Upcoming Events for week of February 13, 2020


2020 Election information

sOuThERN COLORAdO — The Democratic and Republican committees want to re- mind citizens of these important dates this spring. To vote at your party caucus (Saturday, March 7) you must be registered in that political party by Friday, Feb 14. Go to www.govotecolorado.gov to check your voter registration and find your precinct number. The 2020 election year is upon us!

County clerks across the state of Colorado have mailed out ballot packets for the March 3rd Presidential Primary. Registered Republican and Democratic voters will receive the ballot of their party. Unaffiliated voters will receive both party’s ballots, unless they chose a party before the February 3rd deadline, but are only to vote and send back one. Voters who do not receive a ballot by February 19th should contact their county clerk.

Voters will also have the opportunity to vote in person beginning Monday, Feb. 24 and continuing through Primary Election Day on March 3 until 7 p.m. Colorado also offers same-day voter registration, allowing eligible Coloradans to register and vote on the day of election. Colorado is one of 14 states holding primaries on Super Tuesday, meaning Coloradans will have a significant role in decid- ing who will run for president in the General Election on November 3rd.

For more information on Colorado’s Presidential Primary and all upcoming elections, please visit www.sos.state.co.us. Coloradans can update and verify voter registration, register to vote online, or find their Voting Services Polling Center at www.GoVoteColorado.gov.



La Veta Farmers Market meeting today

LA VETA — The first meeting of the 2020 sea- son of the La Veta Farmers Market Association will be Thursday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the La Veta library on Main St. The meeting is open to new & repeat vendors or anyone who is just curious.


Movie matinee at La Veta Library: “Only the Brave”

LA VETA — The La Veta Library movie matinee for the month will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m. and feature “Only the Brave” star- ring Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges. It is based on the inspiring true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, local Arizona firefighters

who, through hope and determination, became of one of the most elite teams in the nation. In light of our Spring Fire and the threat that always remains, this is a powerful, timely and unforgettable story of sacrifice and courage. You won’t want to miss this fine film brought to you by the Friends of La Veta Library with free popcorn!


Valentine’s Day family dinner & dance

wALsENBuRG — Bring your friends and family Thursday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m. to Msgr. Delaney Hall (behind St. Mary Church) and spend quality time while enjoying a delicious dinner and dancing your stress away! Adults dinners are $7; Children 10 years old and younger: $5. Your contribution will go directly to St. Mary Religious Education & Youth Ministry programs. For more info, contact the parish office 719-738-1204.


La Plaza Inn Valentine’s Menu

wALsENBuRG— We have reopened just in time for Valentine’s Day. Bring your sweetheart in for a special night and enjoy amazing food just for your special evening. Choose Friday the 14th or Saturday the 15th, or both! Call 719-738-5700 to make your reservations. 118 W 6th St, Walsenburg.


Family game night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Come join your friends and neighbors for Family Board Games with our fearless leader, John Costea Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.. Music and games are free; beer, wine, soda, coffee, snacks available. For more info, go to the Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/545030359688573/


Two Peaks/One Book

LA VETA — The La Veta Library will once again be hosting their annual Two Peaks/One Book Community Book read, with the goal of bringing our area together through a great work of literature. This year’s theme is “ethics and civility” and the book we have chosen is the New York Time’s Best Seller, “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. It is the beautifully written story of Count Alexander Rostov who is stripped of his title and life of luxury and sentenced to house arrest in a small attic room at the Metropol Hotel. The book is rich in history, humor, intrigue and how one man made the most of a difficult situation and entered into a world of joy and emotional discovery. We will have a book discussion and exciting programs based on the theme and novel, so stop by and get your FREE copy at the La Veta Library, start reading and be looking in the Journal for the schedule of our upcoming events!


Karaoke, potluck, & dance at Cuchara Mountain

CuChARA — Cuchara Mountain Mercantile is hosting a fun Valentine’s day event Friday, Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m. Please join us for a Valentine’s Day Potluck Dinner, with dancing and Karaoke (those up to it) at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile at Cuchara Mountain Park.


FCPA Show Choir “Westward Ho” show

LA VETA — Calling all cowpokes, cowgals and all of their friends and family. Love is in the air—and to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir is excited to offer its winter concert: “Westward Ho”—featuring a compilation of songs celebrating those who bravely ventured outside of their comfort zones to settle the West. This is a free concert. So join us on Friday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30); Saturday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30); and Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30). All performances are at the theater located at 127 West Francisco in La Veta. Seating is limited, no reservations required (seating on a first come, first serve basis)—and best of all, it’s free! (But donations to help support the choir will be gleefully accepted).


Free Valentine’s movie “The Notebook”

wALsENBuRG — Farm Bureau Insurance is sponsoring a free movie Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. The movie is the 2004 drama romance, “The Notebook” staring Gena Rowlands, James Garner, and Rachel McAdams. This dramatic romance is about a poor yet passionate young man who falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated be- cause of their social differences.


Voter registration drive

wALsENBuRG — If you haven’t registered to vote or need to change your information, feel free to stop by Saturday, Feb. 15, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at 511 Main Street. It is your opportunity to make a difference. You can also go to www.govotecolorado.gov to register or to make sure your information is correct.


SPACe Members show reception

LA VETA — The annual SPACe Members show reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, 5 to 7 p.m.:at SPACe Gallery. Come out to visit with the artists. Refreshments are provided at the reception. No admission fee. All artwork is for sale. Or visit the SPACe Gallery Tues., Thurs., or Sat., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to see this art show of SPACe members’ works. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites everyone to the opening reception for the annual Members Show this Saturday, Feb. 15 between 5 – 7 pm. Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee. The show includes original artwork in a variety of media by 14 SPACe members. For a glimpse of some of the art in the show, visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org. The Gallery is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am – 2 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm. Call 719 742-3074 for information.


No service at Cuchara Chapel

CuChARA —There will be no services Sun- day, Feb. 16 and 22.


Gardening 101 Series – Seed Exchange

wALsENBuRG — The Spanish Peaks Library is launching monthly gardening classes, beginning with a seed exchange on Sunday, Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m..

Participants are encouraged to bring in seeds to exchange with others. The class will also cover best practices for planting of seeds, how to germinate seeds, and how to start seeds indoors. Additionally, we will discuss reading a seed catalog to determine plant viability in our region.

If you would like to participate, or would like more information, please call Spanish Peaks Library at 719-738-2774. Visit the library, Facebook page, or www.SPLD.org for other dates and topics of this monthly event.


Water Conservancy District Board meeting

wALsENBuRG — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District has been changed to Monday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m. at the Walsenburg Housing Authority, 220 Russell Avenue. The agenda will include: river reports; Collaborative Storage and Fire Restoration grant project updates; augmentation water application and Sheep Mountain reservoir updates; director committee reports. The meeting is open to the public. An executive session may be held near the end of the meeting if needed to discuss ongoing litigation; real, personal or other property interests; receiving legal advice on specific legal questions; and to determine positions on negotiations.


Two Peaks yoga class location change

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness announces a class location change for Tuesday’s Hatha Yoga classes. Starting Tuesday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m., the class formerly held at the La Veta Public Library will now be at the La Veta Yoga Studio, 200 S Main Street. The cost is $5 per class or free to Two Peaks Fitness members and eligible SilverSneakers/ Renew Active member.


Youth/adult boxing program at the Rec Center

wALsENBuRG — Huerfano Parks and Rec have started a boxing program for kids and adults Monday thru Saturday.

There is a certified instructor. Participants have their own station with heavy bag, speed bag, and jump ropes. Youth must weigh at least 50 lbs. On site treatment room with a licensed PT.


Free the Monkey pop-up sale at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Dreaming about spring? Refresh your wardrobe and home just in time for spring during another spectacular Free The Monkey Consignment Pop-Up Sale!

PRE-SALE: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 4 pm. Pay a $5 entrance fee and get first pick of the fabulous sale items!

POP-UP SALE: Wednesday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No entrance fee. A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit the SpanishPeaksCeltic Music Festival. Cash or check only, please.


Family Cafe at SCCOG

wALsENBuRG — Family Cafe is a free, local event support- ing families by inviting families to come together in an informal setting to discuss issues and learn about resources relating to parenting in our community. The February Family Cafe will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:35 to 7:35 p.m. at SCCOG Early Learning Center, 100 W. Spruce.

The Family Cafe is a bit like a casual gathering at a coffee shop, supper and beverages are provided. This is a chance to learn and share your knowledge with other families.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact the Huerfano-Las Animas Counties Early Childhood Council at 7198-845-0463.


Homebuyer Education

wALsENBuRG — Code of the West Real Estate is hosting Homebuyer Education classes in Walsenburg. The first class will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Library.

Classes will be presented by NeighborWorks Southern Colorado, additional classes will be offered monthly throughout the year. Each class is free and will provide attendees the certification required for down payment assistance, USDA and FHA programs. NeighborWorks can also provide other re- sources and one on one help as needed for credit coaching, budgeting, etc.. Code of the West will provide lunch, all attendees welcome whether working with a COTW Agent, an outside agency, or no agent at all. Contact Code of the West at 719-742-3626 for more information, or NeighborWorks SoCo at 719-544-8078 or www.nwsoco.org for more information or to register.


Justice Pioneers at LVPL

LA VETA — The La Veta Library proudly presents two out- standing Colorado female “justice pioneers”, Cathy Mullens, and Nancy Dick in a special program Thursday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m..

Cathy Mullins is currently serving as Municipal Judge in La Veta. After law school graduation, she broke the “glass ceiling” by running for and being elected as the first woman in the state to become a District Attorney (12th Judicial District- San Luis Valley) and that was only the beginning of her interesting and varied career as an artist and a lawyer.

Nancy Dick, from La Veta, served in the House of Representatives from 1975 to 1979 then went on to become Colorado’s first Lieutenant Governor under Richard Lamm from 1979-1987. Join us as we have a relaxed chat plus a question and answer session with these two accomplished and fascinating women who have made a difference! This program is brought to you by the Friends of La Veta Library. Free refreshments and chai tea!


Huerfano County Democratic Party meeting

wALsENBuRG — The next meeting of the central committee of the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m. at the new Democratic headquarters, 513 Main. (Please bring a chair!) All Democrats are invited to attend! This is a very important election year, please get involved! We will have information about the March 7 caucus.


Kathy Hill water color classes

LA VETA — Explore the color wheel while learning to paint with watercolors. Kathy Hill is offering watercolor classes on Fridays beginning Feb. 21, 10 am – 1 pm. Discover how to use just two colors, opposites on the color wheel, to create amazing watercolor paintings in a variety of subjects. Watercolor techniques, composition, and color temperature will also be part of each class. The $25 fee includes all materials. A discount of $5 is available for those who provide their own materials. In addition, a nonrefundable payment of $80 for 4 classes, not necessarily consecutive, is another option. Classes will be held at least through March, possibly longer. Classes are limited to 6 students, held at 133 E. Virginia. Beginners are welcome! Call Kathy at 719-742-5756 or email kathyhillart@gmail.com to reserve a space or for more information.


The River Arkansas Trio at Deerprint

LA VETA — Enjoy an intimate show with The River Arkansas Trio Friday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.. Mike Clark returns with bassist Macon Terry and pianist Ben Gallagher of The River Arkansas in what is sure to be a high energy show! A Free Deerprint pint glass will be given to each ticket holder. Limited menu available for light bites. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through our Facebook at https://facebook.com/events/s/the-river-arkansas-trio/719522105239660/?ti=icl or deerprintwine.com under Events.


Retail food operator training

wALsENBuRG — The Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department is proud to offer Food Safety Basics training for retail food establishment employees Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1 to 4 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue. This training will provide a comprehensive overview of food safety associated with the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations. Participants will get updates on new regulations effective the first of the year as well as valuable re- sources for kitchen staff. Facilities/owners are encouraged to send managers, chefs, and staff to this important event! Establishments may also have their participation qualify as an intervention-style inspection in the retail food inspection pro- gram. Register by Friday, Feb. 21, space is limited. Please send an email directly to Aaron Chavez, achavez@la-h-health.org with the subject line “Food Training” and the following infor

mation: course location (SPLD), your facility name, names of individuals attending, phone number. For additional ques- tions phone: 719-846-2213.

Fat Tuesday feast & Mardi Gras

celebration La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — As the guests dined, the music played…Come join the celebration at our Mardi Gras Masquerade Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5 p.m.! Fat Tuesday Dinner is catered by Annalisa, with gumbo and other traditional fare. Music provided by Ken Saydak, Bo Sewell, and special guest. Event price is $25. Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2844941768862646/

Book Discussion

“A Gentleman in Moscow”

LA VETA — The first Two Peaks One Book program will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, 2 to 4 p.m. at La Veta Library. No matter where you are in the book, come join us for a stimulat- ing and thought-provoking discussion on “Civility and Ethics” in regards to our 2020 Two Peaks One Book Pick “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles! Free program with refreshments! For more information call the library at 719-742- 3572.

Schedule changes at Two Peaks Fitness

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness announces new times for some classes this new year. senior pilates/Fresh start is add- ing a third day each week to the popular senior pilates class. The classes are now every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11 am, at the La Veta Community Center, 131 W Ryus

indoor walking in place has a new class every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main.

spin Bike is now on Sundays as well as every other day of the week! Monday-Saturday 7:30 am; Sunday 8 am at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main

Eric Elison at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Eric Elison, a touring Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Artist and Singer-Songwriter based in Colorado Springs will perform at the La Veta Mercantile Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.. Fans call him the “Lightfoot of the West.” A retired Naval Aviator, Eric Elison started his career in music later than most, but the quality of his rich baritone (he really sounds like Lightfoot), his guitar work with 12 and 6 strings, and his ability to craft songs inspired by the West, have led to invitations to play for eager audiences across the US, and Europe. Most recently he was invited to play at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe.n His show in La Veta will feature Lightfoot’s Hit’s and songs from Eric’s new album, “Songs for the Bluebird”. Tickets are $15 in ad- vance or $18 day of show. For more information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/173143567262031/


Wanted: logo and graphic

design expert!

LA VETA — La Veta Public Library is looking for graphic de- signers to help teach a one-time, brief series of classes on “graphic design for nonprofits.” La Veta has numerous active nonprofit organizations that serve this community in many wonderful ways. We want to help these nonprofit programs succeed by providing the training and support they specifically need. Right now, a group of several La Veta nonprofits are in need of logos and ongoing graphic design work, however, working on a nonprofit budget, many have to rely on self-taught skills and generous volunteers to reach their de- sired outcomes. Therefore, we would like to offer a training and educational series covering this specialty area, and we are seeking local experts to join our volunteer crew, LV Techies! If you are interested in contributing to this project, please con- tact Rachel or Ashley as soon as possible at 719-742-3572 or tech-help@lvpl.org



ROAR Valentine’s fundraiser

TRiNidAd — Send a sweet and cute Valentine to your special someone and, at the same time, support our mission in the fight against cancer. Roar For Relay For Life is sponsoring this fundraiser Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14. The fundraiser is hosted by ROAR for Relay for Life and Corradino Auto Body & Radiator. All proceeds go to The American Cancer Society.

Choose your Valentine today by calling (719) 680-0693. Choose either: #1-Assorted candy bag, balloon on a stick and 5 inch stuffed animal $13; or #2- Assorted candy bag with balloon on a stick $10. We will deliver to schools Thursday, Feb. 13. We can deliver, Friday, Feb. 14, to your special someone in Trinidad or you can pick it up at Corradino Auto Body, 124 N. Maple Street.


Adult reading program: oral histories

TRiNidAd — The people who grew up in or moved to Trinidad have interesting stories to tell. Come to the History Room at the Carnegie Public Library of Trinidad, 202 N. Animas and record your unique contribution to local history! On- going every other Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m.. The next oral history day will be today, Thursday, Feb. 13. Visit: https://www.carnegiepubliclibrary.org/ for more information.


Free tax help in Trinidad

TRiNidAd — Tax Help Colorado and Get Ahead Colorado is offering free tax assistance at Trinidad State Junior College this tax season! Tax help will be located in Berg Room 303 and is available every Friday, Feb 7 to Feb 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Anyone who earned $56,000 or less qualifies for free tax assistance.

This is a drop off tax site. Drop off your tax documents with an IRS-certified volunteer and pick up your completed return the following week. Find a list of what documents you need to bring to this tax site: https://taxhelpco.org/get-free-tax- help/prepare-for-your-visit/


Carnation delivery fundraiser!

TRiNidAd — The Trinidad History Museum is having a Car- nation Delivery Fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Delivery only in the Trinidad area.) Stop by for purchase or call in! 719-846-7217 Delivery fee is $5 ; carnations are $1 each.


Stitching Group

TRiNidAd — The next Stitching Group will be Friday, Feb. 14, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas. Join for creation and conversation! New members welcome! Learn about knitting, crocheting, and more!


Hands on History at THM

TRiNidAd — Hands on History (HOH) at Trinidad History Museum is for kids in 1 through 8 grades and runs each Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.. The cost for the class is $9 per week. (Scholarships available for free/reduced lunch, or multiple sibling enrollment)

Each Friday will include a brief history lesson to introduce the topic and its significance, followed by hands on activities. Contact Abigail to enroll: 719-846-7217 or abigail.melton@state.co.us


Journal making class at the Carnegie

TRiNidAd — Join Brenda Hance in the Carnegie Library’s Community Room on Friday, Feb. 14, 3 to 5 p.m. when she’ll show us how to make our own journals out of materials we might not use otherwise. Make your own journal! The event is free and open to the public, although the class size is limited to 10 so come on time or a little early to make sure you get in! All materials are provided, but feel free to bring extra paper and decorations, and tools (scissors or xacto knife would be helpful).


Valentine’s Dinner & Dance at Spanish Peaks Inn

GuLNARE — Bring your sweetheart to the dinner and dance at Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6, Friday, Feb. 14, 5 to 8 p.m.. There will be live music featuring Joe Mestas and a wonderful special meal; $40 per couple. For more information call 719-941-4288.


Prime rib Valentine dinner at the Purple Toad

TRiNidAd — Spend a special evening with your Valentine at the Purple Toad Social Tap and Grill. Dinner for two includes two entrees of prime rib, dinner salad, garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, dessert for two and a bottle of house wine, all for $65 plus tax and tip. Friday, February 14 at 5 pm. Call 719-497- 0320 for reservations.


Valentine treats at Colie’s

TRiNidAd — Colie’s Cakes and Pastries is the place to find the yummiest of Valentine treats. Chocolate strawberries, gift boxes, cream puffs, and Colie’s famous decorated cookies are just some of the choices. Call 719-846-2255, or go to www.coliespastries.com to place your order to be picked up at 132 N. Commercial St., Unit A. Hours: Tues- Fri, 8 am – 5:30 pm, Sat,8am-1pm.


Five course Valentine dinner at Sita’s Vegan Kitchen

TRiNidAd — Share a sensual, heart healthy five course dinner with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy carrot bisque, vegan charcuterie, choice of salad; mushroom and asparagus risotto or spaghetti putanesca, and choice of dessert, plus live music and Tarot reading for you and your love. Friday, February 14 from 5 to 8 pm, 107 E. Main in Trinidad. Call for reservations, 719-859-5574 or see them on facebook.


Enjoy a bella notte at Nana and Nano Monteleone’s

TRiNidAd — Nana and Nano Monteleone’s Deli and Pasta House will be open for romantic Valentine’s Day dining from 10:30 am to 7 pm on Friday, February 14 and every Wednesday through Saturday. Dine in or order to go. Call 719-846-2696.


Trinidad Community Theatre presents “Same Time, Next Year”

TRiNidAd — The two-act comedy with one 10-minute intermission, suited for ages 14 and up, will be performed: Friday, Feb. 14 , 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 21 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m. at the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, 131 W Main Street.

“Same Time, Next Year” by Bernard Slade is one of the most popular romantic comedies of the century. The plot follows a love affair between two people, Doris and George, married to others, who rendezvous once a year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers. For more information call 719-846-4765.


Carving Club

TRiNidAd — The next carving club meeting will be Saturday, Feb. 15, 1 to 3 p.m at the Carnegie Public Library. Join Sierra and Paul in their carving adventures and hone your carving skills! Learn more about the art and techniques of wood carving with real wood carvers! Bring your own tools and materials. Open to patrons over 14 years old.


Tai Chi advanced class

TRiNidAd —Advanced Classes of Tai Chi begin Monday and Wednesday mornings Feb. 17 and run through Apr 22, 9 to 9:45 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center. Beginner classes begin Mar 2 and run through Apr. 22,10 to 10:45 a.m.. Call 719-845-4894 to sign up today!


Healthy Inspirations Trinidad

TRiNidAd — Join us for a Fun, Free, and Family Friendly class sponsored by Health Solutions, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m. in the TSJC Banta Bld. Transition from Winter to Spring with ease to stay healthy in body and mind. Class includes tips on hydration therapy, spices, dry brushing, movement and going green. Class size is limited. Please RSVP to 719-846-4416


Care & Share distribution

TRiNidAd — The next care and share food distribution will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 am to 1:30 p.m. at Las Animas County Fairgrounds. 10-11:30 a.m. for seniors over 60, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for income eligible residents. Contact COG at 719-845-1127 for more information.


Smart Recovery

TRiNidAd — Each Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m. at Health Solutions, 417 S. Indiana learn self-management and recovery training, facilitated by Kevin Crosby. These meetings are sponsored by Health Solutions and are FREE.


Bingo! at Mt. Carmel

TRiNidAd — Come out the third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 pm for Bingo at Mt.. Carmel Wellness & Community Center. The next Bingo Game is Feb. 19. Doors open at 5:30 pm. The game starts at 7:30 pm $250 Jackpot with pay- outs throughout!


Nostalgic Movie Night “Barry Lyndon” Part 1

TRiNidAd — Join us and watch “Barry Lyndon, part 1” Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Carnegie Library, 202 N. Animas. Free Popcorn!


Somebody Cares Project Meeting

TRiNidAd — The Somebody Cares Project invites anybody interested in learning about our project to attend the meeting Thursday, Feb. 20, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Work Force Center, 140 N. Commercial. Future projects will be talked about. Ideas are welcome. We would appreciate if you bring an item from the list on the fb page. We depend on donations for our Care Bags and box’s. We are asking for donations to fill them. One item or 10. Every item counts. Call Elaine for more info @ 719-846-2075. We are a 501 (c)(3) and can accept money donations. 521 E. North Ave.


Adult reading program: censorship

TRiNidAd — Librarians have a definite stance regarding this subject: “It won’t happen in this library!” But the answer can’t be that simple. An uncensored discussion. Join us and share your opinion Thursday, Feb. 20, 3 to 4 p.m. at the Carnegie Public Library. For more information visit: https://www.carnegiepubliclibrary.org/


Third Thursday Heritage Nights

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 at the Bloom Mansion. This month,Thursday, Feb. 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. learn about making lace collars. For more information call 719-846-2361.


Read to a dog or cat!

TRiNidAd — Carnegie Library, in partnership with Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter, will hold a special program “Read to a dog or cat” Friday, Feb. 21 , 1 to 2 p.m. at the library. Paula Manini, a volunteer from Noah’s Ark, will bring gentle animals to the library. You’ll get some private space to be with a dog or cat and read them a story. You know, a nice thing about reading to dogs is that they don’t correct you, they just listen! Open to all ages. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.


Beekeeping: Heritage School at TSJC

TRiNidAd — The Heritage School at TSJC , 600 Prospect will offer a two-day workshop Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22, and 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Tuition is $50 which includes handouts. The class will cover the origin of bees and an overview of the European honey bee and where it fits in the world of bees, the unique bio- logy of bees, essential equipment needed for beekeepers, when and where to order to get a hive started, what beekeepers do and various problems they encounter, beekeeping through the sea- sons, ways to nurture your bees and the economics of beekeeping. To register contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or donna.had- dow@trinidadstate.edu.


Abstract class at Mitchell Museum

TRiNidAd — Paula Little will be teaching a One Day Abstract Workshop Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mitchell Museum, next to the pottery studio on 1st Street. No art experience necessary! Really! Great fun! Emphasis on layering, random mark-making and surprises! All materials are included. Tuition is $65. Call Paula Little to reserve a space 719-680-7189 or e-mail paulajeanlittle@gmail.com


Colorado Legal Services at Carnegie Public Library

TRiNidAd — An attorney from Colorado Legal Services comes to the Carnegie Public library once a month to conduct a walk-in clinic. The next event is Monday, January 13, 9:30 to 11:30 am. No advance signups—come in that day to get your name in the queue. Low-income applicants only, based on 125% of poverty level. This is a one-on-one meeting with the attorney about civil matters only—no criminal cases please (Monday March 23rd, and April 27th)


Painting class begins

TRiNidAd — A six-week painting class, oils or acrylics, instructed by Paula Little will begin, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pintorarium Art Lab, 155 E First Street. This class is for beginners to advanced with one make-up class included. More Information: 719-680-7189 or paulajeanlittle@gmail.com


2nd Annual Chilingo

TRiNidAd — The Chili cook-off and bingo in one event fundraiser supporting ROAR for Relay for Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Corradino Auto Body Lobby, 124 N Maple. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

Anyone can bring a chili. Please RSVP to 719-680-0693 ahead of time so enough tables will be set up. Prizes for the winner.

Come out, support, try delicious chili, and vote for your favorite. Chili master prize for winner!

The menu/option:
1: Bowl of chili, 2 pack crackers, bottle water, and 2 voting sticks for $8
2: All of option 1 plus all inclusive 10 bingo games $15 3: Homemade tortilla $2
4: Soda $2
5: Extra all inclusive 10 bingo games $10



Colfax Rapid Response meeting tonight

RATON — Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street. The next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 13. Colfax County Rapid Response is a volunteer firefighting community based organization. Currently we engage in wildland and structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County.

We are constantly looking for new volunteers, so if you are interested, please come to one of our meetings.


Accidental Writer’s Group

RATON — Accidental Writer’s Group meets every other Friday at 10 a.m. at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Park Avenue. The next meeting is Friday, Feb 14. All writers welcome.


1st annual State 4-H Shooting Sports Youth Summit

RATON — The 1st annual State 4-H Shooting Sports Youth Summit is March 20-22 at NRA Whittington Center. Applications are due in State 4-H Office by Saturday, Feb. 15.


Sweet Sleep Talk free presentation

RATON — Come and learn about your sleep patterns and why they happen the way they do Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 to 3 p.m. at Namaste Wellness Center, 205 Park Avenue.

Join Jennifer Allen of Jennifer Allen Wellness and Yoga, along with Mia Trujillo, essential oil educator as we team up to talk about sleep. Come learn why you sleep the way that you do, and learn natural ways to create a more peaceful, healthy sleep. This is a free event, so bring a friend! Grab a ticket as seating is limited.


CCFA Cowboy Sweetheart Ball

RATON — The annual CCFA Cowboy Sweetheart Ball will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Raton Convention Center. Adult admission is $30 or table for eight $225. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is at 6 p.m.; live auction starts at 7 p.m.; dance is 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.. Music by The Yarbrough Band. Please call Mesa Vista Veterinary Clinic for more ticket details: 575-445- 3912. Be sure to get a ticket quickly before they sell out!


Independent Riders, Valentine’s dance

RATON — Independent Riders of Raton invite you to an important fundraising event for Run for the Wall 2020 Saturday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. at the VFW. (Please utilize the alley way en- trance.) All attendees must be 21 and your ID is required. The dance cost is $8 per person. Music is by DJ Josh Martinez. Take some time to spend with your significant other.

Future events are planned as we continue the important tradition of supporting our veterans: March 21, 2020 come dance to Jonathan Castillo Y Profundo! Frito pie-posole dinner fundraiser to help fund the Run for the Wall.


Preschool story hour

RATON — Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Park Ave offers preschool story hour every Wednesday at 10 a.m.


Colfax County 4 H Shooting Sports Safety Training

RATON — NMSU Colfax County 4-H Mandatory Shooting Sports Safety Training will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, 5 p.m.. This would be good training for all who are planning to do some of the shoots coming up this year.


Cimarron Cemetery Board meeting

CiMARRON — The next meeting of the Cemetery Board will be Monday, Feb. 24, 12 p.m. at the Village Hall. The January meeting went well. The upcoming plans are to place section signs for individuals can find their loved ones plot locations easily. The members will be doing a walk through the cemetery to identify placements and verify records.


Food manager certification class

RATON — A food manager certification class will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Community Innovation, 130 Park Ave

Raton Class Instruction will be held Thursday, Feb. 27. The exam will be Friday, Feb. 28. This certification is nationally recognized and valid in CO and NM. Tuition is: $205. CONTACT: Florence Higgins (575) 447-6474 EMAIL: askflorence08@hotmail.com


PreK & Kinder literacy night

RATON — Join us for carnival style fun, learning about home literacy, and refreshments Thursday, Feb. 27, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Longfellow Elementary School. Literacy Basket Raffle will raise funds for our PreK and Kinder classrooms.


The Mexican Luncheon Extravaganza

RATON — There will be a household and linen drive to sup- port breaking the cycle’s transitional housing project Friday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Raton Convention Center (Lower Level) 901 S 3rd Street. Buy a $12 donation or purchase from online WalMart Gift Registry (Restart Raton Household & Linen Drive) to enjoy Richard T’s Taco y Mas Street Taco Bar with assorted sides and dessert and to hear about the transitional housing project! Please bring registry receipts or you may register for items at the door. In addition to donation or registry, we will be accepting gently-used blan- kets and comforters. For more info, contact Patricia Duran at 505- 652-0796.


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.


Out of this World

Hemp regulatory symposium webinar

BROOMFiELd — The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) will present a public Hemp Regulatory and Production Symposium at the Department’s Broomfield, Colorado campus and via live webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

To provide increased service and in response to stake- holder interest, the symposium will expand on CDA’s annual Hemp Program Year in Review meeting to also include education, fostering consumer and farmer protection, and preempting noncompliance issues.

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