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Merry Merchant Hunt businesses

Looking for that special prize? Looking for something to do this holiday season that includes community participation?

The Pueblo West Chamber Merry Merchant Hunt organizers are looking for businesses that want to participate.

If interested, contact Judy Leonard at 547-5002 or 242-5715 for details.

Without business participation, the hunt will be defunct.

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Living nativity

The Pueblo West community is invited to a Living Nativity on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 at Pueblo West Baptist Church, 180 E. Croyden Dr.

There will be three showings each night at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Attendees can pet the animals and take pictures.

Hot chocolate and homemade cookies will be serviced.

For more information, call 547-2858.

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Youth performance

Celebrate the Christmas season with The Oasis Christian Church at 10 a.m. Dec. 22 with a special performance by the youth.

Free pictures with Santa will follow immediately at 12:30 p.m. at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.

For more information, call 647-0800 or click on the website at www.theoasiscc.com.

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Teen Lock-in

Calling all teens.

New Year’s Eve Lock-in Teen Event sponsored by the Overflow-Teen Ministry of The Oasis Christian Church is from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 8 a.m. Jan. 1 at the new building at 347 S. Del Norte in Pueblo West.

Events include food, games, movies, laughter and fellowship to ring in the New Year all for free.

For more information, call 647-0800 or email jeff-daphne@theoasiscc.com visit our website www.theoasiscc.com

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Grand opening

A grand opening celebration of the Oasis Christian Church’s new home is at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at 347 S. Del Norte in Pueblo West.

Festivities will include food and a service at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 647-0800 or click on the website at www.theoasiscc.com.

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Pancake breakfast

The Pueblo West Firefighters’ Association is holding its monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Fire Station 1, on the corner of Hahns Peak Avenue and Joe Martinez Boulevard.

Donation of $5 per plate are appreciated.

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Ribbon cutting

The Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting celebration for Snap Fitness’ gorgeous new location at 4:30 p.m. today at 279 S. Purcell Blvd.

For more information, call 544-7627.

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With Love and Blessings

Don’t miss this chance to meet one of the Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce’s newest members and a great asset to the Pueblo West community.

A ribbon cutting is set at noon Dec. 14 at 434 S. McCulloch Blvd.

With Love & Blessings is a locally-owned gift shop with many high quality items to choose from for the special people in your life.

Check them out as as a destination for your Christmas shopping.

What a great opportunity to shop local during the Christmas season.

For more information, call 647-9086.

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Arts, crafts, gift fair

Colorado State University-Pueblo Classified Staff Council is hosting its fourth annual Holiday Arts, Crafts, and Gift Fair from 1 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14-15.

This event is free and open to the public.

Stop by the OUC Ballroom for your last minute Christmas shopping and support our local artisans.

Proceeds support Student scholarships and other humanitarian efforts.

For more information, call 549-2574.

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Irish Club of Pueblo

The Irish Club of Pueblo hosts a luncheon and program at 11:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month.

For more information, call 948-1388.

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Colorado Master Gardener course

Attention all gardeners: Are you looking for the latest information on soil, insects, weed management?

The most effective way of planting and pruning trees and shrubs or how to grow more productive vegetables?

Colorado State University Extensions Office-Pueblo is offering a day time Colorado master gardener training course Thursdays beginning Jan. 23 through March 27.

For application and details, contact 583-6566 or http://pueblo.colostate.edu.

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Compassion food bank

The Compassion Food Bank is open every first Wednesday of every month from noon to 4 p.m. at the Pueblo west Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 5812, 127 E. Spaulding Ave.

This is available to anyone.

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

For more information, call 547-2770.

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Weight and Wellness

Please join this support group in an in-depth look into three components of individual wellness and weight loss.

This Christian perspective will focus on peaceful harmony between the mind, the spirit and the body by overcoming every day battles.

It will continue at 6 p.m. for eight weeks at 1099 W. Mcculloch Blvd.

For more information, email myweightismyweapon@gmail.com.

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Straight talk on the future

Many are concerned with what is going to happen in their lifetime.

The Peak will host a series on the last book of the Bible, Revelation, taught by Pastor Craig Chambers each week from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The purpose of the book is to encourage those who trust in God by showing how the future will unfold.

As always, this will be free to everyone, including the materials and child care. 

The Peak is located at 694 E. Spaulding Avenue (the south frontage road between McCulloch and Purcell boulevards).

For more information, call 647-2248 or click on the website at www.thepeakchurch.net

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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.

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Pueblo West 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.

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Toastmasters meeting slated

The Pueblo Toastmaster Club No. 795 meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:15 p.m. at the Security Service Federal Credit Union, 310 E. Abriendo Ave., in Pueblo.

All interested parties are welcome to attend.

The Toastmasters Club offers an educational program to enhance your public speaking and communications skills.

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Swedish weavers meeting slated

Join the Pueblo West Swedish Weavers from 10 to noon Mondays at the Pueblo West Library. 

All Swedish Weavers welcome, as well as those interested in learning this wonderful type of needle work. 

For more information, call Cathy at 925-817-8297.

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Therapy riding center in Penrose

Footprints Equestrian Center, a nonprofit organization in Penrose, is looking for volunteers for their growing center.

Volunteer openings for lessons, horse care, office and facility work.  

Footprints Equestrian Center, a nonprofit organization in Penrose, is a therapeutic riding center that provides a safe environment for interactions between children, youth, adults, and horses.  

Click on the website for information: footprintsequestriancenter.org.

For more information, call Linda at 719-784-7722 or 719-338-6846.

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Ladies Auxiliary Third Thursday

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5812 will be hosting third Thursday dinners 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.

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New VFW men’s auxiliary slated

The newly formed Veterans of ForeignWars 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.

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VFW meeting change

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.

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Civil Air Patrol meets

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 www.puebloeagles.us.

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.

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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.

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Donations sought

Five months after the Black Forest Fire, families who have lost their homes face a new challenge, winter.

 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. 

There are hundreds of families living in their campers, trailers, cars and tents as winter arrives. 

 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 of Pueblo has offered taking in donations for Black Forest Crosses for Losses. 

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.

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ACOVA seeking volunteers

ACOVA (A Community Organization for Victim Assistance) is accepting applications for volunteer victim advocates.

ACOVA is the victim assistance unit of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and works with the Pueblo Police Department as well as emergency first responders to provide assistance to victims of crime and circumstance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For more information on how to volunteer with please contact Jan at 553-2460, Ruth at 553-2490 or go to www.acovapueblo.org/Volunteer.html.

Training classes will begin in late January.

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