Upcoming Events for week of June 11, 2020


Celebrate Flag Day Fly your flag June 14

OUR WORLD — In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on Sunday, June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Fly your flags!


Virtual summer family evening programs

OUR WORLD — Pajarito Environmental Education Center of Los Alamos, NM presents Summer Family Evenings via Zoom every Wednesday in June and July (except July 1). These events will start at 6 p.m. and provide virtual fun for the whole family.

Normally, Summer Family Evenings are free for PEEC members and $5 per family for non-members. Virtual Summer Family Evenings are free for everyone! If you are able, please consider a gift to help PEEC continue

providing programming like this. Look for the optional donation box as you complete your registration.

Check out our schedule of upcoming Summer Family Evenings:
June 17: Classic Air Medical
June 24: Assistance Dogs of the West

July 8: Explora Science Museum
July 15: New Mexico House Rabbit Society July 22: Mesa Public Library
July 29: Harrell House of Natural Oddities

Thank you to Del Norte Credit Union for sponsoring Summer Family Evenings in 2020! Register now through PEEC’s website! You will receive an email with a link and pass- word that you’ll need to join the broadcast. Please check your spam or junk folder for this important email. We will be using the online platform called Zoom. You don’t need to create an account, but you will need the free Zoom app. The Zoom invitation will provide simple instructions for downloading the app and joining the Livestream.
The admission is free. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peecnature/


Free self-paced tutorials through TSJC online

OUR WORLD — TSJC is offering some non- credit Continuing/Community Ed classes through Ed2Go (Cengage). The link to the website to sign up is: https://www.ed2go.com/tsjc/SearchResults.aspx?SearchTerms=free

The classes are all self-paced, tutorial- type and the following courses are available at no charge if people enroll by Tuesday, June 30.
• Creating Web Pages
• Creating WordPress Websites
• Fundamentals of Supervision and Management • Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search
• Keys to Effective Communication
• Managing Customer Service
• Marketing Your Business on the Internet
• Personal Finance
• Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring
• Individual Excellence


Mental Health Colorado initiative “In This Together”

DENVER — This is undoubtedly one of the most stressful times imaginable for many. This pandemic drives the message home that our physical health and our mental health are not separate. To combat feelings of loneliness, iso- lation, and stress, and to get through this pandemic with healthier minds, Mental Health Colorado started “In This Together” as a way to connect people with people—and just to chat. People can sign up on Mental Health Colorado’s website and they will receive a friendly, supportive call just for the therapeutic sake of old-fashioned conversation.

In This Together is for everyone—from older adults living alone or people who just recovered from a surgery, to young people living in remote parts of the state or new parents trying to put workable routines in place. When people listen to and support each other, they feel and do better managing their way through challenges and have a better feeling for what it means to be strong and united as a community.

The purpose of In This Together is to provide social connectedness by phone, not to provide mental health services. Those who are more seriously concerned about their own mental health should call the Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.

To sign up for the online service, visit mentalhealthcolorado.org/in-this-together.


Learn to Hunt webinars

OUR WORLD — Interested in learning how to hunt but not sure where to start? Know someone who might benefit from some hunt- ing tips and tricks? We’re here to help with our upcoming Learn to Hunt webinar series, Thursday nights at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Hunt Mentors and Hunt Community – June 11 – A challenge to new hunters, or hunters new to Colorado, is finding people to hunt with. We will discuss opportunities to find mentors and fellow hunters. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YmIc LtFsRLmFUg9sh5AtLQ



Huerfano RE-1 hunger relief box distribution today

WALSENBURG — In collaboration with The Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund, Huerfano RE-1 will be handing out fresh fruits, vegetables and other food items over the next several weeks for families and residents of our community. Our second event will take place at Peakview and Gardner locations today, Thursday June 11, 11 a.m. to 12 noon. (Thursday, June 25 will be the next distribution.)

This will be a drive up process similar to the school sack lunch pick up. For Walsenburg, we will have signs guiding traffic around the back of John Mall High School, through the alley between John Mall and Peakview. For Gardner, the time is the same 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., and will distribute from the parking lot of the school. Please do not arrive or line up before 10:45 am. There will be a limit of 1 box per household while supplies remain.

We ask for your help by returning any boxes and empty egg cartons we hand out so that we can reuse them for making future food boxes. Please email Tara Burke at tburke@huerfano.k12.co.us if you need additional details.


La Veta Schools food box distribution

LA VETA — The La Veta Schools will be dis- tributing food boxes through the summer. If you are not already signed up and have a child or children ages 0-18 and need a food box, please contact the central office. 710-742-6417.


La Veta Farmers Market today

LA VETA — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations may be in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details as the opening date gets closer!


Two Peaks Fitness reopens

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness reopened its fitness facility last week, with normal hours (5 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week). The health department asks that customers wear a face covering when physically possible. Customers are aked to maintain social distancing and wipe down equipment after use. No one should work out if they have a fever. Rest- rooms and equipment will be sanitized regularly.


Dorcas Circle now open

WALSENBURG — The food pantry at Dorcas reopened on Tuesday, May 26, 10 a.m.. Food distribution days will be Tuesday and Thursday, as usual. Please pull your car in front of the thrift store, we will ask for your infor- mation there, after we get your information we will ask you to pull forward, our staff will load your car for you.

The thrift store is open now and will run normal hours every Tuesday and Thursday through the month. Shoppers will be required to wear a mask for entry, and we will be limiting entry to four customers at a time. God bless, and we look forward to seeing all of you.


Invitation to enter Western Art Exhibit

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta extends an invitation to artists working in all media, except photography, to enter the upcoming Western Rendezvous Art Exhibition. Artwork may be submitted Thurs- day, June 11, Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, in person, between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the SPACe Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus.

Face coverings are required and social distancing will be enforced, allowing only 4 people at once in the gallery. Accepted art- work will be judged for cash awards by accomplished Alamosa plein air painter, Coni Grant. Artists may enter 1, 2, or 3 pieces, with at least one piece being accepted for the show. Artwork may reflect native American or ranching culture, western wildlife, livestock, pioneers, western scenery and structures as well as past and current cultures characteristic of the Rocky Mountain West. NO PHOTOGRAPHY. All other media accepted. Digitally created art not based on a photo or other art is acceptable. NO GICLEE PRINTS. All artwork must be for sale. For more information visit the SPACe website: www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719 742- 3074 Tues, Thurs., Friday, or Sat. between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


New Hope Church yard sale

WALSENBURG — New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, 801 Pennsylvania, will have a yard sale to support missionary and relief efforts will be held on the church property Friday and Saturday June 12 -13th.

New Hope Community Church has resumed safe, inside worship, each Sunday, 10 a.m..


Gardner Farmers Market 10th Season

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Due to virus, we ask:
1. Please wear masks, or please follow current County/State guidelines
2. Maintain 6 feet separation from customers and vendors
3. Hand sanitizer will be available to sanitize your hands.
4. Please point to items you want to purchase and the vendor will package your items.
5. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner 1/2 Price Programs:
1. Vegetable 1/2 Price Program: Fresh Vegetables and Items that are primarily made of Vegetable are 1/2 Price if you are Low Income.
2. Duane Martin 1/2 Price Protein Program: Meat, Eggs, Cheese and any Item primarily made with Protein is 1/2 Price if you are Low Income.
* Thanks to supporters, Shii Koeii Farm was able to raise money to fund these programs for 2020!

For more information: Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247- 9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com


Cuchara Chapel on line services

CUCHARA — This summer please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, June 14 join us as Rev. Clayton Oliphint gives the message -”Finding our Balance”. Special music provided by Tom Munch.


Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market this Sunday

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all. Find more information on Facebook


Volunteers needed for La Veta Information Center

LA VETA — The La Veta Cuchara Chamber of Commerce (LVCCC) and the La Veta Creative District (LVCD) are working with the La Veta Town Trustees to establish an information center at the Train Depot in La Veta. LVCCC and LVCD are preparing to have an MOU (memo of understanding) in place and the building sparkling and ready to host visitors by Monday, June 15. We are looking for volunteers who would like to greet tourists and visitors, supply local information such as maps, lists of restaurants, shopping, campgrounds, B&B’s, recreational areas–as well as light cleaning and watering of the flowers. Volunteers will have access to Wi-Fi, training will be provided and COVID-19 health guidelines will be in place. 4 and 8 hour shifts available. Come share your knowledge and love of the community and lend a much needed helping hand!

Email inquiries to: info@lavetacucharachamber.com


Huerfano County Democratic meeting

HUERFANO — The next virtual meeting of the Huerfano County Democratic Party Central Committee will be held Thursday, June 18, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Email Dale Lyons, dalelyons100@gmail.com, to get log in information. Let’s all get involved in the democratic process this year! Many opportunities for non-contact volunteer activities will be discussed at the meeting. See you there.

Our mission as Huerfano County Democrats is for every citizen in Huerfano County to be informed, engaged, and voting. Let us renew our resolve to meet the challenges of our age together.


Summer adult art workshops at SPACe

LA VETA — SPACe will have adult workshops this summer with a maximum 6 students per workshop since we will en- force social distancing. Face coverings are required and social distancing will be practiced for all workshops. Sign up soon to reserve your space.

Plein Air Painting Workshop with Coni Grant offered by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, 132 W. Ryus will be held Saturday, June 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. This outdoor workshop is about design, composition, and methods that help painters be more confident. Whether painting en plein air, or in the studio, the principles taught in this workshop apply to whatever medium you are using, and benefit painters at all levels. Alamosa artist Grant has a BFA in Graphic Design and an MA in Painting with over 20 years of teaching experience that includes the university setting. Learn more at www.ConiGrant.com. The cost of the workshop is $75. Bring your own materials. Call SPACe 719 742-3074 or email: spanishpeaksarts@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Introduction to Scratch-Art with Kathy Hill offered by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, 132 W. Ryus will be held Tues- day, June 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. Learn an exciting new way to create art! Scratch-art is like drawing, but in reverse, engraving white lines on a black background. The workshop is an introduction to using the materials and techniques used for scratch-art. The fee is $35 plus $10 for materials, which includes a 5″ x 7″ Ampersand Scratchboard and tools needed for the class. Ages 14 and up. Limited class size, with social distancing enforced. Sign up at SPACe, call 719 742-3074, or email spa- nishpeaksarts@gmail.com.

Painting in the Studio with Kim Mackey will be offered Saturday, June 27, 9 am – 4 pm. at Spanish Peaks Arts Council, 132 W. Ryus. Develop your imagination and technique, focusing on the academic principles of color, design, value and draftsmanship, while working from still life and photos. Individual instruction, a demonstration by Mackey, and a group critique are all included in the workshop. Kim Mackey is considered by critics to be one of the best western artists working today. The Denver Post has called him “the master of this genre”. The fee is $75, provide your own materials. Materials list is available. Call SPACe 719 742-3074 or email spanishpeak- sarts@gmail.com to register or for more information.


Huerfano 4-H Fair Covid 19 plans

HUERFANO COUNTY — Due to coronavirus restrictions, there will be no “open class” entries at the Huerfano County 4- H Fair this year. The fair is slated for August 5 – 9.

The fair board is in the process of planning the revised county fair. Further details concerning whether the fair will be open to the public and other details will be published when they are finalized.

For questions, please call the Huerfano County Extension office at 719-738-3000, ext. 131.


La Veta Village food services

LA VETA — La Veta Village has two programs to help with food needs during Covid-19 alerts. If you are 60 or older or high-risk, safety-trained volunteers will shop at Charlie’s with your grocery list and deliver to your home. This service is available to anyone in the 81055 zip code or in Navajo ranch. Contact Susan at 719-989-8361 or email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com

Also, La Veta Village offers a free food pick-up for persons who qualify by income level or because of unemployment. Please register for a box by Wednesday at 5 pm for a pick-up the following Saturday. Email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com or call Rebecca 719-746-2329.

If you would like to volunteer, call 719-746-2329. To donate, go to lavetavillage.org


Book Nook book delivery

LA VETA — The Book Nook is happy to announce a book delivery service for the locals of La Veta. For five dollars you will receive three books of your choice in genre, author, etc. If you are friends with us on Facebook simply leave a message with your information and preferred method of payment. We now have a PayPal to make secure online payments or you can leave cash or a check made out to Friends of the Library on your front porch. We will send you a confirmation message and date of delivery with estimated time. The books will be wiped down and placed in a new paper bag for your protection. We are still waiting for approval from the county health department, so keep an eye out on our Facebook Page to see when this service will become available. We hope this service can bring some joy into your or your loved ones lives. Happy reading, friends!


La Veta Public Library curbside service

LA VETA — La Veta Public Library (LVPL) would like to offer curbside service for our patrons during social distancing requirements. Patrons will reserve library materials online via our catalog, or by calling in. Library staff will retrieve the materials, bag them, label them with the patron’s name, and place the bag on a table setup between the library’s Main Street porches, at the edge of the public sidewalk. Patrons will collect their materials from this table. There will be two times each day when reserved materials will be ready for pickup: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Any unclaimed materials will be brought back into the library building at 4 p.m. The service will run Monday through Friday.


SCCOG Senior Services, Care & Share

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Agency on Aging coordinates food distribution in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties and is provided through South Central Council of Governments. All Agency on Aging programs are for residents 60 years or older, assessments and reservations required. Please make reservations/cancellations one day in advance. Call 719-738-1182 or 719-738-2205 for assessments, reservations, and questions.

Take out lunch meals are provided in Walsenburg Monday through Friday at the Huerfano County Community Center. Also available are homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Walsenburg and Tuesday and Friday in La Veta.



Apishapa Heritage Center now open

AGUILAR — Apishapa Heritage Center located at 131 E. Main St. is opened for the summer Our summer hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Appointments are encouraged. contact information at : 719-680-1393  apishipahistorical@gmail.com


Sunday food pantry in Segundo

SEGUNDO — For those in need during this crisis situation, we invite you to come visit our food pantry on Sundays, 11 a.m. until noon at The Lord’s Chapel Segundo.


Leather holster making at TSJC

TRINIDAD — The Heritage School at Trinidad State presents the 2020 Holster making class beginning Monday, June 15. Students will learn to construct quality gun leather using methods and techniques requiring a minimum number of leather tools. The cost is $350 for 40 hours of instruction. Students will pro- vide their own tools. Students will go as a group to the TSJC bookstore to pay for the leather. For complete course information, contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu trinidadstate.edu/heritage


TSD #1 free summer lunch program

TRINIDAD — The free summer lunch program provides nutritious lunches for kids and teens all summer long. The free lunches will begin Monday, June 15, and run through Friday,

August 7 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eckhart Elementary School, 1021 Pierce Street. Due to the Covid 19, lunches will be curbside pickup. In bad weather you may pick up lunches in the cafeteria by the double doors where the benches are located. Kids and teens 18 & under eat free; adult Meals $3.75. For more information about summer lunch call 845-2051or 846-3324


Virtual ribbon cutting for Rocky Mountain Eye Center

TRINIDAD — To celebrate its Trinidad expansion, Rocky Mountain Eye Center will host a “virtual ribbon-cutting,” the first ever of its kind in Trinidad, on Monday, June 15 at 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Latino Chamber of Commerce (on its Facebook page: (Facebook.com/PuebloLCC), and video of the event will be carried live by the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, and the Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce on their respective Face- book pages. Anybody who marks that they are “attending” on the Latino Chamber’s Facebook event for the ribbon-cutting will be entered to win “virtual door prizes,” as well.


Carnegie library online Story Time!

TRINIDAD — Virtually join Ms. Phyllis every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for stories and songs! Please register in advance to receive the virtual meeting invitation: https://www.carnegiepubliclibrary.org/virtualstorytime


Boncarbo Poker Run

BONCARBO — The second annual Boncarbo Poker Run benefiting the Boncarbo Volunteer Fire Department will be held Saturday, June 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet at the Boncarbo Fire Station.


Virtual event walk with autism

COLORADO — Walk With Autism is going virtual this year on Saturday, June 20! You can help raise funds for Autism Society of Colorado wherever you are! Go on a socially distant walk, stroll, skip, roll, treadmill, stair climb, bike ride …. and raise money from pledges for the Autism Society of Colorado.

Although we cannot be together, we can be united in our support for ASC. This is the perfect opportunity for friends and families to exercise, stay safe, and feel good about helping the autism community. Funds raised through the walk help ASC continue its mission to improve the lives of all living with autism. This includes families, providers, educators, and members of the community. At ASC, we work to advocate, inform, and share the journey with thousands of Coloradans. All money raised here stays here!

Our virtual event is simple. Register for free and fundraise for prizes just like a regular walk. On June 20th, you choose your start time, route, and choice of movement.

After your movement of choice, we are asking for you to post your pictures on social media and tag @AutismSocietyColorado and use the hashtag #walkwithautism or email pictures to creative@autismcolorado.org.
Registration is FREE; fundraising prizes include:
$30 ~ Commemorative Sticker
$100 ~ Walk Tshirt + Commemorative Sticker
$250 ~ Drawstring Backpack + Walk Tshirt + Commemorative Sticker
$500 ~ $20 Amazon Gift Card + Drawstring Backpack + Walk tshirt + Commemorative Sticker
$1000 ~ $75 Amazon Gift Card + Drawstring Backpack + Walk Tshirt + Commemorative Sticker
All money raised here stays here!


Ugly Pet Portrait fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Get a one-of-a-kind portrait of your pet! We have some amazingly talented people who volunteer at Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association. They help make our day-to- day operations possible. We love our volunteers – they are awesome! Some of our volunteers are pretty good artists… and there are many more who… let’s face it, should probably keep their day jobs when it comes to creating artwork. Nonetheless, this eclectic team is dedicated and they have decided to join together for a fun, unique new fundraiser for Noah’s Ark — introducing the Ugly Pet Portrait Fundraiser.

For just $20, you’ll get an original, one-of-a-kind portrait of your pet, drawn by a “possibly-talented” NAAWA volunteer! Your pet is NOT ugly… but keep in mind that the artwork you get back, well… it may not be Mona Lisa quality, but we can as- sure you that it was made with lots of love! And there is nothing ugly about love!

So set your bar nice and low, and support NAAWA with a giftof$20today! Just remember to upload a fairly good picture of your pet at the time of order. Please also remember to provide your email address and mailing address so we can send your pet’s portrait to you.

Get your order now because this FUNdraiser ends June 20, 2020! noahsarktrinidad@pb02.ascendbywix.com to request your application.


Mt. Carmel wellness free virtual classes continue including fun kid’s classes

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center brings you FREE virtual programs and classes to help you remain active and connected during this challenging time. These classes are available to anyone through the Zoom app. You can participate using your computer or smartphone.

See our weekly wellness schedule, followed by instructions to log-in on your computer or call-in from your phone. Get the schedule by signing up for the weekly email at: “Mt. Carmel of Colorado” ahamilton@mtcarmelcenter.org


Contact Laura at (719) 845-4894 with questions. SCCOG senior services, Care & Share

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The Agency on Aging coordinates food distribution in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties and is provided through South Central Council of Governments. All area Agency on Aging programs are for residents 60 years or older, assessments and reservations required. Please make reservations/cancellations one day in advance at 719-846-3336. Call 719-845-1133 ext 208 or ext. 225 for assessments and questions.

Take out lunch meals are provided in Trinidad Monday through Friday at the Sayre Senior Center. Also available are homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Trinidad and Tuesday and Thursday in Aguilar.

There will be a regular Care & Share distribution at 125 E. Main Street. This distribution is for Aguilar/Ludlow area residents only (proof of residency required). Every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be an emergency food distribution for those in dire need.

For all distributions, please do not show up too early, bring a pen, and stay in your vehicle. Please wear a mask.



Annual Sun Valley Rides Carnival

RATON — The annual summer carnival will be held Thursday, June 11 – Sunday, June 14 at Raton High School, 1535 Tiger Circle.


Capulin astronomy nights

CAPULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights at Capulin Volcano Na- tional Monument, 46 Volcano Rd. The next astronomy night will be Saturday, June 13, 7 p.m. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. All observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the visitor center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home.

Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes


The Angel Fire Art + Farmers’ Market

ANGEL FIRE — The Angel Fire Art and Farmers Market is held every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all summer at Frontier Park in the heart of Angel Fire.

Our market is a weekly showcase featuring a diverse selection of local and regional artists, great live music, food artisans & fresh produce. The market provides resources and opportunities to help grow small endeavors and provides a meeting place for a vibrant local community.

Commonly found at our market: -Fresh regional produce
-Hatch Green Chile roasted on the spot -Farm fresh eggs

-Local meat and dairy products -Artisanal bread and baked goods -Raw honey & much more…

We are asking visitors to take the following precautions: -Park at least 1 space away from others
-Wear a mask
-Utilize hand sanitizers upon entering and exiting

-Stay at least 6 ft away from others


Music from Angel Fire cancels season

NORTHERN NM — Music from Angel Fire has cancelled its August 14-30, 2020 Festival due to COVID-19.

For 36 years Music from Angel Fire has enhanced the quality of life in the region with its three-weekend August Music Festival. The programs touched the hearts of more than 2,500 northern New Mexico youth with in-school ‘Concerts for Youth’ and Music Residency Workshops featuring Young Art- ist ensembles from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The extraordinary Main Stage concerts reached more than 2,300 patrons in Angel Fire, Taos, Las Vegas and Raton.

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