Upcoming Events for week of February 27, 2020


2020 Election information

SOUTHERN COLORADO — The Democratic and Republican committees want to remind citizens of these important dates this spring. 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 deciding 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.


Illuminate Colorado survey

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS — Illuminate Colorado is doing a community needs assessment for Huerfano and Las Animas counties. This survey will help us to identify what resources are available in our Communities to help families impacted by Substance Abuse. The data from the surveys will help identify what services are needed for our areas.

Please follow the link listed below to be connected to the survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAG6v1eeTBN20lb9EtifYQe2rV3Ifjna3UMwDK4f9eOFpOw/viewform?usp=sf_link


Start your child on a track for success

WALSENBURG/ TRINIDAD — Want to know more about how your child is growing, learning, and playing? Attend a NO COST screening day for children 0-5 years old. Screenings include vision, hearing, dental, de- velopmental, and social emotional lead. Screenings are open to any child in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Please allow 30-45 minutes to complete the screenings. Snacks will be available.

In Trinidad, Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.j. at SCCOG Early Learning Center, 1225 Rosita Ave. In Walsenburg, Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Peakview Elementary School, 375 W. Pines Street.

A parent or guardian must be present at the screenings. If a parent or guardian is un- able to attend, please call 719-845-0463 for more information.



Book Discussion “A Gentleman in Moscow”

LA VETA — Join us at the La Veta Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m., as we kick off our 2020 “Two Peaks/ One Book” series with a you tube video of author Amor Towles. Mr Towles is a charming and witty speaker and he details with personal wisdom his inspiration for the book, “A Gentleman in Moscow”, historic insights and vintage photographs……perfect background for next week’s book discussion. Free with refreshments brought to you by the Friends of LaVeta Library. For more information call 719-742- 3572.


Second meeting: La Veta parks, open space & trails

LA VETA — Plan to attend the La Veta Parks, Open Space and Trail Master Plan second public meeting Thursday, Feb. 27, 4-6 p.m. at the La Veta Community Center at 131 E. Ryus Avenue. Your input is extremely valuable! This will be your opportunity to weigh in on several park concepts that will eventually help form the final Master Plan concepts. The Master Planning effort held its first public meeting in November 2019. Since then, the consultant team has been working on compiling all of the information received from your comments into a series of parks concept alter- natives and trail alignments. Coffee, water and light snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Marilyn Russell at (719) 890-4071, or russellm9999@gmail.com


Voices of the Past

GARDNER — Gardner School students will present their “Voices of the Past” projects tonight, Thursday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. at Gardner School. The public is invited to this annual program.


Movie encore “Tread” at the Fox

WALSENBURG — Pushed to his breaking point, a master welder in a small town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains quietly fortifies a bulldozer with 30 tons of concrete and steel and seeks to destroy those he believes have wronged him. “Tread”, a film by Paul Solet, premieres Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.. This film is produced by Doug Liman, the director of “The Bourne Identity”, “Edge of Tomorrow”, and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”.

“Tread” was nominated for Best Documentary at the SXSW 2019 Festival. Tickets are $10. TREAD explores the polarizing perspectives on this man, his motives, and what drove him to the breaking point.
Trailer: https://youtu.be/yb1hQfo4nFY Thursday, February 27, 7:00 PM: Movie Premiere of TREAD at the Fox Theatre Walsenburg


Open Mic at LV Mercantile

LA VETA — Comedy, poetry, singing, acting, or your chance at getting on your soapbox for a few minutes is what open mic night is all about. The next open mic will be Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.. Reserve your space soon, be- cause this is a favorite event. Open mic is a free event hosted by world famous blues musician Ken Saydak. Contact the Mercantile to reserve your space: 719-742-3387.


Kathy Hill watercolor classes

LA VETA — Explore the color wheel while learning to paint with watercolors. Kathy Hill is offering watercolor classes on Fridays, 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.


Meet the candidate- David Tesitor

WALSENBURG — Join David Tesitor, candidate for Huerfano County Commissioner, District 2 for dinner, Friday, February 28, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Walsenburg Housing Authority, 220 Russell. If you have not yet met David, he is anxious to meet you and hear your opinions on how we can make Huerfano County the best it can be; a place where industry thrives, taxes are used wisely and well, and diversity of ideas is welcomed. Get to know his plans, talk about your hopes for the county, and enjoy a meal on David! Contact David at cam- paign@electdavidtesitor.com Call or text him at 303-917-3862.

Eric Elison at the 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 re- tired 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 advance or $18 day of show. For more information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1731435 67262031/


Love, Honor and Roses

WALSENBURG – The February Community dinner at the United Church of Walsenburg will be held Saturday, Feb. 29, 5 p.m. at the United Church, 108 Kansas Avenue. Please use south side ramp door. The theme is Love, Honor and Roses. We will celebrate the month of Love and honor our presidents with roses. The menu will be pasta with marinara sauce, salad, bread sticks, red velvet cake, and raspberry sherbert. We will have red punch, water and coffee and will be entertained with live music.


HealthCare Foundation’s wine tasting

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks HealthCare Foundation’s 2020 Wine Tasting Event will be held Saturday, Feb. 29, 7 to 10 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center, 23500 US Highway 160.

The event features Hors D’oeuvres by Alys’ Restaurant, Wine auction to follow Wine Tasting Event. All funds support the Charitable and Educational Mission of the Spanish Peaks HealthCare Foundation and are Tax De- ductible.

Wine Sommeliers are Ed Donovan, Shan- non Speaks, and Ann Altimier. Tickets are $50 per person. Contact Lynette Omer for more information and for tickets at 719-738-5144.


Benefit breakfast at Eagles Hall

WALSENBURG — Eagles #1187 is hosting a community breakfast Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 614 Main Street. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, and juice. The cost is $5 per adult and $2.50 for children. All proceeds go to the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1187 Scholarship fund.


Meet the candidate-Arica Andreatta

WALSENBURG — Arica Andreatta, candidate for County Commissioner, District 2 invites the public to two meet and greets: Sunday, March 1, 4:30 p.m. at Rollin Smoke Garage BBQ and Friday, March 6, 5 p.m. at Crafty Ca- nary Brewery.


Girls On The Run spring season

WALSENBURG — This is an excellent way for your young girl(s), 3rd – 5th grade, to improve her physical running, en- durance and speed, as well as build character, team spirit, and community pride. Girls on the Run is a $200 program for most participating girls within our state. Due to a generous grant program, our girls in Huerfano County will be participating free of charge! They will receive a team t-shirt and entry into the district 5K race in May, plus transportation for the team, coaches and parents/guardians who wish to come along on race day.

The first session and registration deadline is Monday, March 2, and meets 2 times a week, Monday and Wednesday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Huerfano County Rec Center (Washington School). The program is for 10 weeks. The coaches are Rhonda Thibault-Lloyd, Jean Renzelman, and Desiree Dalla-Guardia. Parents or Guardians, please call the Huerfano County Recreation Center (HCRC), 719-738-4875. This is a great opportunity for our youth. Please don’t miss out. Call today to register. It is free.


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 adding 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.


Two Peaks yoga class location change

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


Youth/adult boxing 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.


Farmers Market meeting

LA VETA —The next meeting of the La Veta Farmers Market Association will be Wednesday, March 4, 1-3 p.m., on the second floor of the La Veta library. The meeting is open to anyone, old & new vendors & those of you that are just curious.


Huerfano Historical Society meeting

LA VETA — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be held Wednesday, March 4, 4 p.m. in the Capps Building at Francisco Fort. All members, guests and the public are cordially invited to attend.


HCCC luncheon

WALSENBURG — The monthly Huerfano County Communication Coalition luncheon will be held, Thursday, March 5, 12 p.m. at the Ambulance building meeting room, 326 Main Street. Find out what great things are happening in our community this year and share what your group is planning for 2020. The lunch is free. Anyone is welcome to attend if you are interested.


The Two Peaks/One Book at LVPL

LA VETA — The Two Peaks /One Book series continues at the La Veta Public Library Thursday, March 5, 2 p.m. with an informal, moderated book discussion of our featured novel,”A Gentleman in Moscow”, by Amor Towles. Our theme this year is civility and Towles lovely book fits perfectly. This beautifully written story of a 30 year old count who, in 1922, was sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across from the Kremlin for 30 years. It is rich in culture, history, humor, intrigue and self discovery all within the confines of the famous Metropol Hotel. Whether or not you have read the book, come and join us for a lively discussion. Brought to you with free refreshments by the Friends of LaVeta Library.


Call for artist: Art Gone Wild show

TRINIDAD — Artwork for the Spring Break-Art Gone Wild show will be accepted Thursday, March 5 and Saturday, March 7, between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.. This show is open to all artists and media with the usual fees and limitations.


Huerfano Soup at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The next Huerfano Soup at the La Veta Mercantile, sponsored by Bachman & Associates will be held Thursday, March 5, 6 pm. One dish + one vote + one passionate community = Huerfano Soup.

Huerfano Soup is a monthly community-based potluck where participants, through this micro-granting dinner, assist a variety of projects in Huerfano County. A potluck item and a $5 donation makes you eligible to vote on the evening’s presentations. As a diner, you will hear three five-minute pitches from community members who need funding for projects that are beneficial to the community. Enjoy the best $5 dinner in town with your friends, then choose the winning proposal to receive the evenings donations. Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/614545872448929/


Childhood development screenings

WALSENBURG — Attend a no cost screening day for children 0-5 years old Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Peak- view Elementary School, 375 W Pine Street. Screenings include vision, hearing, dental, developmental, social emo- tional, and lead levels. For more information call 719-845-0463


Chili chefs wanted!

LA VETA — Calling all Huerfano County Chili Chefs! The Oktoberfest committee is holding their annual chili cook-off and post Mardi-Gras celebration on Saturday, March 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mission Deli (formerly Sammie’s). We are looking for some of our great cooks to help us with this worthwhile fundraiser. The entry fee is only $10 for red or green chili. Mardi Gras category for gumbo, white chili, Jambalaya, etc. Call Wendy at 719-742-3288 to sign up or pick up an application at La Veta Library and start perfecting your recipe! We are also looking for silent auction items!!


History Happenings: Huerfanos and the Civil War

LA VETA — Please join the Huerfano County Historical Society at their History Happenings Sunday Salon Series Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m. at the LaVeta Library. Sandy White, a West Pointer and long-time student of Civil War and Huerfano County history, will be discussing the role of soldiers from our area in the Civil War. This will be a whirlwind review of the connections between Fort Garland, the Civil War in the West, and Huerfano County. We will include such diverse characters as one of the county’s first county commissioners, an incorporator of Walsenburg, and the man behind Francisco Fort – not to mention the site of the Espinosa gangs’ beheadings. Should be a good presentation! Co-sponsored by La Veta Library and the Historical Society. Donations appreciated.


Full Moon Howl and Growl

CUCHARA — The February Full Moon Howl and Growl will be held Sunday, March 8, 5 p.m. at Cuchara Mountain Park. The Howl and Growl is co-sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Alpine Alliance and Cuchara Mountain Park. Bring a dish and a drink to the potluck along with your snowshoes or XC Skiis. Or just hang out in our Day Lodge (aka the Night Lodge) by the fire. Moon lore and more are on the agenda!


February Care ‘n Share

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


Huerfano Republicans meeting

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Republican Committee will meet Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m. at the Huerfano County Republican Headquarters, 511 Main St. in Walsenburg, for its monthly meeting.

The meeting’s special guest speaker will be Steve Sheldon, the Regional Development Manager for Judicial Watch. He is also a writer for Townhall.com and an expert on firearms and personal protection. Come a half-hour early at 5:30 for an informal meet-and-greet.


HighTime at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Straight from the heart of Connemara, on the West Coast of Ireland, the extremely talented HighTime will inspire you with their intriguing blend of Irish music and modern folk influences, as they produce a rich and unique sound, and an electric energy on stage. This energetic band will perform Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m. at La Veta Mercantile. There is no doubt that HighTime’s vibrant music and energy- fueled live performances will leave you enthralled, refreshed and with a piece of Ireland in your hearts. As a fundraiser for the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, the con- cert will be paired with a traditional Irish banquet. Tickets for dinner and concert are $45 and are on sale now. Dinner will begin promptly at 5 pm and end at 6:30 pm. Seating for dinner and concert is limited to 75, so get your tickets early! Concert (only) tickets go on sale March 1st – $20 in advance; $23 day of show. Please call the Mercantile (719) 742-3387, stop by 300 S. Main St, La Veta 81055, or RSVP with Roni at (303) 845-0776 vpezoa@icloud.com. Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/998527837177925/


Opening reception for “Spring Break: Art Gone Wild” at SPACe

LA VETA — The opening of “Spring Break—Art Gone Wild” will be Saturday, March 14, 5-7 p.m. at the SPACe Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus. Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee. Sales of artwork benefits the artists and SPACe. The Gift Shop and Gallery is open Tues. & Thurs., 11 – 2 and Saturdays 10 – 3. Call 719 742-3074 for information or visit the SPACe website–www.spanishpeaksarts.org.


La Veta Creative District logo contest deadline extended

LA VETA — The La Veta Creative District is looking for a visual identity in the form of a logo design. Designs for the logo may be submitted through Friday, March 27 to Kenny Schneider by email at kenetics@centurytel.net. Submissions will be judged by the LVCD staff and the winning designer’s logo will appear on printed materials, social media, and other items, such as T-shirts.

The winning logo will promote the mission of the LVCD, which is “To inspire and cultivate our diverse rural community through the development of the arts and creative industries”. Any colors may be used, however, it should also look good in black & white. For more information contact Kenny.

To keep up to date on events and activities related to the La Veta Creative District, visit the Facebook page “The La Veta Creative District.”



Business Watch meeting

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Police Department will host a Business Watch Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. at the Police Department, 160 E. 1st Street.


Las Animas County Writing Contest

TRINIDAD — Wanted, all K-12 students to participate in the Las Animas County Writing Contest. This contest is open to all themes and genres; fiction, poetry, and creative essays. Students will compete in 4 grade groups: K-2/3-5/6-8/9-12. There will be 8 first place winners, two from each group receive cash prizes. 2nd and 3rd place winners, from each group also receive cash prizes. All entries will be available as a book. A limited number will be for sale at the awards ceremony.

Submission must be original and may include artwork. All work must be submitted by Friday, April 3. For more information call or email Dustin Hyman: 719-846-5709; dustin.hyman@trinidadstate.edu

Visit trinidadstate.edu/creative-writing to submit your entry. The writing contest awards ceremony will be Thursday, April 30, at Trinidad State Campus, Massari Theater, 5:30 p.m.


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 siblings)

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


Polar Plunge for Colo. Special Olympics

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Parks and Recreation Advisory Board with the help of the Trinidad Police Department are hosting a “Polar Plunge” Saturday, Feb. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trini- dad Lake State Park- South boat ramp. Event registration begins at 11 a.m., the Plunge is from 12 to 2 p.m.. The Polar Plunge fund- raiser is for Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) and allows individuals, organizations and businesses to show support and raise money for Special Olympic athletes by jumping into Trinidad Lake’s cold water so invite every polar bear you know.

Registration is $75 fee- which can be raised through pledges. Pledge sheets available at TPD front desk; $7 State Park entry fee per car, unless you have a Park Pass All Proceeds go to Special Olympics of Southern Colorado
For more information contact: Linda Lamden 719-846-1511, or Peggy Westmoreland 719-680-0628


2nd Annual Chilingo

TRINIDAD — The Chili cook-off and bingo in one event fund- raiser 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


Neighborhood Watch meeting

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Police Department will host a Neighborhood Watch meeting Saturday, Feb. 29 6 p.m. at the Trini- dad Police Dept, 160 E. 1st Street. This meeting is to inform community members of the Neighborhood Watch! program.


ArtoCade Trash n’ Fashion show

TRINIDAD — “Trash-N-Fashion” is happening at Art Cartopia Museum, 2702 Freedom Rd., Saturday, Feb. 29, 7 to 10 p.m.. So it’s time to get creative and start working on your recycle/re-purpose outfit extraordinaire! There are a couple of inspiring ideas to get the juices flowing at this link: – https://www.artcartopia.com/events-1/trash-n-fashion-show *Be sure to click through the images to see the flyer and “rules page.” Tickets are ONLY $5 for designers/artists and/or spectators. It’s party time! You’ve got plenty of time to get creative and get trashy!


Classic Country at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — This Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 to 12 a.m. Classic Country band will perform at Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 County Road 41 6 for a $5 cover charge.

Spanish Peaks Inn offers live music, drinks, and dancing on most weekends. Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6, west of Aguilar, also offers Tai Chi, QI Gong and mindfulness every Monday at 2 p.m.; and line dancing every Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m.. Don’t forget Taco Tuesday and Friday night specials. For more information call 719-941-4288.


Hometown Pride Photo Contest

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


Tai Chi beginner class

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


Sante Fe Trail 200 Anniversary planning meeting

TRINIDAD — The next meeting of the Sante Fe Trail 200 Anniversary Planning Meeting will be held Monday, March 2, 11 a.m. at AR Mitchell Museum. Bring your ideas and a sack lunch, beverages and desert will be provided, Please RSVP to Marty.Hackett@trinidad.co.gov or 719-846-9512.


Canvas & Conversation

TRINIDAD —Need a little time to relax and be creative? Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue, hosts Canvas & Conversation the first Monday of every month! Join us on Monday, March 2, 6 – 8 p.m. to paint and socialize. The cost for the class is $25 per person which includes art supplies, snacks, glass of wine and wonderful conversation! Call 719-845-4894 to sign up. Limited to 20 spots so don’t wait!


Homebuyers class

TRINIDAD — Total Concept will be offering a home-buyer education class Tuesday, March 3, 9 am. This is a free class that will go over all basic fist time home-buyer questions you may have. This class meets lender requirements for home-buyer education and you will receive a certificate of completion for attending the class. To register please call Today! (719) 263-5168


Stress Management

TRINIDAD — Learn to manage your stress and become more mindful with various techniques in this class beginning Tuesday, March 3, 5:15 to 6 p.m. in The Mezzanine at Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center, 911 Robison Avenue. The class will run every Tuesday through March.


FREE Car Seat Safety Check

TRINIDAD — FACT: 9 out of 10 car seats are used incorrectly! Could yours be one?
✓ Most car seats over 6 years old should not be used.
✓ Is your car seat on the recall list?

✓ Do you know Colorado’s child passenger safety law? All children must be in an age/weight appropriate car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old.
✓ Learn how to install your child’s car seat properly.

Please join us for a free car seat check up event. National Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available Wednesday, March 4, 8:30 to 10 a.m. at SCCOG Early Learning Center, 1225 Rosita Avenue. For more information, call: (719)845-0463 or (719) 845-0568


Call for artists: Green Show

TRINIDAD — The Corazon Gallery will be accepting artwork in all mediums for The Green Show Wednesday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Corazon Gallery at 149 E. Main Street. A reception for The Green Show will be held on March 6, 5 to 7 p.m.


Network Council meeting

TRINIDAD — Come share what’s going on with your organization and hear what everyone else is doing at the next Net- work Council meeting, Thursday, March 5, 8 am at the 2nd floor Community Room of the First National Bank Galleria building. Network Council meetings are where we discuss upcoming ideas, activities and community excitement. Come be part of the network!


Chronic pain self management classes

TRINIDAD — Learn techniques for managing fatigue, frustration, poor sleep and isolation in these classes beginning Thursday, March 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mt Carmel Health, Wellness, & Community Center. Learn about tools for man- aging pain and tracking improvements. Learn exercises for improving strength, flexibility and balance. Learn how to manage medications. Learn how to effectively communicate with healthcare providers, family and friends. PLUS! On Saturday 4/18 Learn to make healthy food choices and prepare meals for managing inflammation and optimizing nutrition. Call 719-845-4894 for more information or to sign-up!


Adult Reading Program: Art of reading aloud

TRINIDAD — Learn the art of reading out loud to a family member, friend, or group. Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m. at The Carnegie Public Library. Audio books are fine, but nothing beats hearing it live, from a human. https://www.carnegie- publiclibrary.org/


Kiwanis Club of Trinidad dinner

TRINIDAD — The Kiwanis Club of Trinidad will have a dinner Thursday, March 5, 5:30 – 7: 30 p.m. at Trinidad Smoke- house, 500 East Elm Street. We are proud to announce that our guest speaker for next month’s meeting will be Anita Flores, the new Executive Director of The Trinidad Community Foundation! This Foundation has initiated a youth-led committee called JrCOMM. She will be joined by JrCOMM’s Director, Ruben Fernandez Jr., and co-Directors Joe Ross IV and Alea Rocha. Please RSVP and get more information at: trinidadkiwanis.org We welcome new interested members!


Book Readers Rock!

TRINIDAD — Join us Friday, March 6 , 1:30 to 3 p.m. for Book Readers Rock! at Carnegie Public Library. Book Readers Rock! is a book club for 6th through 10th graders! New members are welcome! Title to be announced. Library will provide copies of book.


Childhood development screenings

TRINIDAD — Attend a no cost screening day for children 0- 5 years old Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SCCOG Early Learning Center, 1225 Rosita Avenue. Screenings include vi- sion, hearing, dental, developmental, social emotional, and lead levels. For more information call 719-845-0463.


Green Show reception

TRINIDAD — The Corazon Gallery, 149 E Main St #1, will host a reception for the Green Show, Friday, March 6, 5 – 7 p.m.. The show will run through April 19.


Free diabetes self-management work- shop

TRINIDAD — This class will be held Friday, March 6, 2 to 4 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center. The class is hosted by Mt. San Rafael Hospital and Mt. Carmel.
Join the class today & learn about:

+Healthy eating
+Being active
+Monitoring your blood sugar +Taking medications +Problem solving
+Healthy coping
+Reducing your health risks

DSME is a group of services to help people with diabetes improve their health. SDME increases the knowledge and skills needed for diabetes self-care.
– Healthcare team to help you manage your diabetes
– Create a plan just for you with the tools and support you need
– Group and individual education sessions
Call Elizabeth Trammell at 719-846-2213 to register!


4-H Bake Sale

TRINIDAD — The Red Rocks 4-H will hold a bake sale Sun- day, March 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Big R.


Mt. Carmel Wellness Expo

TRINIDAD — DATE CHANGE! The Wellness Expo will be held Sunday, March 8,10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wellness Expo, Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center, 911 Robinson. Come out to a free community event to learn about wellness opportunities in Trinidad. Talk to local wellness experts, attend workshops, enroll in classes, browse vendor booths. For more information call 719-845-4800. FREE admission, free food, attend workshops, wellness experts, vendor booths, en- roll in classes, 719-845-4894


Philosophy club at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — A program for those who enjoy discussing philosophy. Do you like philosophizing with others about timeless questions? Join us for a monthly facilitated conversation. The next Philosophy club will be Monday, March 9, 5 to 6 p.m.. We will start with a brief introduction about an idea from the tradition of philosophy and a few questions to explore. Every- one is welcome to this free club!


Free legal help at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — Get free legal help Tuesday, March 10, from 3 to 4 pm at the Carnegie library. Participants must sign up in advance to talk with an attorney about civil matters (no criminal cases, please) via video chat. Sign up anytime at the library, or call in to get your name on the list (719-846-6841). No restriction on income level.


Decorative paper eggs

TRINIDAD — This fun, free, and family friendly event will be held Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Banta Building, TSJC, 600 Prospect Street.

Decorate and cover plastic eggs using bright, colorful materials. These lovely eggs make a joyful addition to an Easter centerpiece. Due to space constraints, class is limited to the first 20 people. RSVP soon! 719-846-4416.


Alzheimer and dementia meeting

TRINIDAD —Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia in- formational meeting will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2 to 3 p.m. at Mt. San Rafael Hospital, 410 Benedicta.


Mt. Carmel Wellness Wednesdays

TRINIDAD — Wellness Wednesday at Mt. Carmel meets each second Wednesday of the month. This is a free class! This month’s meeting is Wednesday, March 11, 5 to 6 p.m.. This month, the topic will be “Is Your Mind Full or Are You Mindful?” For more info call 719-845-4894 or stop by Mt. Carmel Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue.


Nostalgic Movie Night “Barry Lyndon” part 1 (rescheduled)

TRINIDAD — Because of the snow storm, only two, truly dedicated film-lovers came to see Barry Lyndon part 1 last week. This is such an outstanding film the library has rescheduled “Barry Lyndon, part 1” for Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Carnegie Library, 202 N. Animas. Free popcorn with real butter and the finest sea salt, as always Part 2 will be shown Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.


Free health screening at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Come to the library’s front desk, 202 N. Animas, to sign up for a time slot for your free health screening Thursday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up soon—there are only 13 slots available. Tests include cholesterol panel, Hemoglobin A1c, blood pressure and pre-diabetes screening. Plan on 15 minutes of testing.


Hunter education class at Prator

TRINIDAD — There will be a Hunter Education class Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29 at the Prator Range. Students will need to register on line. @my.register-ed.com. or google Colorado hunter education Classes.



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.


6 o’clock Movie Night

RATON — The next 6 O’Clock movie night is tonight, Thursday, February 27, 6 to 8 p.m. at Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Cook Avenue. The free movie is “Just Getting Started” stars Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rene Russo. Morgan Freeman is the freewheeling manager of a re- sort community whose life is upended by the arrival of Tommy Lee Jones and Renee Russo. (Comedy, rated PG-13) The movie will begin at 6 p.m.. For more information call 575-445-9711.


Colfax Rapid Response meeting

RATON — Colfax County Rapid Response is a volunteer fire- fighting community based organization. Our next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Court- house, 230 North 3rd Street.

Currently we engage in Wild land and Structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Colfax County Courthouse at 7 p.m.. We are constantly looking for new volunteers.


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 28. All writers welcome.


Raton Ministerial Alliance food distribution

RATON — The next food distribution will be Friday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. until supplies are gone, everyone is welcome. at City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street.


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 blankets and comforters. For more info, contact Patricia Duran at 505- 652-0796.


Regular meeting of the Colfax County Democrats

RATON — There will be the regular meeting for Colfax County Democrats Saturday, Feb. 29, 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Colfax County Building on 3rd Street. We will be swearing in of officers and giving recognition of appointees. There will also be a report on the candidate conference held the week before.


“The Emperor’s New Clothes” children’s production at the Shuler

RATON — “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, a production of Missoula Children’s Theatre, will take place Saturday, February 29, 3:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. at the Shuler Theater, 131 N 2nd Street. These performances are brought to you by the Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts. For more information call 575-445-746.


Chocolate Fest at Maxwell Municipal Schools

MAXWELL — The Maxwell Junior Class presents another delectable chocolate fest Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m. at the Maxwell High School Auditorium. All you can eat for $7 per person, or come by to pick up a take-out box for $5. Come join us!


Comedian Kenny Ahern at the Shuler

RATON — Kids & adults love the comedy Kenny Ahern brings to life on stage! Bring the family out Friday, March 6, 7 p.m. to the Shuler Theater, 131 N. 2nd Street.

Kenny Ahern has toured the planet to rave reviews! His shows are filled with AMAZING comedy antics, HILARIOUS physical comedy and FUN audience play! Adults love him. Kids love him. YOU will love him!


Los Lobos at the Shuler

RATON — The Mexican-American band Los Lobos will perform Thursday, March 12, 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Shuler Theater, 131 N. 2nd Street. Los Lobos has sold millions of records, won prestigious awards and made fans around the world. But per- haps its most lasting impact will be how well its music em- bodies the idea of America as a cultural melting pot. In it, styles like son jarocho, norteño, Tejano, folk, country, doo-wop, soul, R&B, rock ’n’ roll and punk all come together to create a new sound that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

Get tickets: https://myboxoffice.us/program/los-lobos-1497


Census 2020 is important to N.M.!

COLFAX COUNTY — The census is easy. The questions are simple. Your responses are secure! Why does the 2020 Census matter to New Mexico? New Mexico receives $8,692 per resident in federal funding. Did you know, just a 1% undercount in New Mexico means a loss of $780 million dollars over the next ten years?

The more you know…Census Bureau staff are sworn for life to protect confidentiality and are subject to $250,000 fine and/or up to five years in federal prison for wrongful disclosure of information.

How do I participate? You can take the census online starting Thursday, March 12, by phone, or by mail. For more information, visit 2020census.gov from your personal phone, computer or public library.

Spread the word: Answer the Census—it only takes 10 minutes to help New Mexico.


Nominations sought for Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, are seeking nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The annual Governor’s Arts Awards are New Mexico’s highest and most prestigious artistic honors and are intended to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the arts. Nominations may be submitted by individual state residents or representatives of businesses or organizations in New Mexico. Self-nominations are discouraged.

Nominations for the awards may include individual liv- ing New Mexican artists working in any discipline who have demonstrated outstanding achievement; individuals who have consistently made significant or distinguished contributions to the arts in New Mexico; and businesses, nonprofits or foundations with sustained involvement in and support for the arts. Throughout its existence, a diverse and prestigious list of painters, weavers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, storytellers, poets, actors, playwrights, and potters have been honored. Since 1974, over 300 artists and arts supporters have received this coveted award. The awards are a collaboration of New Mexico Arts, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, and other partners.

Nominations must be received by Friday, April 3. They may be mailed or hand-delivered to New Mexico Arts, Suite 270, 407 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501. Nomination forms are available online at http://nmarts.org/governors-arts- awards/ or contact New Mexico Arts at 505-827-6490, 800- 879-4278 (statewide), or email michelle.laflamme-c@state.nm.us. The events for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are scheduled for September 2020 in Santa Fe.


Out of this World

Free ‘Ice Fishing 101’ class to be hosted by CPW in Pueblo

PUEBLO — Ever wanted to learn how to ice fish? Now is your chance as Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts a free “Ice Fishing 101” class on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 28-29.

The class will be split into two parts. The first day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, will be classroom instruction by District Wildlife Officer Mike Brown at the Hunter Education Building at the CPW Area 11 office, 2600 W. Mesa Ave. in Pueblo, 81004.

Brown will cover fishing laws and regulations, necessary safety and fishing equipment, in addition to ice fishing techniques and strategies.

At 8 a.m. on Saturday, the class will convene at Lake Isabel, west of Rye, to practice on ice the skills class members learned Friday. All fishing equipment will be provided by CPW. Clinic participants need to buy a fishing license and pro- vide their own transportation to Lake Isabel.

Participants should bring a lunch and writing materials/notebooks for the classroom portion of the clinic. Those who travel to Rye should dress in multiple layers and have a good, warm, waterproof outer layer with waterproof boots. It is recommended that participants wear ice cleats/spikes over their shoes or boots to prevent slipping and falling on the ice.

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