, December 19, 7 pm. Performers, reserve your time by calling (719-742-3387) or sending us a message via Facebook. This free evening of fun is hosted by Ken Saydak.

 

Santa & Mrs. Claus coming to Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Santa and Mrs Claus will be in town Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, 5 to 6:30 pm at the Housing Authority recreation room, 220 Russell Street. (across from the Outreach Clinic).

 

Tom Munch Christmas Concert at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — La Veta Mercantile welcomes back Tom Munch for his yearly Christmas Concert Saturday, December 21, 7 pm. Munch has been deeply steeped in Christmas and winter songs since he was born, and has made a lifelong passion of learning and expressing these songs yearly at many venues. Munch is prepping for a fun and meaningful evening with even a few sing-alongs to add to the holiday spirit. Come out and celebrate Christmas with your friends and neighbors! Tickets are $15 advance, or $18 at the door. Get tickets and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/661760217609306/

 

Tim and Cindy’s annual free Christmas dinner

WALSENBURG — Enjoy Tim and Cindy’s annual Christmas dinner free to the community on Christmas Day. Come in and enjoy Christmas day with us. Donations and volunteers are needed.

Thank you from Tim and Cindy at TC’s Diner. Dinner will be served from noon to 2 at TC’s Diner, 284 CO 10, east of Wal- senburg on Hwy 10.S

 

LAS ANIMAS

Oldest high school basketball tournament returns to Trinidad State

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

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

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

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

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

 

Winter Wonderland Party

TRINIDAD — The Winter Wonderland Party, hosted by A.B.C Disability Support Group, will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 to 8 pm at the Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Drive. The party will be a fun filled, sensory friendly Holiday party. We will have games, snacks and prizes for every child. This event is free for the disabled, their friends and family!

 

Japanese Art Forms – Kintsugi

TRINIDAD — The next class on Japanese Art Forms will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:30 pm at the Carnegie Public Library. Poetically translated to “golden joinery,” Kintsugi, or Kintsu-kuroi, is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery. Rather than rejoin ceramic pieces with a camouflaged adhesive, the Kintsugi technique employs a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.

 

Czech Marionettes perform

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

 

Gift wrapping fundraiser for ROAR

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

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

Prices range from $3-10. For more information contact:

Sharon Vallejos- 719-680-0693, Lesley Abeyta-Hertzing- 719- 859-2065, Kendra Doherty- 719-946-5510 or 719-680-0693

 

First Friday Art Walk

TRINIDAD — Come down to downtown Trinidad Friday, December 6, 5 to 7 pm for the First Friday Art Walk. Galleries participating are: Trinidad Photography Gallery 319 W. Main • Corazon Gallery- 149 E Main St Ste 1, •Marketplace Gallery, 149 E. Main Street. Raggio, Commercial St. • Sawa Art Gallery114 E. Main • Raggio, Commercial St. • The Gallery at Bachman and Associates Real Estate, 132 E Main Street, • A. R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art- 150 E. Main St, •Tours of Fox Theater

 

Homelighting Trolley Tours

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

 

Reflections Ceremony

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

 

SCRT presents a “Twisted Christmas Carol”

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

 

Pearl Harbor Veterans Gun Show

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

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

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

 

Annual Christmas Bazaar

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

officehta@gmail.com

 

Fireman’s Toy Drive Fundraiser at Bombshells

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

 

Fireman’s Toy Drive Wrapping Day

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

 

Holiday Card Making

TRINIDAD — Learn to make your own Holiday Cards Saturday, December 7, 10 am to 12 pm at Mt. Carmel Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue. This is a free workshop. Included are card-making supplies like glue sticks, glitter, card- stock, stickers, ribbon, and scissors. Bring any tools or materials you might want to include. For more information call 719-845-4894.

 

Santa at the Grateful Dog

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

 

Snowflake Frenzy at Corazon Gallery

TRINIDAD — Tracy Wahl of True Grit Productions is teaching a class about how to crochet snowflake ornaments, how to make paper snowflakes, and allow participants to record their own snowflake story as part of Corazon Gallery and True Grit Girl Productions SNOWFLAKE FRENZY, December 7, 11 am – 1 pm. People who tell stories will get an audio copy of their story. (Small donation accepted for that benefit).

 

TMA Holiday Swing Christmas Concert

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

 

Dano Weston Band at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — The Dano Weston Band will play Saturday, December 7, 7 to 11 pm at Spanish Peaks Inn. There is a $5 cover charge for the evening. Spanish Peaks Inn also offers Tai Chi, QI Gong and mindfulness every Monday at 2 pm; and line dancing every Wednesday, 2 to 4 pm. Dont forget Taco Tuesday and Friday night specials.

 

ROAR for Relay for Life Christmas Party

TRINIDAD — Who doesn’t like a fun & great Christmas party with delicious tummy filling food?!? This is an invitation for YOU, family, friends, neighbors & coworkers, & all cancer survivors. Our annual & fun ROAR for Relay for Life Christmas Party for Las Animas & Huerfano counties is Monday, December 9, 6pm at Corradino Auto Body main lobby, 124 N Maple. If you like, bring a main, side or dessert dish item. We will also be giving out awards from our canceled Au- gust wrap up party. Please everyone come join us!!

We also have a great mystery gift exchange ($10-15 price limit) that is a hoot if you want to join in but you don’t have to.

 

Philosophy Cafe at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — The next Philosophy Cafe at the Carnegie Pub- lic Library will be held Monday, December 10, 5- 6pm. Discuss existence with your friends and neighbors. Free of charge and open to the public. Inspired by the Café Philosophique movement, and by Socrates Café, by Christopher Phillips. If you enjoy contemplating what we are and why we’re here, join us for this facilitated discussion. Everyone welcome!

 

Guided Meditation: Gratitude and Abundance

TRINIDAD — Slow down your busy life at the next guided meditation Monday, December 10, 6 pm at the Carnegie Public Library. This month’s guided meditation will focus on prac- ticing gratitude, which can lead to abundance.

This meditation is open to people of all backgrounds, and the main goal is to take some time from our busy lives to relax and focus on self-care. We recommend bringing yoga mats, blankets, and pillows from home to make the floor more comfortable while we meditate. We will meet downstairs at the Carnegie Public Library.

 

FREE legal help at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — The next free legal clinic at the Carnegie Public Library will be Tuesday, December 10, 3 to 4 pm. Patrons can have a private video conference with an attorney, here at the library. Call the library at 719/846-6841, or come in to sign up in advance. Normally, there will be four, fifteen minute sessions to discuss civil matters only

 

Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

TRINIDAD — Wednesday, Dec. 11, 3 to 4 pm at Mt. San Rafael Hospital Cafeteria, 410 Benedicta Avenue join Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Colorado to learn more about Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.
Join us to learn about:
~ The impact of Alzheimer’s
~ The difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia
~ Disease stages and risk factors
~ Current research and treatments to address some symptoms ~ Alzheimer’s Association resources
Presentation by: Suzanne Davis, RN – Volunteer Community Educator. Call for more information, 719-846-807.

 

Japanese Art Forms – Gift Wrapping

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

 

Nine Lessons & Carols

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

 

Classical Christmas Concert

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

 

Santa Paws and more 2019

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.

“We are over-the-moon excited to be working with Santa to bring hope and joy to the homeless pets of our animal shelter and within our community,” said Laurel Young, Executive Director at Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association. “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- 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 at Walmart on Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 am to 2 pm or all day, 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.

And of course-Santa Paws-Get your and your pet’s photo taken with Santa Paws Saturday, December 14, 10 am to 2 pm at Big R, 2208 Freedom Road. Photo cost is by donation. Don’t have a pet? No worries! Visit the first ever North Pole Kissing Booth and have a mini-date an adoptable dog, puppy, cat or kitten. Or if you are ready for a lifetime of love and friendship, visit the North Pole’s Adoption Booth and take home a new furry friend. Be sure to get yummy treats or the purr-fect gift at the famous Santa Paws Bake Sale table. This year, the bake sale table will also feature Noah’s Ark T-shirts, pet calendars, ornaments, and you can even order a personalized, commem- orative brick for just $50! Remember to also stock up on all your farm, ranch, home, and gift needs with amazing savings throughout Big R’s store,

 

A Winter FairyTale

TRINIDAD — A Winter FairyTale by Illusions dance studio will be performed Saturday, Dec. 14, 3 pm at Trinidad Middle School. Admission is $8. Come out and enjoy our Christmas Recital, the children, parents and staff have worked so hard to put together for everyone to come and watch. We can’t wait to see you all there!.

 

TMA Christmas Sing-Along

TRINIDAD — Get in the spirit of Christmas by joining members of the Trinidad Music Association singing Christmas carols, drinking hot chocolate or cider, having some sweets, and visiting with Santa Sunday, December 15, 2 pm at Up- Swing Community Room, 419 W. Main Street.

 

Gift to You” dance performance

TRINIDAD — Our “Gift to You”, hosted by Dance Connection will be held Sunday December 15 at Trinidad Middle School, 614 Park Street. There will be two shows;. a matinee at 2 pm and an evening show at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 each. Doors open at 1:30 pm. The mission of Dance Connection Dance School is to “bring the love of dance to the children of our community!”

 

Gift tree at 1st National

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

 

Holiday opportunities in Trinidad

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

The Trinidad Fireman’s Toy Drive has delivered the toy drive applications to all local schools, utility department at city hall, department of social services, and Trinidad Housing Authority. If you know of anyone needing assistance with Christmas, please fill out an application or contact Captain Drew Gatlin.

Shop with a Cop, is taking donations to assist underprivileged kids an opportunity to spend time with a local law enforcement officer and provided funds for Christmas shopping. Contact Community Service Officers Temple Young or Courtney Festi at 719-846-2993 x 214 or 203

Holiday Food Drive benefiting Fisher’s Peak Soup Kitchen, now to Dec. 18 at the drop off location at Phil Long Toyota, 105 E. Cedar Street, donate a non-perishable food item and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to be used at Phil Long.

 

Nostalgic Movie Night ~ High Noon

TRINIDAD —The next nostalgic movie, “High Noon” will be shown Wednesday, December 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Carnegie Public Library. This movie was directed by Fred Zinnemann and stars Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, and Lloyd Bridges. A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

 

Third Thursday Heritage Nights—Tin Art

TRINIDAD — Each third Thursday of the month Trinidad History Museum’s Kirby and Abigail will be serving up 15-20 minute history lessons, and then we will all create a hands on experience. This month, Thursday, December 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm join us in making Holiday decor out of Tin. For more in- formation call 719-846-2361.

 

Family Movie Night- “Polar Express”

TRINIDAD — Thursday, December 19, 6 to 8:30 pm Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center, 911 Robinson, offers a free movie night for all children 12 and under, come early for cookies and hot cocoa! For more information call 719-845-4894.

 

Winter Art Show

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

 

COLFAX

NM State Outdoor Recreation Division open house-rescheduled!

RATON — The director of the newly created New Mexico State Outdoor Recreation Division, Axie Navas, will still be hosting an Open House in Raton, but because of legislative concerns it has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 5, 10 am in the Commission Chambers of the Raton Municipal Building, 224 Savage Avenue. Ms. Navas will be here to learn as much as she can about the recreation opportunities in our region and to explain the mission and goals of the new Outdoor Recreation Division. This will be a great opportunity to let Santa Fe know about all the great outdoor recreation opportunities that abound in our part of the state and the importance of outdoor recreation to our economy.

Please save the date. We would love to have you or a representative(s) from your organization there. If you know of any business, government agency, or municipal officials in the region that should participate in this open house please feel free to invite them. For more information contact: City of Raton Department of Parks and Recreation at 575-445-2413 or jchatterley@cityofraton.com or visit website: www.ratonrecreation.com

 

Raton City Band welcomes new members

RATON — All are welcome to join and play with the Raton City Band! Currently, rehearsals are every Thursday, 6:30 pm at the Raton High School band room. Find us on Facebook (Raton City Band) or call Clint at 505-652-6637.

 

Start, Grow, & Revive Your Business Workshop Series

RATON — The next business workshop is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7 at Center for Community In- novation, 130 Park Avenue. The Friday workshop runs from 6 to 9 pm and the Saturday workshop runs from 9 am to 3 pm.

Ever dream of starting your own business? These hands-on workshops are for start-up entrepreneurs or business owners wanting to scale up. We begin with a series of FREE two-day workshops over four months. You’ll learn valuable skills and meet successful local business people.

 

United Methodist Women’s Bazaar

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

 

Springer Christmas Bazaar

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

 

Children’s Christmas Shop

CIMARRON — The Open Hands Thrift Store volunteers invite Cimarron children ages 1-13 to Christmas shop for family, friends, and teachers on Monday, December 9, 1 to 4 pm at the Cimarron United Methodist Church (Open Hands Thrift Store, 357 E 9th Street.) Items available include jewelry, toys, games, and other useful and decorative items for everyone on your child’s list. Items range in costs from 25 cents to $1. Gift wrapping is included.

 

Raton Science Fiction Alliance

RATON — Raton Science Fiction Alliance will show the movie “Space Balls” by Mel Brooks free of charge on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 pm at the El Raton Theatre. Donations accepted. Concessions will be open and door prizes will be given away. An episode of “Fire Fly” will also be shown.

 

Digital education workshop for tourism

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

 

Christmas on the Chicorica

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

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

 

“A Christmas Carol” at the Shuler

RATON — This delightful Holiday tradition returns to the Shuler Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 15. Shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday are at 7 pm, Sunday performance is at 3 pm. “A Christmas Carol” is produced by the Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts. General ad- mission is $10; Family $30. Shuler Box office 575-445-4746

 

Eagle Scout Award ceremony

CIMARRON — Raton Troop 91 would like to invite you to our Court of Honor. The Court of Honor will be held Sunday, December 15, 4 pm in the National Scouting Museum at Phil- mont Scout Ranch in Cimarron. 7 young men will be receiving their Eagle Scout Award, the highest award youth can earn in the Boy Scouts. The boys earning their Eagle Scout award are: Carson Chatterley, Creede Chatterley, Colten Dunlap, Jacob Edmondson, Chance Kamp, Chase Kamp, and Christian Kamp.

 

Elementary Christmas program

SPRINGER — Santa Claus will be in the park (inside in case of bad weather) Monday, December 16, 5- 6:00 pm at Luna Vocational, 516 Maxwell Avenue. For more information call Springer Chamber of Commerce, 575-643-6401.

 

Christmas Light Parade

SPRINGER — The Christmas Light parade will be held Saturday, December 21, 6 pm The parade participants will meet in front of the Colfax General Long-term Care, 615 Prospect Ave at 5:30 pm. For more information call the Springer Chamber of Commerce, 575-643-6401.

 

Out of this World Family Farm Transition Summit

BROOMFIELD — The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and Colorado State University Extension are presenting an inaugural Family Farm Transition Summit Dec. 9 and 10 in Westminster, Colorado. Agricultural lenders, wealth advisors, certified public accountants and attorneys are invited to attend and help achieve outcomes of increased awareness of available services and an increased network of service providers.

“Our partnership with CSU Extension will help us establish a team of professionals through the Family Farm Transition Summit with the skills to work with ag families to develop and implement their succession plan.” said Mark Gallegos, Technical Services Section Chief for the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

The goals of the summit are to increase the number and farm and ranch families that successfully transfer their businesses to the next generation and that begin and complete the process of succession and estate planning.

Topics to be covered at the summit include the importance of creating a succession plan, reasons why farmers and ranchers do not have succession plans, a banker’s perspective, and mediation services.

This event is limited to 100 participants and early online registration is encouraged. For more information, please con- tact Mark Gallegos and marka.gallegos@state.co.us or 303-869- 9093.

 

ElectriCritters expands at Pueblo Zoo

PUEBLO — The popular ElectriCritters display at the Pueblo Zoo is on now! A winner in the “Best Place for Family Entertainment” category in Pueblo Chieftain’s Best of Pueblo, ElectriCritters is presented by Black Hills Energy. ElectriCritters at the Pueblo Zoo is sure to brighten your 2019! In addition to more than 250,000 lights and over 150 sculptures, enjoy touring two buildings with some of your favorite exotic animals and on select nights, get a free photo with Santa!

Guests can enjoy holiday music while warming up in the EcoCenter with a cup of hot chocolate or Solar Roast Coffee at the Candy Cane Café. The Pueblo Zoo gift shop offers unique holiday gifts for animal lovers. New ElectriCritters’ exhibits were exclusively designed for the zoo by local artists, Richard Montano & Design Specialties, sculpted by the PCC SkillsUSA Welding Club, and installed by the “Critter Crew.” Thanks to our sponsors Black Hills Energy, Colorado Lottery, Wagner Rents, Mission Side, Neil & Lynne Wainwright, Solar Roast Coffee, The Pueblo Chieftain, Thatcher Mini Storage, and KOAA 5.

Opening night tree lighting and gingerbread house contest: ElectriCritters will kick off with a tree lighting and gingerbread house contest on opening night Nov. 27. ElectriCritters runs 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on event nights.

Event Dates: Dec.: 5-8, 12-23, 26-29
Santa dates: Santa will be at the zoo and FREE* photos avail- able on Dec. 6, 13, 20-21, 27-28

Prices for Tickets (Purchased at the zoo before 4pm or through our website): Non-Member Adult $8, Non-Member Child $6, Member Adult $6, Member Child $4, and children under 3 years old are free. For full Details: https://www.pue- blozoo.org/electricritters for more information!

All proceeds raised from the event will go towards the care and feeding of the zoo’s 500 animals. The event gives a boost to attendance which is crucial in helping the zoo make ends meet during the slower winter months.

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