Upcoming Events for week of October 15, 2020

throughout our world

Hospice volunteer training

LAS ANIMAS/HUERFANO COUNTIES — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice is planning a fall volunteer training, Friday November 13 (note date change) in Trinidad. We are seeking volunteers both for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. There are many roles individuals can fill that provide invaluable support not only to patients, but perhaps even more so to families. In home volunteers may spend a few hours a week providing companionship, respite for family members, reading to patient, helping record their stories and the all-important role of being a good listener. All volunteer work does not need to be done in the home; errands can be run, weeds pulled, a dog walked, a meal cooked, administrative help in the office are just a few of the many other things that keep hospice wheels turning If you want to be part of an amazing organization doing great work please give me a call. There is a place for everyone. Please contact Sandy Dolak; sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com; call or text: 719-251-1271

 

Children of the Inquisition: online screening event and discussion

OUR WORLD — Temple Aaron of Trinidad Colorado will be screening the documentary film Children of the Inquisition in an online event Saturday, Oct. 24. You’ll have 48 hours to view the film: 5 pm MT on 10/22/20 to 5 pm MT 10/24/20.

After watching the film, join us Sat. Oct. 24, 6 pm for a live (via Zoom) discussion with Peabody award-winning producer Joseph Lovett. Joining him will be Carlos de Madeiros, a contemporary descendant featured in the film, and Corinne Brown (Vice President of Communications at Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies and Editor of their journal, HaLapid).

Cost for the film viewing and discussion is $10. Temple Aaron’s online screening of Children of the Inquisition is made possible with support from JewishColorado. Questions? email info@templeaaron.org or call 303-905-2161 Register: https://crm.templeaaron.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id =9 . A link to the film will be sent after registration.

Children of the Inquisition is a critically acclaimed documentary film that unearths 500 years of hidden history. It explores what happened to the families forced to convert to Catholicism or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions through the eyes of their contemporary descendants, many of whom are just discovering their often nuanced Jewish roots. Its story- tellers uncover the connections between their family’s journeys and this buried history. The discoveries of these flights to safety over the past 500 years give a new perspective to the world events we face today.

 

Dining with Diabetes Challenge free four-week email program

OUR WORLD — Do you want to learn how to manage your diabetes with updated information? Dining with Diabetes invites you to enroll in an e-mail Challenge. This 4-week pro- gram will encourage individuals with diabetes to improve their diabetes selfcare behaviors and learn: What is diabetes? What are carbohydrates and how many can I have? How to build a support system.

Participants will receive two weekly emails from Extension faculty to share diabetes health practices, recipes, goal setting and support to increase knowledge, try new approaches, and receive virtual support through a private Facebook group and local Extension staff.

Register by Monday, Oct. 26  Register at: https://forms.gle/agZptm2LsTfMEACr8

The challenge starts Nov 2nd! For more information please contact CSU Extension Agent, Laura Griffin at 719-583- 6566.

 

Nominate students for the Future Leaders Award

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Applications are being accepted now for the 2020-2021 FUTURE LEADERS pro- gram, presented by CBS4 and PDC Energy, to recognize Col- orado high school students excelling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics.)

Teachers, parents, mentors, and others are encouraged to nominate students who they believe will be Colorado’s future STEM leaders. Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis now through April 2021. One student will be selected each month to receive this special recognition award that includes a $1,000 and a student profile on CBS4.

STEM studies may include, but are not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, computer and information technology science, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, anthropology, ecology, economics, robotics, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, astrophysics.

Nominations should include basic information on the student as well as information on the student’s STEM field of study/focus, and any extraordinary circumstances/obstacles the student has had to overcome in order to pursue his/her STEM studies. Nominate the next future leader at https://denver.cbslocal.com/future-leaders/. Click here to view past CBS4 Future Leaders.

 

Legal Resource Day free legal clinic

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — The 3rd Judicial District (Huerfano and Las Animas counties), Colorado Legal Services, and volunteer attorneys will host three virtual events on Tuesday, October 27, as part of Legal Resource Week, sponsored by Colorado Judicial Institute.

Residents of the district representing themselves in civil cases will have an opportunity from 1-6 p.m. to speak, free of charge, with an attorney during a 25-minute phone consultation. Attorney Consultations are by appointment only. These consultations are for informational purposes only and do not constitute attorney-client relationships.

Immediately preceding the Ask-A-Lawyer event, two virtual presentations will be offered. Log in information for both presentations is posted on the 3rd Judicial District’s website.

1. Legal Options for Relatives Raising Children, facilitated by Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Staff Attorney Kacie Mulhern, will be offered from 10-11 a.m. via WebEx. Topics covered include Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (APR) for Nonparents, Guardianship of Minors, and Kinship/Custodial Adoptions.

2. Consumer Bankruptcy Law presentation, facilitated by Pueblo-based Attorney at Law Thomas Mathiowetz, will be offered from 12-1 p.m. via WebEx. Topics covered will include Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy eligibility requirements, pre-bankruptcy planning, and information on dischargeable and non-dischargeable debts.

To make an appointment or to get presentation login in- formation, contact Self-Help Coordinator Kate Johnson at 719- 695-6555 or sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/y2a2wvos

 

HUERFANO

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WALSENBURG — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

Last La Veta farmers market

LA VETA — The last La Veta farmers market for the 2020 sea- son will be today, Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Meet Amos Mace at local farmers markets

LA VETA/GARDNER/WALSENBURG — Come tap elbows and talk with Amos Mace who will be in La Veta, next to the Library, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m.; in Gardner under the pavilion next to the Methodist Church on Saturday Oct. 17, 10 a.m. – Noon. Come meet and discuss issues. If people have question or would like to schedule a meeting with Amos please call 970-309-1799.

 

Huerfano Dems meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — We are having our monthly central committee meeting Thursday, Oct. 15 , 6 p.m. via Zoom. If you care to join in, please email huerfanodems100@gmail.com and we will send you an invite. At our meeting we will have up- dates from our elected officials on events in our county and will have some discussion on upcoming campaigning. Please get involved, we have a very important election this year! There is so much work to do and we need all the help we can get to be successful. We encourage everyone to visit our new website: huerfanodems.cum

 

Coffee with Sandy White

LA VETA/GARDNER/WALSENBURG — Join Sandy for cof- fee Saturday, October 17, 9 to 10 a.m. at Walsenburg Golf Club (Lathrop State Park), 1399 C.R. 502.

 

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

WALSENBURG — Join the Mayor at Heritage Park every Friday 11 am – 1 pm for community oriented improvement projects. There are countless little things we can do to make things better and the Mayor is confident that one of them has your name on it! Come have a little fun and become part of the solution!

 

The Night Gallery Sci/Fi Reception

LA VETA — Join us for an opening reception with Gary Wes- ton Friday, Oct. 16. Doors open at 5 p.m., Metropolis will be revealed with a special lights-out viewing around 7 p.m. Food, drink, music and fun for the whole family at The Painted Horse, 206 Main Street.

The Painted Horse Gallery presents for the first time, The Night Gallery – A solo exhibit of Sci/fi sculptural furniture by Gary Weston. Each piece of furniture in the exhibit has a story associated with an unusual event in history. Furniture inspired by Salvidore Dali, Rocker Man, Tessla, Philidelphia Experiment Lab, Lamp of Horrors and for the culmination of our evening, after dark, we will reveal a 7 foot tall chair inspired by Metropolis with dramatic electronics and lighting. For more information call 469-744-1082.

 

Stand-up comedy at the Fox

WALSENBURG — Derrick Stroup headlines when stand-up comedy returns to Walsenburg Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. Derrick is an Alabama native and is not your average slow-talking Southerner. with the cadence of a pissed- off auctioneer, he locks people in with his detailed stories and over the top energy. Derrick tours the South regularly and loves a Waffle House that’s clean and cares about its customers. Tickets are (2) for $40. Doors open at 6, ticket price includes delicious Fox popcorn!

Tickets for sale at: foxwalsenburg.com
For your safety and ours, Fox Walsenburg follows all requirements established by the Health Department.

These requirements include: Concessions and Libations will be delivered to you at your assigned seat by a team member; Ticket sales will be limited to 50% of seat capacity; Only certain seats will be available to ensure proper social distancing in the theaters and facilitate cleaning; Staff will wear face masks and have their temperature taken upon arrival; Customers are re- quired to wear face masks unless eating or drinking; Cus- tomers are required to maintain proper social distancing; Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online or use contact-less payment methods at the theatre; All high touch point areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly including seats, and armrests.

 

Last Gardner Farmers Market on Saturday

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Mar- ket will see it’s last day Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Live music at Walsenburg Golf Course

WALSENBURG — Daniel Topash (Acoustic Rock) will per- form Saturday, Oct. 17, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Walsenburg Golf Course Clubhouse. No cover! Come out for great music, food, beverages, and awesome view! No park pass required.

 

Inner Idea Artists, Clay & Fiber Art show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The public is invited to see the new artwork on display at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus. The Inner Idea Artists are showing works by six of their members: Peggy Zehing, Marta Moore, Mary Sewell Cooper, David Zehring, Rena Kaplowitz, Maggie MacIndoe, and Lana Thomas. In the Main Gallery, Mary Scott, Judy Sims-Barlow, and Ann Gethen are offering exquisite wearable pieces created from an array of fibers. Robin Richards is also sharing some of her amazing cloth sculptures. Nicole Copel and Lori Hannon both have original, functional art made with clay.

Face masks are required, social distancing is observed, with a limit of 10 visitors at one time and no food or beverages are allowed. Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer are avail- able for guests. There is no admission fee and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719-742-3074.

SPACe is open Tues, Thurs. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The show will be on display until Nov. 7. SPACe, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships and donations.

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Oct. 18 the message is “In Reverence, Hope and Wonder” with music by Eldaa Royer.

 

Tech Squad Pod: Computer Basics at LVPL

LA VETA — La Veta Public Library is offering a 5 week “What the Tech” class with sessions on Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., October 19 through November 16.

“What the Tech?!”, funding by IMLS, offers a 5-week squad pod on computer basics! This is an introduction to the desktop, file system, security, maintenance, internet, e-mail, and more! You are committing to the full 5 weeks with your squad. To register, call 719-742-3572 or stop by the front desk.

 

Free Diabetes Self-Management classes

WALSENBURG — Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is pleased to offer the public a series of FREE classes to help those with diabetes improve their health by learning more about self- care.

These informal classes — held both online and in-person – will review healthy eating, active lifestyle tips, blood sugar monitoring techniques, medications, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing health risks and more.

Participants will learn in group and individual sessions, guided by a Certified Health Care team, resulting in a Personalized Diabetes Management Plan and the knowledge to better manage diabetes.

The classes will be held Wednesdays at 3 p.m on: Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4. These classes are completely free of charge. To register, please call Ellen White at 719-738-5200 Ext. 407.

 

Fall Scavenger Hunt in La Veta

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness is hosting a Fall Scavenger Hunt in La Veta Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.. Everything will be outside, with a map provided to show the perimeter of the hid- den objects. Prizes for the first 3 contestants that finish! Kids are welcome to dress up. $1 per entry. Registration booth will be outside Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St. beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 23. Call 719-742-3555 for additional information.

 

Spooky story contest

HUERFANO COUNTY — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. A $50 first prize – donated by the La Veta Galleries Supporting the Arts – will be awarded to top student in each category! Submissions are due Monday, October 26. For more information, contact the library or email stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

 

Spooktacular Trunk or Treat at St. Mary

WALSENBURG — The 3rd annual free Trunk or Treat Street Community Event plus Pumpkin Carving Contest will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 121 E. 7th Street . More details coming soon to make this year’s Spooktacular event even more exciting.

This years event looks a little different due to COVID-19. It will be a drive by trunk or treat street. Health Department approved the Spooktacular with these requirements: Not only should you wear your Halloween mask, but everyone in the car must also wear a COVID-19 face covering in order to remain compliant with the CDC guidelines. All families are welcome to attend this Spooktacular Event.

For more ways to be involved in this year’s event, please contact the event coordinator: Rhonda D. Thibault-Lloyd at (970) 424-4478.

 

Ann Klikus 4-H Scholarship now available

LA VETA —A donation of $200 in memory of Ann Klikus, rancher’s wife, homemaker and La Veta School Head Cook was received by the Huerfano County Extension Office to honor her lifelong commitment to the students and community of La Veta. The donation will be used for scholarships to support 4- H youth in the Snowy Range 4-H Club in La Veta. The monies were donated to assist 4-H’ers in the La Veta club who need financial help with their 4-H enrollment, attending conferences, camps, or leadership events. To apply for the scholarship funds, youth in the Snowy Range 4-H club can contact the Huerfano County Extension Office. The Huerfano County Ex- tension Office and the 4-H program would like to thank the anonymous donor who has entrusted these funds to us.

 

Time to plan for the 2020 Parade of Lights!

WALSENBURG — The 31st annual Holiday Parade of Lights will be held Friday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.. The theme this year is “Christmas, Past and Present!”. The parade entry forms are at Legends Flooring & Interior, 726 Main Street. For more information call 719-738-2033.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Pumpkin Patch open Saturdays and Sundays

HOEHNE — Come out and pick your pumpkins each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. through October at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75! Call Mary to schedule a private time for groups – 719-680-1402

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

Leaders of the Future student registration now

TRINIDAD — High School students are invited to join Mt. Carmel’s Leaders of the Future program which begins virtually Monday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This well-developed program offers expert advice to help prepare students for the road ahead.

Knowledgeable guest speakers will present valuable in- formation about career opportunities, scholarships, and trade schools. We will also provide instructions on how to write resumes and essays.

All Students: Receive a drawstring backpack filled with a water bottle, mechanical pencils, a notebook, highlighters, 8MG USB and masks, and much more!

Seniors: Apply for $1000 scholarship (2 available) Application and essay required.
Register here: www.mtcarmelcenter.org/…/leaders-of-the-future-3

 

Blood Drive in Trinidad

TRINIDAD — City of Trinidad will host a Blood Drive Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Call Vitalant at 877-258-4825 to sign up; sponsor code: Trini- dad. COVID 19 antibody testing included.

 

SCFC Family/friends Zombie Paintball Gallery

TRINIDAD — Come join Southern Colorado Family Center for some zombie paintball gallery fun Friday, Oct. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Skateland. We will have three shooting rooms of horror targets. The cost is $5 per round. If you have any questions please call Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509

 

A Spooky Comedy Showcase with Jordan Doll and friends!

TRINIDAD — Jordan Doll is a standup comedian, actor and writer from Denver, Colorado where he is a regular at the world famous Comedy Works. Doll will be performing Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT).

Masks are required for entry into this socially distanced comedy show and must be worn while moving throughout the venue. Susceptible populations are strongly recommended to refrain from participating in this event. There are less than 50 seats available so get your tickets before they’re gone.

 

Safe Trick or Treat Drive Thru Art Car Scare A Thon

TRINIDAD — Halloween in Trinidad will look a little different this year. The annual Safe Trick-or-Treats for Kids and Costume Contest usually held downtown will not be taking place. Instead, families are invited to a “Safe Trick-or-Treat Drive- Thru Art Car Scare-a-Thon” Friday, October 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds.

In cooperation with the Art Cartopia Museum, the City of Trinidad Police Department, and Las Animas County Sheriff’s Department, The First National Bank in Trinidad plans to sponsor this “reverse parade” with the hope to keep everyone safe. Cars full of parents and children will drive around the perimeter of the fairgrounds to view the “Spooktakular” Art Cars that will be parked along the route. Trinidad merchants have donated enough candy to fill 1,000 bags of treats that will be handed out to the youthful occupants in the cars as they drive out.

Here’s to a Happy and COVID-19-Safe Halloween! For more information about this event, visit www.fnbtrinidad.com.

 

COVID Small Business grant program

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage center winter hours

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming Fall-Winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.

 

COLFAX

Absentee voting 2020 info

RATON — Rayetta M. Trujillo, Colfax County Clerk announces that anyone wishing to absentee vote in-person for November 3, 2020, general election may do so beginning October 6, 2020 through Saturday, Oct. 31 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Reg- ular office hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.. Anyone desiring to vote by mail may request an application at NMvote.org or from the County Clerk’s Office (575) 445-5551. Every Registered Voter was mailed an Absentee Application in September. If you have moved and need to up- date, your address, please call the Clerk’s Office. The last day for the County Clerk to receive your application for an absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

 

Luna Offering Eight-Week Courses- register by Friday!

SPRINGER/LAS VEGAS — Luna Community College is offering a number of eight-week courses set to begin the week of Oct. 12. Registration for the classes is now open and will continue through Friday, Oct. 16.

Those seeking more information and details about how to enroll are advised to visit luna.edu/schedule or call 505-454-

2550.The college typically offers a select number of short-term courses for various reasons, including the fact they may fit more readily into some students’ schedules.

This fall, the offerings include Cultures of the World, Introduction to Business, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Short Fiction, First-Year Seminar for College Students, U.S. History II, Algebra with Applications, Music Appreciation: Western Music, American National Government, Introduction to Video Game Development, Introduction to Sociology, History of Christianity, Introduction to Psychology, Medical Terminology. More classes, including one in baking, are expected to be added to the list.

Tuition rates at Luna remain among the best values in the Southwest, starting at $40 per credit hour for in-district residents. Additionally, financial assistance is available.

Classes will run through the end of the fall semester on Dec. 4. As with most of the classes this semester, they will be offered online to help ensure the health and safety of students and others in the campus community.

 

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be tonight, Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 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.

 

Raton Ministerial Alliance food distribution

RATON — The next food distribution will be Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. until supplies are gone, everyone is welcome. at City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street.

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens

COLFAX COUNTY — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solanos) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

 

Haunted Street drive-thru Trick-Or-Treat

RATON — The safe trick or treat this year will be a drive through only event, Saturday, Oct. 31, 4 to 5 p.m. in Raton. Drive South on First Street From Ripley Park. All North Bound Traffic on First will be blocked from Cook Avenue to Savage Avenue. Trick -Or- Treaters MUST remain in their vehicles. Tune into KRTN to hear spooky sounds as your family drives down the street collecting treats from our participating businesses. Elk’s Lodge will also be on-site handing out Hot Dogs!!!

 

DCA launches new online portal for “Invite an Educator” program

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has launched a new website devoted to the Invite a DCA Educator program. This new online portal simplifies the process of welcoming an expert from one of the divisions of the DCA into a virtual classroom setting.

By visiting https://dcaeducates.nmculture.org and filling out a request form, school teachers, homeschool in- structors, afterschool clubs, and community organizations can schedule an online visit from an educator to discuss a variety of subjects related to the DCA. The new website allows users to navigate through available programs via presenter, age group, or topic.

The DCA includes eight museums, seven historic sites, New Mexico Arts, the Office of Archeological Studies, the Historic Preservation Division, and the New Mexico State

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