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Alzheimer’s class

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now.


The Pueblo West Library is hosting a legal and financial planning for families dealing with Alzheimer’s from 4 to 6 p.m. May 13.

This workshop is for anyone who would like to know more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place.


Lunch and learn

National Small Business Week celebrates a lunch and Learn for the Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce.

Enjoy a catered lunch while learning about the library’s business resources from noon to 1 p.m. May 16 at the Pueblo West Library.

Reference USA discussed.


Memorial Day Observance set

The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Observance that will be held by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5812, American Legion Post 207 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 4471 and the auxiliaries of each organization at 11 a.m. May 26 at the Pueblo West Golden Guardian Park, 230 S. McCulloch Blvd.

A welcoming and introduction, followed by the Posting of Colors, patriotic songs, invocation, laying of the wreaths by each organization, taps, a reading of Flanders Field and a closing benediction.

Following a flag folding ceremony, there will be a free lunch hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5812, American Legion Post 207 and the Fraternal Order of Eagle 4471 at the Eagles new building at 348 S. McCulloch Blvd.


Amateur Radio Club meeting

The Pueblo West Amateur Radio Club will be holding a testing session for all levels of amateur radio at noon on Saturday, May 17th in the Pueblo West Library located at 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd. in Pueblo West.

Following the testing session, a regular business meeting will be held at 2 p.m.

If you are interested in amateur radio, please join us.

Testing sessions are held throughout the year and members are always willing to help newcomers.


Cancer awareness panel

SonRise Church and St. Mary Corwin Hospital are sponsoring a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. May 15 on cancer and how it affects the body, including treatment, new approaches, Pueblo area specifics and prevention.

SonRise Church is at 421 E. Spaulding Ave.

For more information, call 545-0557.

Light refreshments will be provided.


Cripple Creek Bus Trip

The Marine Corps League of Pueblo, a not-for-profit charitable organization, is sponsoring a bus trip to Cripple Creek on May 10, departing at 9 a.m. from the west side patrolled parking area of the Midtown Shopping Center, 1000 W. 6th St.

Cost is $25 per person 21 or older which includes a $25 coupon book plus free games and prizes on the way.

The bus will depart Cripple Creek at 6 p.m. for return trip.

Call 719-948-4774 or 719-406-6654 for reservations, which must be paid in advance.


Senior/Retirees potluck lunch

The Pueblo and Pueblo West Seniors/Retirees monthly potluck luncheon is from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. May 8 at the Pueblo West Memorial Recreational Center.

Plan a covered dish or dessert to share.

Bring own table service, as well.

Coffee and tea will be provided.

For information call 719-696-9447 (membership committee)

Guests are always welcome.



Come and learn about the fastest growing game in the country at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at Lovell Park.

For more information, call 547-0768.


Spring plant sale

The Gardeners at Cattail Crossing are having their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon May 17 at the Pueblo West Library, 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd.

A wide variety of plants will be available at good prices, and many are perfect choices for waterwise gardens in Pueblo West.

This year’s sale features ornamental grasses, perennials, annuals, natives, and herbs.

In addition to a great selection of plants, shoppers can get planting advice from The Gardeners.

All proceeds go toward the ongoing beautification of The Garden at Cattail Crossing.


Creative writing workshop slated

The 2014 Creative Writing Workshop is a four-week, two-hour workshop that focuses on the practice of writing from 6 to 8 p.m., Mondays, June 2 to June 23.

Like running, the more you do it, the better you get at it. The class is intended to subtract rules for writing, not add them. Continue to practice.

Workshop includes different techniques and methods for the practice of writing.

Writers will meet at 6 p.m. Mondays at various locations throughout the four-week period for inspiration, beginning first at Pueblo City-County Library in the Thurston Room as a starting point. Cost is $200 for the four-week workshop.

Bring a favorite notebook and pen.

For more information, contact Christine at


Food safety training

Are you interested in bringing your home-made food products to market?

This training offered by CSU Extension- Pueblo County will provide food safety training required by the Colorado Cottage Food Act. Extension Agent, Lois Illick, will present food safety training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers from 9 a.m. to noon May 14 at CSU Extension, 701 Court Street, Suite C, in Pueblo.

Learn foods permissible in the Cottage Foods Act, ingredient labeling requirements, as well as basic food safety for a home business.

Registration fee of $20 (cash or check only) is required in the office by May 7 to register.

For more information, contact CSU Extension at 583-6566.


Living Circle

The Living Circle Therapeutic Center, 427 Colorado, is offering a low-cost massage clinic every Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sessions are only $15 for a 30-minute massage with hour bookings available.

Massage options include deep tissue, Swedish, facial, reflexology and sports.

Appointments are required.

To schedule an appointment, call 778-1269.


New pastor at Our Savior’s

Reverend Edward Maanum will be installed as pastor to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pueblo West, at 6:30 p.m. A finger-food reception will follow.  Worship time will be at 9 a.m. with Bible Study and Children’s Ministry at 10:15 a.m.  Rev. Maanum also serves Bethany Lutheran Church in Pueblo.  On May 4, a farewell Potluck Dinner will be held to honor Rev. Lyle Stuehrenberg, who has served as interim pastor since the fall of 2012.


Pueblo Light Connection

Join Pueblo Light Connection on April 13 when metaphypsical teacher Linda Weiner will lead an enlightening conversation circle on the topics that are of interest to you during this time of great change.  

What have you been experiencing?  

What questions or thoughts do you have that you would like to share with others of like mind?  

You may participate in the discussion or simply listen and take in whatever resonates for you.

Pueblo Light Connection will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. in the first floor Brett Kelly Room of the Rawlings Library, 100 Abriendo Avenue in Pueblo.

There are no fees, and everyone is welcome.  

For more information, click on the website at


Neighborhood Crime website

The Pueblo West Neighborhood Crime Watch has a new website that details meeting information and upcoming events.

The website is at the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office page at, then click on the Neighborhood Watch.


Iron Ladies Golf League

The Iron Ladies 9 hole Golf League is looking for new members to join the 26-member league.

The purpose is recreation, socializing and assisting in the development of skills and knowledge of the golf game.

The league plays from April through October on Tuesday mornings.  

For more information, call Molly, 372-6847 or Denise, 547-0424. 


Nature Toddlers

Being outdoors with young children and babies during the cool days of winter is healthy for both parents and young ones.

At Nature Toddlers we enjoy being outside to play games, learn songs and explore what is happening on the forest floor at the Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah.

Join us for this fun hour of learning, exploration and play at 2 p.m. May 10; 10 a.m. May 16; 2 p.m. June 14 or 10 a.m. June 20.


Yoga at MPEC

Yoga is back, and switched to Tuesday evenings at the Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah.

Julie Emmons of Open Yoga Studio in Pueblo is our new yoga instructor.

Seasoned or beginners, this class is a great way to experience yoga in Beulah.

Classes are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, through June 17.

Details/registration at


We R Singles meeting slated

Pueblo West residents ages 55 and older are invited to become part of the We R Singles group of Pueblo West.

The club meets for breakfast on Monday mornings, lunch every other Thursday, and dinner the second Wednesday of the month.

Travel is anyway you can get there, whether it’s by car, bike, walk or horseback.

For more information, call Lew at 547-0235.


Art show at Blue Spruce

From Southwestern vistas to wild turkeys: yes, those big, strange birds, Coleen Bobinac creates watercolor paintings that are sure to command your attention, and often your acquisition.

Bobinac, a local artist and resident of Fremont County for the past 35 years, has make a name for herself in the art world.

On the state and national level, she has exhibited in galleries from New Jersey to California with her work in permanent collections such as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

For more information, call 784-1339


Women’s Connection

The Pueblo Women’s Connection invites all women and guests to its Travelin’ Along luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 8 at All Seasons Event Center, 113 W. 1st Street.

Tickets are $14.

For information, call Susan at 994-7468 or email Kris at


”Meals on Wheels” help

The Senior Resource Development Agency is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Pueblo.

Meals go out at approximately 10:45 a.m. and a typical route takes approximately one hour. Drivers must have their own vehicle, a valid driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance and also must pass a background check. Days of the week are flexible and mileage reimbursement is offered.

For more information call Karen at 553-3422.


Lake Pueblo asks public’s help

Several birds have chosen to nest in several Lake Pueblo State Park locations where the public may encounter them. The park is asking for help in keeping those sites safe.

This is a vulnerable time for bird parents and their young, so park officials are asking people to observe and photograph nests from a safe and respectful distance. Simply walking by a nest may flush the parents from the area, causing stress and potential danger to the young.

In order to protect these birds, perimeters have been set up at some of the nest sites at the park. Visitors who encounter taped-off areas or buoys near nest sites are asked to stay back. Not only are the perimeters in place to protect the birds, but also the public.

Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times at the park. Off-leash dogs are a factor in many nest failures.


Library group slates dinner

The Friends of the Pueblo Library has scheduled its annual dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 9 in the Ryals Room of the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library. The featured speakers will be Marine Col. (Ret.) Harvey “Barney” Barnum and Maj. (Ret.) Drew Dix, both Medal of Honor recipients.

Barnum earned the Medal of Honor for valor during the Vietnam War. He then served as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for reserve affairs. He is a past president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Dix is the first enlisted man in the Special Forces to have earned the Medal of Honor. He is the co-founder and board chairman for the Center for American Values. He is the author of “The Rescue of River City,” his account of the events in January 1968 for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

The public is welcome. Tickets for the dinner are $25 and are available at Books Again, 622 W. Union. For reservations, please call 543-4688. Tickets must be purchased by May 2. For further information, contact Mary Simmons at 584-2432 or Doris Kester at 546-667.


Little League baseball in PW

Pueblo West Baseball Club has joined forces with Little League International and is proud to bring competitive youth baseball to Pueblo West this summer for Pueblo West youth residents only. Pueblo West Little League will have two divisions of minor league (ages 7-11) and major league (ages 8-12), available to boys and girls.

This year’s season will run from April to the end of June.

Cost for each player will be $60. Full uniforms will be provided with a 12 game schedule.

Registration forms can be obtained online at

A birth certificate and proof of residence (any utility bill will work) are also required for sign up.

The league is also looking for anyone interested coaching positions or becoming a member of the Little League board. Positions available include Secretary, Treasure, Player Agent, Coaching Coordinator, and Safety Officer.

For more information on registration or open positions contact, Mike Deulen, President for Pueblo West Little League at: 719-499-9095, or

Registration forms can also be submitted at this email.


Tax prep help offered by VITA

Taxpayers with a total household income of $51,000 or less will be able to have their federal and state income taxes prepared and e-filed free of charge at free tax sites in Pueblo.

IRS/VITA (Internal Revenue Service/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) mobile income tax sites opened Feb. 3 in Pueblo to serve taxpayers with free tax preparation and filing.

The IRS has set the annual income level at $51,000 per household for those eligible for the free service. All sites provide free preparation, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Volunteers also are still being recruited to become IRS-certified tax preparers to serve in the sites during the tax season.

For more information, call 296-8768.


Oasis Christian Church

Oasis Christian Church holds its worship service at 10 a.m. each Sunday. The church is located at 347 S. Del Norte Ave. in Pueblo West. For additional information call 719-647-0800 or log onto

A new opportunity for young adults, age 18-24ish, to fellowship with others their age while doing various activities from a movie night to games.

Overflow-Teen Ministry, grades 6-12, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the church.

The church is located at 347 S. Del Norte Ave. in Pueblo West. For additional information on the church or its programs, call 719-647-0800 or log onto


Volunteer programs

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for three of our volunteer programs.

If your New Year’s Resolution was to get more involved in the Pueblo Community, to give back, or to make a real difference in the lives of others, volunteering may be just what you are looking for: 

Courier Details and Requirements. For more than 14 years, the Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Couriers have provided daily delivery service to the Sheriff’s Office and related criminal justice agencies. 

Aside from the background and driving record checks, the applicants must have the ability to comfortably walk one mile. 

Applications are available at the Sheriff’s Pueblo West Substation, 320 E. Joe Martinez Blvd., and Emergency Services Bureau, 320 10th St. B-1 (Judicial Building basement) in Pueblo. 

For more information, call Sherri Herrera 583-6204 or John Parmenter 647-0547.

ACOVA Details and Requirements. Since 1991, ACOVA has been committed to ensuring the rights of victims.

They work to offer support to victims of crime by directing them to the appropriate resources and being there for Pueblo County citizens and guests in times of crisis. 

Volunteers are required to participate in an extensive training program and are expected to be available as on-call support a minimum of two 24-hour periods each month.

For more information, call Jan Curtis 553-2490 or Jennifer Olmstead 553-2460.


Washington DC Trip scheduled

There is still time to register for a trip to Washington D.C. that will take place June 12-15.

The trip is arranged by School Tours of America and is a great experience for students, siblings and parents.

For more information, call Skyview Middle School at 547-1175.


Retired RVers monthly meeting

Retired RVers who may be interested in an RV club are invited to attend a monthly luncheon meeting about the club by calling 547-7537.

From April through October, the RV club holds a monthly weekend camp-out and during the winter, a monthly luncheon.

For more information, call 547-7537.


Thursday Cruisers

The Thursday night cruiser rides officially ended in October with colder weather and shorter days. 

But at least two cyclists are still meeting to ride if anyone is interested. 

You are welcome to join Tim and Anthony who continue to meet at Bingo Buger at 6 p.m. and ride an hour or so.

They tend to swing by Bingo Burger around 6:30 p.m. to see if any others come to join a bit later. 

For more information, click on the website at


Compassion food bank

The Compassion Food Bank hours have changed.

The new hours will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Pueblo West Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 5812, 127 E. Spaulding Ave.

The VFW requests a $15 donation to help cover the cost of the truck, as well as fuel.

For more information, call 547-2770.


Kingdom training

Kingdom Training Center is offering training every Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Kingdom Dimensions and Expressions of the Tabernacle, 30, 60 and 100 Fold Revelational Truths at 5 Fold Training and Equipping Center, 2601 N. Elizabeth in Pueblo.

For more information, call 271-2792.


Ladies Auxiliary meetings slated

The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5812 of Pueblo West will meet every first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 127 E Spaulding Ave.

Membership requirements can be picked at the VFW Post 5812 or you can call 719-547-2770 for more information. All family members of a qualified veteran are encouraged to join one of these auxiliaries to help ensure the continued support of the programs that help veterans receive the Aid and Benefits they are entitled to receive.


Men’s auxiliary meetings set

The newly formed Veterans of Foreign Wars Men’s Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at the VFW, 127 E. Spaulding Ave.

Membership in the men’s auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars shall be limited to husbands, widowers, fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons, brothers, half-brothers who attaines that status prior to age 16 or persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.


VFW meeting changes time

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5812 of Pueblo West have changed their meeting day and time to the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the VFW hall located at 127 E. Spaulding Ave. in Pueblo West.

All qualified veterans are invited to join and take part in helping fellow vets and enriching our Pueblo West community.


Bingo comes to the VFW

The VFW Post 5812 now is offering Progressive Bingo on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

The doors will open at 10 a.m. and Bingo will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Bingo will be held in the back hall of the VFW Post 5812, 127 E. Spaulding Ave.

A limited lunch menu will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 547-2770.


Mystery book club meetings

The Pueblo West Mystery Book Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Pueblo West Library.

For more information, call Judi at 225-3039.


PW book club meets

The Pueblo West Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. the last Monday of each month at the Pueblo West Library, 298 Joe Martinez Blvd.

All interested adults are welcome.

Call 547-4247 for more information.


Third Thursday moves to Friday

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5812 will be moving the third Thursday dinner to the fourth Friday, beginning April 25. The dinners are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the VFW, 127 E. Spaulding Ave., in Pueblo West.

The menus vary each month, as well as price.

The public is welcome.

All meals go toward projects supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for veterans.


Al-Anon family group starts

A second Al-Anon family group has started in Pueblo West.

The group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. every Sunday at SonRise Church, 421 E. Spaulding Ave, Room 115.

For more information, call 547-9589.


Donations sought

Black Forest Crosses for Losses is collecting winter items for the people who are living in camps on their land where they once had a home. 

Donations are needed to help these families who lost everything get thru the cold weather.  Donations are needed for cloths, coats, hats, gloves, boots, especially for men. 

Clayton Homes is at 3912 N. Freeway Road (Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 50) next to UHaul, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


Horse 4-H program

The Pueblo West Twisters horse group are looking for new members for the upcoming 4-H year.

Kids ages 8-18 that would like to participate with a horse project are encouraged to join us.

The 4-H offers horse programs for halter, western, English, ranch and gymkhana.

There are various levels from beginner (walk-trot) to experienced riders.

The object is to learn and gain confidence.

For more information, contact Ammie Thomas at 225-9961 or


Civil Air Patrol meetings set

The Civil Air Patrol — Pueblo Eagles Composite Squadron, meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Colorado National Guard Armory, 1215 Acero St., in Pueblo.

The meetings are for youth ages 12 to 18 and adults.

For more information, call Captain Shad Brown at 250-0887 or click on the website at


Senior series at library offered

A series of programs for  older couples and adult children with older parents is offered by the Pueblo West Library, 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd. The programs will center on topics that are of concern to older adults.

Carol Martin, attorney, will present a program called Legal and Financial Planning for families dealing with Alzheimer’s from 4 to 6 p.m. May 13.

This workshop is for those who would like to know more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place.

The next program will be at 4 p.m. June 10, led by Tara Morrow, ARCH director at the Senior Resource Development Agency, and will focus on Senior Services in Pueblo County.

Established in 1971, the SRDA was created by a small group of citizens who were interested in providing meals to homebound seniors in the Pueblo community.

Since then, SRDA has evolved into a comprehensive, coordinated “one stop shop” that provides a wide range of senior and intergenerational services.

All programs are free and open to the public.

For more information about any of these events, contact Deborah Krauth at 562-5667.


John C. Fremont Library events

Here is a list of youth activities scheduled at the John C. Fremont Library, 130 Church St., in Florence.

Story Time (very Tuesday except during school holidays) January thru April) — 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Any questions, please contact Robin at 719-784-4649 ext. 2.

Wednesday After School Teen Group:

Each Wednesday after school, teens in grades 6th through 9th grade are invited to the John C. Fremont Library for crafts, games, science and just all around fun times. Snacks will be provided. Activities run 2:10 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.. Any questions, contact Robin at (719) 784-4649 ext. 2


Mother’s Day Silent Auction

The Friends of the John C. Fremont Library are having their annual Mother’s Day silent auction and a kids’ gift shop through May 8. Place your bids on auction items by 2 p.m. May 8.

Proceeds will go toward library services.


May’s celebrated artists slated

Treyc Fowler, of Canon City, will be displaying her bold and colorful acrylic paintings.

Her art reception is at 2 p.m. May 10.

Florence artist, Reta Johnson, is a lover of vivid colors.

Her brightly painted glass bottles are on display through May.


Geocaching through history

Local historian, Dorothy Cool, will explain the basics of geocaching at 7 p.m. May 15 at the John C. Fremont Library in Florence.

She will discuss the process of geocaching and the equipment needed for this fun activity that anyone can do.


Celebration of state capitols

Join Colorado author Richard Gibson for a pictorial tour through the history of our 50 state capitols at 7 p.m. May 20 at the John C. Fremont Library in Florence. Gibson will share fascinating historical stories and display capitol memorabilia.


China students make movies

Modern Chinese History students at Colorado State University-Pueblo have created short documentary films. There will be a public screening of the films at 1 p.m. May 2 in the library auditorium.


Learn about bats

Amy Englert of Colorado Parks and Wildlife will speak to the Cañon City Geology Club at 7 p.m. May 12 about “Bats in South Central Colorado.” Colorado has about 18 species of bats with about six species such as little browns, big browns, and Townsend Big-eared bats more common.

Bats can be very beneficial to us and are fun to watch.

Englert will explain where they live, their flight, audible calls, and where they roost during the day.

Business meeting at 6 p.m. and program starts at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on the northwest corner of 9th St and Main in Cañon City.

For more information, contact Cindy at


Culinary classes May 27 at PCC

Pueblo Community College is starting a series of culinary arts program classes during the summer session scheduled to start May 27. Courses offered are “Sanitation,” “Beginning Cooking” and “Introduction to Hospitality.”

Registration is now underway in PCC’s Go!Zone enrollment center for those who want to get a head start on introductory courses in order to be ready for more advanced classes in the fall. For more information, call 549-3071 or email


United Way grants available

United Way of Pueblo County has funding for three grants targeting senior programs, mental health services and unmet needs. The grants will range from $5,000 to $30,000.

Proposals/applications should address a pressing, unmet human-service need, senior programs or mental health services.

The grants are intended to help launch a new program or venture, or to substantially strengthen an existing program that isn’t already funded by United Way.

Current United Way partner agencies and any nonprofit agency with a 501(c)(3) IRS designation may apply. The deadline for submission is noon on May 30.

For applications and specific grant guidelines, log on at For more information, call United Way at 583-4455.


Spirit tastes at El Pueblo

El Pueblo History Museum has scheduled its first “Whiskeys of the West” fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. May 16. The fundraiser will be held at the museum inside the Trading Post Plaza. Guests will be treated to a spirit tasting featuring top Colorado craft distillers, food, live music courtesy of Desirae Garcia and living history presentations.

Tickets for the event are $20 each and can be purchased at the museum. Tickets purchased in advance also include admission to the Wild Wild West Festival. All proceeds from this event support adobe and building restoration in the Trading Post, an integral part of the museum that provides education to thousands of local children each year. Guests must be 21 or older.

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