Calendar of Events

May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Walk or Wheel Wednesdays. Starting on March 3rd and every Wednesday in May, La Veta will be host to Walk or Wheel to School. Parents should drop off their children between 7:00-7:15am at the La Veta Town Park. Volunteers will escort “Walking School Buses” and “Bike Trains” to school. Parents are welcome to join the procession to school. Students who participate will earn incentives and will enter their name in a drawing to be held at the Elementary School on May 31st. FMI contact Marilyn Russell at La Veta Trails 719-742-5598.

Walk or Wheel Wednesdays is sponsored by the La Veta Partnership for Safe Routes to School: La Veta School District RE-2; Town of La Veta; La Veta Town Marshall’s Office; La Veta Fire Protection District Emergency Management Services; La Veta Public Library; La Veta Trails; Spanish Peaks Family Clinic; Spanish Peaks Cycling; and the La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce.

May 5, 7:00. Deerprint Wine & Bistro will be live-streaming La Veta’s own Andy Hackbarth from The Bugle Boy in Austin TX. Admission is free and seats will fill up quickly!

May 6, noon-3:00. Job Fair. La Veta Community Center, E. Ryus Ave. The LV/Cuchara Chamber will be organizing a job fair at the LV community center on May 6th from noon to 3pm. We will be recruiting business owners and job resource centers to attend. We will also be doing a resume workshop for job applicants

May 10. Bike to School Day.

May 11. Francisco Fort Museum Opening Day. The Museum will be open Thursday-Saturday in May and September and Tuesday-Saturday June-August. More details will be announced. www.franciscofort.org.

May 14, 1:00. Spring Wildflowers and Edible/Medicinal/Useful Wild Plants of the Spanish Peaks. This program includes both a lecture and an optional field session. Springtime offers an abundance of wildflowers and useful wild plants. The lecture runs from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Francisco Crossing. The gentle hike field session runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. We will car pool to two sites near La Veta. The lecture includes slides, commentary, and samples of flowers and plants. Learn simple tips of identification along with the dos and don’ts of harvesting wild plants. Cost for the lecture is $15.00/person. The cost for both the class and the field session is $25.00/person. Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult. No pets. The field session is limited to 15. To register for the hike you must email Bob Kennemer at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

May 18 – June 17. Artists’ Choice, & “The Abandoned” Reception May 27. www.spanishpeaksarts.org

May 20, 6:00 to 8:00 pm Deerprint Wine & Bistro presents Jug & Friends featuring local talent, Jason White.  An evening of acoustic blues and rock. $5 suggested donation at the door.

May 22-27. Ricky Tims Improv Retreat. www.rickytims.com.

May 27, 5:00-7:00pm. “Take a Peak” Show Opening. Kathy Hill and Karen Standridge will be the Featured Artists. La Veta Gallery on Main.

May 27 (Memorial Weekend) through Labor Day. Rio Grande Scenic Train Excursion Train.to La Veta. Departing Alamosa at 9:30am and Fort Garland at 10:15. Tickets now on sale! www.coloradotrain.org.

June 2, Time TBD. The Cody Sisters at the Francisco Crossing. “Wonderful musicians. fiddle, guitars, banjo, stand-up base.  Uplifting and encouraging for all ages.”  The Cody Sisters are true Colorado treasures. Coming from a family of musicians, their music models a simpler time before technology when families cherished time together. Though young in age and heart, the Cody Sisters’ music warms the soul with its powerful vocals and burning instrumentation that is usually only heard from aged musicians. Come enjoy their after dinner/on the porch style family music end relive a simpler, family focused time.

Update June 4, 2:00pm. The Ghosts of Francisco Fort, presented by 970 Paranormal staff. La Veta Public Library Meeting Room. Event is FREE.

June 10, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Deerprint Wine & Bistro presents Jeff Daschbach of Chicago, IL.  Jeff is returning to La Veta for the third year in a row to perform on our new stage. An evening of talent drawn from rock, blue grass, and folk traditions. Tickets $10 online and at the door. Tickets go on sale Feb. 21st here: https://squareup.com/store/deerprint-wine-and-bistro

June 11, 1:00. Wildflowers of Early Summer and Edible/Medicinal/Useful Wild Plants of the Spanish Peaks. This program includes both a lecture and an optional field session. Early summer provides a wide variety of wildflowers and useful wild plants. The lecture runs from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Francisco Crossing. The gentle hike field session runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. We will car pool to sites near La Veta and Cuchara. The lecture includes slides, commentary, and samples of flowers and plants. Learn simple tips of identification along with the dos and don’ts of harvesting wild plants. Cost for the lecture is $15.00/person. The cost for both the class and the field session is $25.00/person. Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult. No pets. The field session is limited to 15. To register for the hike you must email Bob Kennemer at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

June 12-15. 9:00-3:00. La Veta Trails’ Youth Environmental Stewardship Program: Zombie Survival Camp.  This four-day camp experience is geared to ages 8 to 13. More details and the registration process will be posted soon.

June 17. 3rd Annual La Veta Trails Yard Sale. www.lavetatrails.org.

June 17, 10:00am. 10th Annual Rails & Ales Brewfest. Hosted by the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. Come celebrate ten years of amazing festivals with us at Colorado’s only train ride to a brewfest high in the Rocky Mountains for brews, views and barbecue. 2017 TICKETS ON SALE NOW! http://www.coloradotrain.com

 

June 17-18. iPhone/Android Cell Phone Camera Workshop with Heather Curtis.  $150. Bring your iPhone/Android/iPad/Tablet (mobile device with a camera) to this fun class and learn how to take spectacular photos with just your phone or iPad camera. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

June 19-23. Experimental Drawing/Painting Workshop with Peggy Zehring., $375 per week. You will have 5 days (or if you sign up for both classes, 11 days) to discover and explore your own unique style. Emphasis will be on creativity and originality and having fun with your art. Using tools, charcoal and paint, you will explore mark-making, paint possibilities, making sense of nonsense, trusting your own vision and the psychology of line, form and color. You will also begin to learn the language of abstraction. No experience is necessary. A supply list will be sent when you register. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

Update June 20, 9:00-4:00. Cuchara Hermosa Plant Sale.  Cuchara Community Center.

 

June 20-July 22. Western Show, art exhibit at SPACe. Reception June 24, 5 – 7 pm. www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

 

June 23. 5:007:00. Fourth Friday Art Walk.

June 23, 5:00-7:00pm. 4th Friday Art Walk. Nancy Utterback will be the Featured Artist. La Veta Gallery on Main.

June 23-25. The Spanish Peaks Pioneer. SoCo Endurance.

June 24. 10am to 3pm. Garden Tour. www.lvpl.org.

June 24, 6:00. The Courtyard at Deerprint Wine & Bistro: Melody Pond of Arkansas. Rooted in the earthiness of folk, these genre bending ladies take the sound of their native Ozark Mountains and infuse it with modern indie influences and throw back moods of jazz and blues.  Tickets $10 online and at the door.  Tickets available March 7th here: https://squareup.com/store/deerprint-wine-and-bistro

June 24. Cowboy Day at the Francisco Fort Museum. www.franciscofort.org.

June 24. Time TBD. Footprints Above the Clouds: Three Cultures, One Pass. The Huerfano County Historical Society is sponsoring this event at Uptop, CO. The almost full day happening will provide an opportunity to learn about and explore the three cultures that crossed La Veta Pass in or near Uptop, CO:  the Utes and their trees, the Spanish Conquistadors led by de Anza, and the Anglos – railroads, travelers and lumber.  Space is limited so be ready to buy tickets as soon as they become available.  More information to follow.

June 24-25. Suzy Bogguss at Fir Station. Returning once again to the Fir Station stage is one of our favorite singers Grammy award winning artist — and this gal’s got a pretty mean yodel too! Hear her hit songs like “Aces,” “Drive South,” “Someday Soon,” “Outbound Plane” and “Letting Go” which have have taken her to the top of the country music charts. http://www.coloradotrain.com

June 25, Time TBD. Rattle Snakes, No Bull! The Spanish Peaks are home to a variety of snakes. All are beneficial and some are venomous. It can be difficult to identify many snakes and bull snakes are often confused with rattlesnakes. In this educational and entertaining lecture, attendees will learn tips on snake safety/identification and how to avoid dangerous confrontations. We will also learn how to treat a rattlesnake bite. Cost is $15.00 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. No pets, as there will be live snakes on hand.

June 26, 10:00-2:30. Haunted House Meadow Hike. Meet at the Community Center. cucharavalleyrec.com

June 26, 3:00 pm – 4:30. Book Study directed by Dr. Don Goodwin. cucharavalleyrec.com

June 26-30. Experimental Drawing/Painting Workshop with Peggy Zehring. $375 per week. You will have 5 days (or if you sign up for both classes, 11 days) to discover and explore your own unique style. Emphasis will be on creativity and originality and having fun with your art. Using tools, charcoal and paint, you will explore mark-making, paint possibilities, making sense of nonsense, trusting your own vision and the psychology of line, form and color. You will also begin to learn the language of abstraction. No experience is necessary. A supply list will be sent when you register. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

June 26-29. 9:00-3:00. La Veta Trails’ Youth Environmental Stewardship Program: Zombie Survival Camp.  This four-day camp experience is geared to ages 8 to 13. More details and the registration process will be posted soon.

June 28, 7:00 pm – 9:00. Bingo! Community Center cucharavalleyrec.co

June 29, 7:00 am – 3:00. Trinchera Peak. Meet at Community Center cucharavalleyrec.comJuly 1-2. Art in the Park. www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

July 1-2. Sumi and Big Brush Painting with Raquel Dimond. $150 (Lab Fee $30). All levels of experience will be welcome in this class. Introducing the big brush in addition to our regular bamboo brushes, we will render leaves, flower petals, grasses, and branches. This class will be discussing the history and techniques of Sumi Painting and the materials needed. Students will be using rice paper, Sumi ink and making beautiful paintings. The lab fee will pay for all the materials needed for this class. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

July 1-2. Rio Grande Scenic Train presents the Pure Prairie League at Fir. Tickets on sale at www.coloradotrain.com.

July 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Deerprint Wine & Bistro presents the Boxcar Bandits of Denton, TX. The Boxcar Bandits are returning to the Courtyard!  Join us for a lively evening of North Texan Skunk Grass! Advance tickets $10/ $15 at the door.  Tickets go on sale March 14th here: https://squareup.com/store/deerprint-wine-and-bistro

July 4, 8:00am. Annual Fun Run. Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 4, 11:00. Cuchara Parade. cucharavalleyrec.com

July 4, 7:00-9:00pm. Fourth of July BINGO! Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 6, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Kids Quilting Workshop. Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 6, 6:30-9:30pm. Family Picnic & Movie on the Green. Community Center. cucharavalleyrec.com

July 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Kids Quilting Workshop. Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

 

July 8-9. Kinetic Sculpture with Kenny Schneider. $150 (Lab Fee $40) Learn how natural forces such as wind, gravity, and hand movement are used in the creation of art. It is not just bridge and airplane designers who are concerned about how forces interact with objects, but artists as well. You will create your own kinetic sculptures by identifying and capitalizing on these natural forces. Must have some familiarity with hand and power tools. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

July 8. Trout Fishing in America at Fir Station for the 8th time! Trout Fishing in America is an eclectic folk/rock band best known for family music and kids’ songs. Songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” “18 Wheels on a Big Rig,” and “When I Was a Dinosaur” have earned them a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere. A more incongruous pairing you’ll never find with Ezra Idlet (guitar) at six feet nine inches and Keith Grimwood (bass) at five feet five and one-half inches. Their inspiration comes from the fabric of everyday life with music that pokes fun one minute and pulls the heart strings the next. Winning multiple National Indie and Parent’s Choice awards and four Grammy nominations, this is music for people who take their fun seriously. SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER We know this is a train ride and concert sure to please everyone from the oldest to the youngest in your group. So we’d like to present a special limited time offer: Buy one adult ticket, get up to 2 kid tickets free! Use promo code: TROUTTRAIN. http://www.coloradotrain.com

July 9, 1:00.  Wildflowers Mid-Summer and Edible/Medicinal/Useful Wild Plants of the Spanish Peaks. This program includes both a lecture and an optional field session. Mid-summer provides the widest variety of wildflowers and useful wild plants. Berries are coming on, as are some mushrooms. The lecture runs from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Francisco Crossing. The gentle hike field session runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. We will car pool to sites near La Veta and Cuchara. The lecture includes slides, commentary, and samples of flowers and plants. Learn simple tips of identification along with the dos and don’ts of harvesting wild plants. Cost for the lecture is $15.00/person. The cost for both the class and the field session is $25.00/person. Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult. No pets. The field session is limited to 15. To register for the hike you must email Bob Kennemer at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

July 10, 3:00-4:30pm. Book Study directed by Dr. Don Goodwin

Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 10, 5L30-10:30pm. Sunset & Almost Moonrise Hike

Meet at Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 11, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Kid Art. Community Center. cucharavalleyrec.com

July 10-14, 9am-noon. Children’s Art Workshop sponsored by SPACe. www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

July 10-14, 1:00-4:00pm. Teen Art Workshop at SPACe. www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

July 12, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Bingo! Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Walking Tour of Historic Cuchara. Meet at Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 14-15. Spanish Peaks Music Festival with headliner, Nashville recording artist AARON WATSON. Additional artist: Friday July 14th Jaquie Gipson & Triple Nickel

Saturday July 15th Cappton Reid, Kyndon Oaks, Exit West, Charley Jenkins, and headliner AARON WATSON.

July 15-16. iPHONE/ANDROID CELL PHONE CAMERA WORKSHOP  with Heather Curtis. $150. Bring your iPhone/Android/iPad/Tablet (mobile device with a camera) to this fun class and learn how to take spectacular photos with just your phone or iPad camera. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and for registration information.

July 17, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. West Peak Tree Line. Meet at Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 17, 3:00-4:30pm. Book Study directed by Dr. Don Goodwin Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 18, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Kid Art. Community Center. cucharavalleyrec.com

July 19, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Bingo! Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 20, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Upper Purgatory. Meet at Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 21-23. Stained Glass with Anjillee (Jill) Schwarz. $175 (Lab Fee $65). July 21 6:00-8:00pm and July 22-23 (9-noon & 1-4pm). Design and construct a stained glass window start to finish. Students will use a “soft mind” design technique and the copper foil method in this two and a half day class. There will be specific instruction to develop proficiency in the use of tools and materials. We will also learn an appreciation of the nature of glass and the expressive potential of radiant light and color harmony. The lab fee will cover all materials and shared tool costs. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

July 22-23. The Spanish Peaks. SoCo Endurance.

July 22. Francisco Fort Day. www.franciscofort.org.

July 24, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. Wildflower Pilgrimage – 5th Annual. Meet at Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 24, 3:00-4:30pm. Book Study directed by Dr. Don Goodwin Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 24-28. Experimental Drawing/Painting Workshop with Peggy Zehring. $375 per week. You will have 5 days (or if you sign up for both classes, 11 days) to discover and explore your own unique style. Emphasis will be on creativity and originality and having fun with your art. Using tools, charcoal and paint, you will explore mark-making, paint possibilities, making sense of nonsense, trusting your own vision and the psychology of line, form and color. You will also begin to learn the language of abstraction. No experience is necessary. A supply list will be sent when you register. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

July 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Kid Art. Community Center. cucharavalleyrec.com

July 25-August 26. Photography Show at SPACe. Reception July 28, 5 – 7 pm.www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

July 26, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Bingo! Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 27, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Sunset & Stars. Meet at Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 28. 5:007:00. Fourth Friday Art Walk.

July 28, 5:00-7:00pm. 4th Friday Art Walk. Elizabeth James will be the Featured Artist. La Veta Gallery on Main.

July 31, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm. Bear Lake to Spring Creek. Meet at Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 31, 3:00-4:30pm. Book Study directed by Dr. Don Goodwin Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

July 31-August 4. Experimental Drawing/Painting Workshop with Peggy Zehring. $375 per week. You will have 5 days (or if you sign up for both classes, 11 days) to discover and explore your own unique style. Emphasis will be on creativity and originality and having fun with your art. Using tools, charcoal and paint, you will explore mark-making, paint possibilities, making sense of nonsense, trusting your own vision and the psychology of line, form and color. You will also begin to learn the language of abstraction. No experience is necessary. A supply list will be sent when you register. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

August 2, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Bingo! Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

August 3, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Haunted House Meadow. Meet at Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

August 4, 6:00p.m. Deerprint Wine & Bistro presents Whiskey Autumn in the Courtyard. The Boulder based indie pop rock trio has spent the past year touring throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and New Mexico. Tickets are $10 online and at the door.  Tickets available May 6th here:

https://squareup.com/store/deerprint-wine-and-bistro

August 5-6. Water Color with Frank LaLumia. $150. This Watercolor Workshop is designed to deepen our understanding of the craft of Watercolor Painting. Individual technique is a function of one’s personal aesthetic. Individual technique will be emphasized -producing work that is expressive and authentic to each artist’s personal aesthetic. This is our goal. This class is open to artists at all levels, beginner to advanced. Oil painters are welcome. Demonstrations will be in Watercolor. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

August 5. Stonewall Century Ride.

August 5, Time TBD. La Veta Village Assisted Living Fundraiser. Details will be posted soon.

August 7, 3:00-4:30pm. Book Study directed by Dr. Don Goodwin Community Center cucharavalleyrec.com

August 6, 2:00. Wild Mushrooms of the Spanish Peaks. This program is lecture only, no field session. Late summer is when mushrooms are at their peak. The lecture runs from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Francisco Crossing. It includes slides, commentary, and samples of wild mushrooms. Learn simple tips of identification along with the dos and don’ts of harvesting. Cost for the lecture is $15.00/person. Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult. No pets.

August 6. Bellamy Brothers at Fir Station. Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. www.coloradotrain.com.

August 12-13. Advanced Cell Phone Photography with Heather Curtis. $150. If you have already taken the beginners cellphone class or consider yourself comfortable with taking photos with your phone, then this class will be fun for you. Using different lenses that clip on, we will capture images around town as we walk through the alleyways of La Veta. We’ll research and sample some of these editing apps and share knowledge of how to get the best final product. Come with an open mind. Bring your phone, charger, any clip on lenses you may have, your iPad or laptop for editing, and any necessary cables. LVSA has wifi. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

August 12-13. Hujatolla Heritage Festival honoring the Hispanic and Native American Cultures through art, education and presentation. Location will be the La Veta Town Park.  Please contact Sandy Dolak (sandy@dolak.biz; 719-251-1271) for more information.

August 13, 1:00. Wildflowers Late-Summer and Edible/Medicinal/Useful Wild Plants of the Spanish Peaks. This program includes both a lecture and an optional field session. Late summer provides a nice mix of wildflowers, berries and useful wild plants. Berries are ripe and mushrooms are at their peak. The lecture runs from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Francisco Crossing. The moderate hike/field session runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. We will car pool to sites near La Veta and Cuchara. The lecture includes slides, commentary, and samples of flowers and plants. Learn simple tips of identification along with the dos and don’ts of harvesting wild plants. Cost for the lecture is $15.00/person. The cost for both the class and the field session is $25.00/person. Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult. No pets. The field session is limited to 15. To register for the hike, you must email Bob Kennemer at: bobkennemer@gmail.com

August 18. AERC National Championships hosted by SoCo. 50mi.

August 19, Time TBD.  Trialogue…Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney, Will Clipman at the Francisco Crossing. Subtle, sophisticated sounds: timeless music as old as the earth and sky, yet as fresh and new as tomorrow’s sunrise. Featuring international award-winning multi-flutist and Heart Dance Records recording artist Sherry Finzer playing concert C, alto and bass flutes; luthier and guitarist Darin Mahoney playing his self-built koa and cedar acoustic guitars; and seven-time GRAMMY® Nominee Will Clipman playing a pan-global palette of drums and percussion, this genre-transcending trio blends the depth of classical discipline with the down-home soulfulness of American roots music and the percolating pulse of worldbeat to create an entirely original sound that is at once soothing and energizing. More information will be posted soon.

August 19-20. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain with Paula Little. $150. All levels of experience are welcome in this class. Beginners will learn to draw and professionals will gain greater confidence in their abilities and deepen their artistic expressions. Everyone will be shifting from verbal, analytic processing (Left Brain Mode) to spatial, global processing (Right Brain Mode) through exercises to make rapid progress. Right brain exercises unlock the door for everyone to realize their full artistic potential. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

August 19-20. Peter Yarrow in Concert at Fir. “The answer is blowin’ in the wind” We all know and love the music of the folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Their classic folk songs written in the 1960s are a reflection of the feelings of the social moments of the era and include “Blowin’ In the Wind” and “If I Had a Hammer”. Join us for a special concert with one of the singers and songwriters of the famous trio, Peter Yarrow.
Yarrow co-wrote (with Leonard Lipton) one of the group’s greatest hits, “Puff, the Magic Dragon” which went on to become a beloved children’s classic and the hit pop song “Torn Between Two Lovers”. Join us in welcoming this internationally recognized singer and songwriter to our concert stage at Fir this season! Rio Grande Scenic Train departs Alamosa at 10:30am and Fort Garland 11:15. www.coloradotrain.com.

August 19. The Spanish Peaks regular LD. SoCo Endurance.

August 20, 2:00. Lions, No Tigers, and Bears. Oh My! The Spanish Peaks are home to the largest black bear population in Colorado and was once home to grizzly bears and wolves. Rarely seen, but also abundant in this area, are mountain lions, also known as cougars. (Unlike Dorothy, we do not need to be concerned about tigers in the Spanish Peaks region!) This lecture will cover wildlife safety, focusing on how to avoid dangerous confrontations with local wildlife such as bears, coyotes, mountain lions, rattle snakes and more. We will learn about wildlife behavior and what to do (and not do) if one finds themselves face to face with a possibly dangerous critter. The lecture runs from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. There is no charge. The program is family friendly, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

August 20. The Spanish Peaks 100 “Wah Cup“. SoCo Endurance.

August 25, 5:00-7:00pm. Fourth Friday Art Walk.

August 25, 5:00-7:00pm.  4th Friday Art Walk. Nicole Copel will be the Featured Artist. La Veta Gallery on Main.

August 26, 10am to 2pm. Harvest Tour. www.lvpl.org.

August 29-September 30. Technology in Art exhibit at SPACe. Reception Sept. 9, 5 – 7 pm. www.spanishpeaksarts.org

September 5-9. Experimental Drawing/Painting Workshop with Peggy Zehring. $375 per week. You will have 5 days (or if you sign up for both classes, 11 days) to discover and explore your own unique style. Emphasis will be on creativity and originality and having fun with your art. Using tools, charcoal and paint, you will explore mark-making, paint possibilities, making sense of nonsense, trusting your own vision and the psychology of line, form and color. You will also begin to learn the language of abstraction. No experience is necessary. A supply list will be sent when you register. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

September 5-30. Michelangelo’s bozzetti sculpture exhibit from the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. Reception Sept. 9, 5 – 7 pm. www.spanishpeaksarts.org

September 11-15. Experimental Drawing/Painting Workshop with Peggy Zehring. $375 per week. You will have 5 days (or if you sign up for both classes, 11 days) to discover and explore your own unique style. Emphasis will be on creativity and originality and having fun with your art. Using tools, charcoal and paint, you will explore mark-making, paint possibilities, making sense of nonsense, trusting your own vision and the psychology of line, form and color. You will also begin to learn the language of abstraction. No experience is necessary. A supply list will be sent when you register. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

September 21-24. Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival. www.celticmusicfest.com

September 23, 5:00-7:00pm. “Turning Leaves” – Show Opening. La Veta Gallery on Main.

September 25-30. Ricky Tims Rhapsody Retreat. www.rickytims.com.

September 30. 4th Annual Summer’s End Dance Revue hosted by Frieda Lessar.

September 30. Francisco Fort Museum Closing Day. www.franciscofort.org.

October 3-November 4. 41/41 Fundraising show at SPACe. Reception Oct. 7, 5 – 7 pm. www.spanishpeaksarts.org

October 5. Walk to School Day.

October 7. Oktoberfest 5k Fun Run/Walk.

October 7. La Veta Oktoberfest.

October 7, 10:00am-6:00pm. Oktoberfest Special Event at the La Veta Gallery on Main.

October 7. Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Oktoberfest Train. Departs Alamosa 9:30. Two-hour layover in La Veta. Celebrate the popular German festival in the Southern Colorado Rockies at the La Veta Oktoberfest. An extended train stop will let you explore the town’s German Bier Garden and festival booths before you let us do the driving back to Alamosa. On board the train enjoy live music in the Club Car and a selection of beer inspired by the season from the San Luis Valley Brewery and a variety of food choices will be available for purchase. Souvenir glasses will be available for sale www.coloradotrain.com for ticket information.

October 14-15. Art Welding with Doug Anderson. $150 (Lab Fee $60). This intensive two-day class will give you a hands on introduction to gas and mig welding techniques for creating found object and mild steel sculpture. You will also learn common methods for cutting steel. Various other commonly implemented arts metal techniques will be discussed in detail as well as basic welding safety. On day two, the instructor will assist you in creating a sculpture from found objects that you have brought for that purpose. Class limited to 6. Go to www.lvsa.org for more information about this class and registration information.

November 9-January 6. Annual Gift of Art Show and Holiday Art Market at SPACe. Reception Nov. 11, 5 – 7 pm. www.spanishpeaksarts.org